With a day off work, I took the bus into town and spent a couple of hours wandering, browsing and shopping, picking up a couple of nice things in Cos and Brown Thomas and then made my way to Catch 22 to meet for lunch. I’d heard good things and was keen to try it out. Open since the end of July, Catch 22 is a casual fish restaurant offering dine in and a to go menu also.
On the terrace, bright yellowy orange tables with a blue striped awning, a warm welcome to a relaxed and easy going space. Exposed white washed brickwork, utilitarian tables, chairs and stools, funky signage and a leaning towards a nautical theme throughout.
The menu is all fish – well practically all, there’s 3 items in the ‘seafree’ section – a chicken burger, beef & guinness pie and halloumi salad. The rest of the menu is all about the seafood… starters of chowder, mussels (also available as a main), crab claws, calamari. Mains including fish pie, a shellfish pot (which has my name on it for my next visit!), mackerel fillets, fish burger; there’s sides too, sweet potato fries, mushy peas, slaw…as well as daily specials.
Onto our lunch order, there were 3 of us dining here, I was enjoying lunch with my lovely Mum & Dad. I had the special, Hake with a butterbean and chorizo stew (€12.50). A starter portion of mussels, Cream & garlic steamed mussels, Crusty bread – we ordered without garlic and this was no problem whatsoever. Fish pie was also ordered. And a portion of the calamari ‘for the table’.
Once we had ordered a little mug of whitebait arrived with a lemon mayo dip. This is complementary and such a nice idea. Those little whitebait are very addictive and they did not last long on our table!
The wine list is short but good, more whites than red … on our visit I enjoyed a very nice glass of French Chardonnay, Champ de l’Hort, Languedoc (€7) and there was also a glass of Bois Rosier Languedoc Rose (€7).
The Hake was a perfect dish, light flaky fillets of fish atop bean and chorizo, the flavours all working really well together and at the price of €12.50 incredible value too. The Fish pie, made with fresh and smoked fish, and topped with a cheddar mash was a real hit. It comes with chips, not really sure that’s required, given the mash but we shared them out between us.
The mussel pot was thoroughly enjoyed (I forgot to take a photo with the lid off, sorry!). The mussels tasted great although they were small. The crusty bread was very crusty so you definitely needed to get it into the sauce to soften it up a bit to eat. Really flavoursome sauce and mussels.
The Calamari was delicious. Lightly deep fried in more of a breadcrumb than a batter. And the chilli mayo dip was lovely too. We didn’t need the dish as had plenty in our own courses but good to try something else off the menu and we still managed to eat most!
Finishing with coffees & a tea, it was a very good lunch. Our total bill for 3 people, excluding service came to €63.20. The food was excellent, and we are already planning to return. We all agreed that the people working there were some of the nicest we had come across in a while, service and waiting staff can make or break a place and they seem to have some really good people there. A lovely new find… and delighted it was as good as it was.
Catch 22 | 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2 | 01 6139018 | firstname.lastname@example.org