When Caryn and I were invited to try Catch 15’s brunch I was pretty friggin’ excited. An Italian seafood brunch is pretty much the perfect combination of all of my favorite dining options. I checked out the menu and got super excited about way too many of the menu items, Tuna tartar, fresh salmon, crepes, PASTA! How’s a girl to choose?!
Fortunately, Catch 15’s brunch deal allows you to indulge in 3-courses, the final course being a dessert of tiramisu or cannolis. Of course there is a bottomless deal as well, for an additional $15 you can switch between mimosas, bellinis, or bloody marys.
When we arrived we were impressed with the comfy seating and romantic ambiance. The restaurant’s only day light streams from the front door and open air bar in the front. For brunch, its the type of place where you can lose all track of time as you sip on your bottomless cocktails. To best enjoy a sunny day opt for the outdoor seating.
We began by all trying a different cocktail offering, and we agreed that the drinks were delightfully strong. This may change as they start to fill up, but as this was only their second brunch service they were very generous with the pours. No complaints here! The Bloody Mary was a classic recipe that was neither too spicy nor too bland. The Bellini and mimosa were perfectly bubbly and had a better quality Prosecco than is usually given on bottomless mimosa deals allowing us to skip the dull headache after.
The first course of the pre-fixe deal allows you to choose between the antipasti, soups or salads. It’s noted differently on the menu, so that can be confusing. We chose the Torre di Peperone e Mozzarella, Catch 15’s take on a Caprese salad; Carpaccio di Salmone, a fresh salmon dish with capers and an arugula salad; and the Shrimp Scampi. We were concerned that the portions would have us feeling stuffed and struggling to get to dessert, however the portions were perfect for a first course (no sharing though!). Each dish had a unique execution, and we were surprised by the presentation of each dish. Jarrett ordered the Torre di Peperone e Mozzarella, and he can be quite picky (preferring his food to be simple) I was “concerned” that I would have to eat his dish for him, but he ate every. single. bite… to my waistline’s relief.
For our main courses Caryn and I had a brief discussion (debate, squabble, whatevs) over who would get the Crêpes Terra Mare, crepes with salmon, pancetta bacon, and cream cheese, and she won. I opted for the steak which was topped with crab meat and bernaise sauce on a bed of spinach and potatoes. We talked Jarrett away from The Classic, which was your standard eggs, bacon and english muffin and into the Eggs Benedict, which he has never had before (I’m clearly an awful girlfriend for not introducing eggs benny to him sooner).
Caryn noted that her crepes were perfectly done, being light and not too thick and pancake-y like amateur crêpes. Filled with smoked salmon, pancetta, sun-dried tomatoes, and cream cheese, the sweet/salty combination was excellent. It was a simple dish, but creative enough to be interesting. Caryn tends to go for the more “breakfast” dishes, so she appreciated that this one managed to evoke breakfast without eggs or pancakes. She didn’t try anyone else’s food, but insists this dish was the winner that everyone else should order.
My steak was delicious and the spinach wasn’t even a bit wilted sitting under it (I despise overcooked spinach). The crab meat was a little less than I was expecting but still a nice addition. While I tend to lean more towards the lunch options during brunch I think that an option to add an egg on top would be nice.
The eggs benedict were also well prepared, but it’s definitely the other safe option on the menu. Which is a great choice when you know you have picky eaters with you or those that don’t like seafood (Jarrett is both). It was a good introduction to what your standard eggs benny should taste like, and like his first course, he happily ate every bite.
After having such creative main options, we would have liked to see something more brunch-like in the dessert course. Some kind of donut is usually what I look for sweets-wise at brunch so a bombolone would also be on my wish list for a future addition. That being said, the tiramisu and cannolis were both on point. We loved them both equally!
Overall we loved Catch 15’s brunch. The best way to describe it is that we were so relaxed and comfortable the whole time. The proportions were all perfect so we made it through without a stomachache or food coma. Staff readily refilled our drinks and didn’t rush us, so we just sat back in our plush chairs (the chairs are sooo comfy!) and chilled and drank. The atmosphere is definitely more evening-date-night, and is a little less trendy than some other places, which might ultimately attract a more adult crowd. They also had a large table towards the back that is beautiful, so we also recommend this for group brunching. Being a new brunch on the block, they’re not super busy yet so check it out soon!