Review: Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

Review: Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

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You Can't Eat That does not receive any endorsements from manufacturers or retailers of products. I choose to dine at these restaurants and describe my personal experiences and opinions of them. Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

122 West Hastings St.Vancouver

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Yesterday, my class had a field trip to W2 Media (yes university and college classes still have field trips and yes they're way better than the ones from elementary school). While in Vancouver, my friend and I decided to go somewhere new for lunch, since it is far too easy to get sucked into going to the same restaurant over and over again. Right across the street from the media centre was this cute little place called Catch 122, with a clever name, wooden tables, metal chairs and exposed brick on the wall. It felt like a grown up and homey version of a diner.

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I try to stay away from drinking too much coffee, but I love to treat myself at places like this as it always tastes so much better than at a mass-produced coffee chain. I had a plain ol' latte and it was fantastic, with lots of foam and a really smooth, but not too bitter, coffee taste. For $3.75, it was the same price, and more delicious, than a Starbucks or Blenz drink.

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Amy decided on the turkey sandwich (which is not listed on the online menu) and a garden salad on the side. All lunch items came with the optional sides of french fries, salad or soup. She said the sandwich was great but the real kicker was the garden salad, dressed simply with a thin olive oil type of sauce. All the ingredients looked and tasted fresh and played really well off of each other.

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I decided on the Avocado Veggie grilled sandwich, which was filled with tomato, arugula, red onion, a little bit of cheese, a roasted pepper cream cheese that was absolutely amazing (I definitely would like the recipe) and lots and lots of avocado. I really hate when restaurants skimp on the avocado because I feel the texture and taste of it really enhances all the other ingredients and flavours in the dish. It was a really well-composed sandwich.

I went with the soup de jour as my side, which was an apple and turnip (or maybe it was parsnip, I was so excited about having soup I don't remember), which was pureed until it had a bit of a pulpy consistency, which I love. The soup was nice and light, with the sweetness of the apple and the deeper flavour of the root vegetable playing well off of each other.

Catch 122 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has different menus for each. I definitely recommend them for an affordable meal, a pleasant atmosphere and some great people watching from their large front window.

 

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