[Dine-Out] Calgary: Catch Restaurant

This was our Valentine’s Day meal this year, figured I should probably do this before it gets waaaaaay too late. 4 1/2 months after the fact…that’s okay right?

We decided to go to the Catch Restaurant, it’s on top of the oyster bar, and it serves more refined food. Like the oyster bar, the Catch Restaurant has an open kitchen so you can see the chefs cooking away. However, the atmosphere in the dining room is much classier; white tablecloths and waiters in vests & bow-ties sort of deal. There’s a big room that you can reserve if you have a large party tucked away in the corner. They managed to decorate the dining room very elegantly without making it feel cold.

We were going to go to Rouge to have their Bone Marrow and Foie Gras Fondue but they were only serving their set Valentine’s Day menu~ Oh well, maybe we’ll go there for our anniversary or something.

I always get this pressure to order alcohol when I eat at a fancy restaurant, does anyone else get that feeling? Like the waiters will think you’re being cheap or something?! I’m just not a big drinking girl, and I never really feel like booze…but I always always always end up ordering an alcoholic beverage when I eat at an expensive restaurant. I’ll have to will myself to stop that. I mean, for all the waiter knows, you could be a recovering alcoholic, right?

Guilt-Ridden White Wine

Of course, we got complimentary bread and butter:


The waiter didn’t say what type of bread this was, but it was very good. I usually avoid having wheat products, but I think I had quite a few of these. Or maybe I was really hungry or something. Either way, the bread really hit the spot.

To start, we shared a Trout Tartare. This is no longer on their menu, but I don’t know why because it was deeeelicious. Hmmm…maybe it’s not in season right now? Regardless, put it back on there (when it is in season) pleeeasseee, I would come back just for this! It was so good. I’ve never had trout tartare before, now I look for it every time I’m eating out. The trout has a much more robust flavour than your typical salmon or tuna.

Trout Tartare

The bf ordered the scallops and veal cheeks for his main. This is also no longer on their menu, it has been replaced it with a seared scallop and pork belly dish. He really enjoyed this dish, especially that accompanying sauce. He probably would’ve licked the plate clean if we were alone.

Sorry! Blurry!

I had been craving lobster for the two weeks leading up to V-Day, so I got their roasted Nova Scotia Lobster. I think this came around to $60.oo? This was really really good. I’ve actually never had lobster at a western restaurant before. I always have it at Chinese restaurants where they’re stir-fried with chili peppers or cooked with a cream sauce, served atop a pile of crispy noodles. I really enjoyed my meal, but I don’t think I’d ordered a whole lobster again. No wait, I’m going to Seattle in August, so I will probably have lobster there. But what I’m saying is that, they’re kind of a hassle to eat, and at a fancy restaurant…it’s not really ideal…ya know what I mean? And for $60.00, there’s a lot of other options that doesn’t involve shell cracking and messy meat extracting.

But...despite the messiness...soooooo good!


The roasted lobster also came with pommes frites & chili garlic butter:

Crispy Fries

Fact: fries at Catch never disappoints.

Bf’s cappuccino:

Coffee after 12:oo pm is too crazy for me to handle

We also got the Cheesecake Sampling to “share” (re: I ate the majority of it, hey I figured the cappuccino was his dessert, and this would be mine! ^__^):

Trio of Cheesecake

I’m such a sucker for cheesecake. Mmmm…creamy-cream-cheesy-ness, what’s not to like?

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Edible Cookie Pearls

Pistachio Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake

My favoriate was definitely the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, hands down no contest!

100 8 Avenue Southeast
Calgary, AB T2G 0K6

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