Catch – A fish and chip shop with a difference

Catch opened a few weeks ago in Headingley, and since then I’ve often walked past and wondered what the food is like. Last Saturday, I found out.

Growing up I would have fish (or more often a battered sausage) and chips a lot. It was a family treat that I will always have fond memories of. But, since moving away from home, I can’t remember the last time I had the British delicacy. So, when I was asked to visit Catch to try the food and give my verdict, I jumped at the chance.

My friend and I booked a table for early evening and after a chilly autumn afternoon walk, we were both looking forward to a tasty meal. The restaurant is smartly decorated, with dark green walls, leather booths, and dark wooden tables. We particularly appreciated the plants that are dotted across the restaurant.

After admiring the décor, we browsed the menu. I hadn’t realised that Catch did more than traditional fish and chips, and so I was surprised when I saw the range of dishes on offer. We took our time to decide what to order.

I opted for the salt and pepper squid with chilli, spring onion and a soy dipping sauce, and my friend chose the moules mariniere with sourdough. We shared a bowl of proper chips with gravy, and although they didn’t really go with our main dishes, I felt it would be rude not to have at least tried some chips when in a ‘chippy’!

I enjoyed the squid. The dish, which was supposed to be a starter, was well cooked and flavoursome. The Asian inspired flavours were fab.

The moules were also well cooked, although a little small. We agreed that the cream sauce was delicious, with a great French onion flavour.

Whilst the chips lacked a bit of crunch, they were perfect for dipping into the creamy moules sauce and even better when dipped into the rich gravy.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable meal at Catch. The service was quick and friendly and the food was tasty and satisfying. I would be more than happy to go back to Catch again soon, but next time, I will try out a plate of fish and chips of the traditional kind.

Photographs by Gemma Bridge.

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