Catch 22, JBR

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on December 12th, 2016

About

It’s Catch ‘o clock!
Follow the fresh sea breeze down to the shore and find the quirky and colourful shack that is Catch22 for a seafood experience that’s right at home in multicultural Dubai.

Catch22 is every seafood lover’s dream, bringing together the best, classic dishes from across the world, as well as dishes with their own unique take on fusion. So if you’re looking for mouthwatering seafood in every form from soups to sandwiches to pasta to sushi rolls (and even a delicious selection of salads, vegetarian and meat dishes), not to mention desserts to satiate every sweet tooth – head to Catch22. It’s the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or just a quick snack by the sea!

Review

Catch 22 literally means a paradoxical situation, and the restaurant completely feeds on the idea to create these awe-inspiring dishes that may sound absurd, but they taste like heaven! We are so glad we discovered this place at the very picturesque JBR, of course, beach-facing with all its glory, but the real crowd-pullers are the quirky signboards and meme's that are oh so brilliantly  hung and placed all over the restaurant. They are sure worth a chuckle and are completely Snapchat and Instagram worthy. We were there during the evening so we got a gist of the place in daylight as well as dim light with the music going up as it got darker. The place has a very young vibe whilst being able to serve food that would please any old soul. We had a splendid time there in terms of the hospitality, the ambiance, and the glorious food. Each dish had a character of its own and stood out to be remembered for a very long time indeed. We had our favorites, sure, but when we put them down on a list it was almost the whole menu. So read along and experience with your eyes till you waltz your way there unable to wait any longer!

Beverages

​Cappuccino/Latte:

Brilliant coffee. Served piping hot straight from the kitchen. It is something to be sipping on great coffee while eating great food. 
Mojito:

Lightly flavored but very refreshing. Of course, it was an innocent drink with just the right amount of well, sugar. 
Lotus Milkshake:

A giant glass of caramel milk essentially. What I did love about it was that it was not overly sweet and I genuinely appreciate being able to control my diabetes? #joke But on a serious note, it was delightfully yum and easy on the tummy. 

Food

​Chicken Fondue:
Creamy brie fondue with buttermilk coated and fried chicken, shitake mushrooms and soft focaccia bread.

A perfect appetizer to share with your friends. A brie fondue is unheard of and proved to be an eye-opener for all those pseudo cheddar cheese fondues we have been gulping all our lives in Dubai. Bits of chicken popcorn went amazingly well with it and so did the focaccia. We only wished the shitake had some taste on it, as it was just a chewy  piece and did nothing to compliment the subtle brie. 
C22 Shrimp:
Batter fried shrimp tossed in a spiced chili aioli, served over a sweet and sour tropical fruit salsa.

PF Chang's started it and everyone tries to replicate it. Now, even though no one can do justice to the original, their version came pretty close and was a different kind of yummy! Not bad at all, and I would say a must order for anyone who likes shrimps! On our special request, they served us some extra sauce, which added to the flavor and spice and made it uber appetizing.
Cheeseburger Quesadilla:
Layers over layers of melty seasoned cheeseburger, crispy tortillas, queso sauce, with pepper cheese, pico de gallo salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. 

I mean who has even heard of something so American like the cheeseburger smashed with something so Spanish like a quesadilla? The amalgamation of these two concepts is just bomb. A beef patty is flattened and spread between the tortilla and the process is repeated to create a tall-ish layer of the lusciousness. And of course, to add more of a Spanish twist, it's topped with sour cream and guac. One bite into it and you cannot put it dow. It's like you get the cheeseburger sans the interfering bread and then you confuse but delight your palette with the guac and the salsa kicking in. A.MUST.TRY.
Tempura Mac N Cheese:
Creamy Mac & Cheese roll with bacon bits and pickled jalapeno. 

Fried Mac and Cheese? I'm SOLD. These came as a portion of 6 balls and they did not seem enough for the 3 of us. Crispy fried mac and cheese balls were served on a bed of cheesy dipped sliced jalapeno. It is a great game day appetizer and a favorite with kids and adults alike! 
Po Boy Sliders:
A signature 3-in-1 appetizer pack of poached lobster, fried hammour fish, and crispy batter fried prawns each served on a slider bun with Louisiana remoulade, crisp lettuce, and fresh sliced tomato.

These were an ultra cute edition to our table. They came in with colorful and funky mini-buns which lit up the entire table. One bite into them was magical.
Chicken Shawarma Roll:
A traditional chicken shawarma that takes you back to the roots, literally! It comes with garlic mayonnaise, crisp pickles, and fries on the side. 

Again, have you ever heard about shawarma filling in a scooped cucumber shell? It is a great option for the health conscious for sure, without being really dull. Cucumber is a great ingredient to maintain the freshness and add a bit of a crunch to the chicken mush without it being chips. It was an instant hit at our table and my wife has only been dreaming about them ever since. 

Desserts

Lotus French Toast:
Crushed brioche stuffed with lotus cream and vanilla bean Anglaise. 

Do yourself a favor and go there for at least the desserts! They are completely shareable (even though you would not want to). This one was one giant slice of fluffy bread drowned in lotus cream and when it arrives on your table the cream Anglaise is poured on top to what I personally think is cut the sweetness partially and bring all the components together. This dessert is absolutely unmissable and should be enlisted as one of the best desserts in Dubai ASAP!
Popcorn Chocolate Ganache:
A gooey ganache baked with chocolate chip cookies, caramel popcorn, fresh raspberries, and vanilla ice cream. 

I have the same emotion for this beautiful looking dessert as well. A cup of ganache hiding under a cookie layer topped with ice cream is salivation central! Can you imagine, cutting through the cold ice cream into the cookie and then into that warm ganache? These layers will blow your mind and added to it the crunch from the caramel popcorn just confirms that Catch 22 is a dessert paradise! We were stuffed but we just could not put our forks down until we wiped clean the vessel it was served it. Lethally good. 

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
About AED100-150 Per PAX

Cuisine –
International

Phone –
04 4243057

Address –
​The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai

Verdict

Catch 22 is a magical place, where the food is just as amazing as the ambiance and the hospitality and service will ensure you do not want to leave. Every dish is a masterpiece and there is for sure something for everyone! We had a vegetarian friend with us who was a bit apprehensive at first but came out all smiles so happy with all the gluttony that just occurred. It is definitely one of those places where you can a cheat meal is worth and at the same time, you can maintain your diet by gorging on their wonderful sushi and seafood.  We recommend Catch 22 as one the most unmissable spots in Dubai and you would too, just head down there and try them out! 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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