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Catch (Umhlanga)

Catch (Umhlanga)
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Cost
R115 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Seafood, Thai
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No fee BYO

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

Food
The menu at Catch is anything but short. The extensive list of options range from Asian dishes like sushi, dim sum and curry to classic seafood combos, shellfish and fish burgers.

To start, try the golden spring rolls with prawn and coriander, or go straight for the rock shrimp tempura. These delicious morsels are battered and fried before being doused in a sweet, spicy mayo. They’re served on a banana leaf for extra pizzazz with a sprinkling of spring onion.

There’s also a range of steamed dim sum that are great for sharing. Try the prawn and shiitake version or opt for the dim sum platter, if you’re with a crowd.

For mains, the options are seemingly endless. The ocean-themed menu has everything from standard battered hake and chips to kingklip thermidor. The baby soles are cooked perfectly and served with a delicate dressing of olive oil and herbs. If you’re indecisive, the reasonably priced combos (served with a very mild wasabi mash, chips, savoury rice or a salad) are a perfect choice. Go for the platter for one with plump medium prawns and melt-in-your-mouth calamari.

There’s a good selection of well made sushi, with some new-style sashimi options. The seared salmon tataki is served with ginger and a delicious miso dressing. It’s spicy, meltingly tender and perfect as a starter or light meal.

If you’re wanting a bit more heat, the seafood curry is delicious and full of flavour and spice.

Desserts include a deep-fried ice cream that’s sweet and satisfying and the chocolate fondant that delivers in oozy-ness.

While it's not fine dining by any stretch, the food at Catch is tasty and perfect for feasting on with friends.

Drinks
The wine list has is somewhat limited with mostly accessible options on the pricey side. The big let down is that the restaurant does not allow patrons to bring their own wine, which means you can’t sip on something more exciting than what's on offer. There are also craft beers and popular fish-bowl cocktails available.

Service
Extremely friendly and hospitable.

Ambience
While the acoustics aren’t fantastic, the ambience is relaxed and the decor is trendy and fresh with pops of blues, yellow and natural wood.

And…
There’s a nipper’s menu for the little ones with options like fish nuggets and chips, and a hake burger with steamed broccoli.

(September 2016)

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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