The first item on my Calgary agenda after checking in at the Hyatt Regency was lunch at Catch. Handy that the restaurant is attached to the hotel making my first feast in the city a cinch.
The main floor features a sunny patio overlooking Stephen Ave as well as a San Francisco inspired Oyster Bar interior. I would be dining on the second floor at Catch, a funky urban seafood-centric fine dining concept which showcases a whimsical blend of old school architecture with fresh cutting-edge design. Established in 2002, in the historic Imperial Bank of Canada building, the space has a lofty feel embellished with exposed shelving, subway tiles and a cutesy deposit box installation in the shape of a fish.
It is no surprise to map enthusiasts that Alberta is a landlocked province so a top notch seafood restaurant in the heart of Calgary may seem a bit oddball. Worry not, the kitchens unique Jet Fresh Seafood program ensures Ocean Wise certified sustainable fish, scallops and oysters are delivered daily from both coasts. The Chef here also has an enthusiasm for showcasing local Alberta flavours. During the growing season his team plucks herbs and fresh vegetables which are grown on the Catch rooftop garden.
Upon arrival I was seated across from the bar and spent my first few minutes at the table fiddling with the restaurant’s extensive wine menu via iPad. The walls here are beautifully outfitted with wine racks which are marked by both new and old world appellations: from France to British Columbia. The Catch sommelier has created a wine list which focuses on small production boutique wineries allowing guests to sample and savour something special.
I was joined at the table by Alyssa from Tourism Calgary. Over the course of the next hour we sampled a few of the restaurants signature dishes while sipping on glasses of vino. We both rambled on about Calgary while rifting through my itinerary. Highlights from my lunch at Catch include a Foie Gras and Game Bird Terrine, Bento Box and Beach Scallops which sat perched on a steaming house made curry.
Special thanks to Tourism Calgary for hosting me as their guest.
Luna Argenta Prosecco, Italy
Shaky Bridge Pinot Noir Rose, New Zealand
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, France
Foie Gras + Game Bird Terrine
kumquat compote, grape jelly, mustard, grilled bread
Lobster Salad Roll
pink shrimp, snow crab, avocado, japanese mayo, brioche, frites
Catch Bento Box
lobster miso soup, daily sushi, tempura, asian slaw
Qualicum Beach Scallops
thai green curry, zucchini, mushrooms, coconut rice