122 W. Hastings St.
Price range. $$
Business lunch. Yes
Social lunch. Yes
Quick solo lunch. Yes
It’s been about 40 days and 40 nights, and Hastings Street’s new French eatery — Catch 122 — is in full swing.
Its sprawling space could very well be a dance hall. With a wooden bar and trendy warehouse-style lighting, the bustling eatery’s daytime vibe easily becomes lounge-like at night.
At the kitchen helm is Walter Messiah — a globe-trotting chef known and respected for his old-school French techniques. A peek at his resume reveals restaurant stints in Monte Carlo, Paris, and Johannesburg (to name just a few).
When lunch arrived, I could see why the newly opened spot was already so busy.
The carefully plated Catch 122 Salad exuded quality and careful execution. With caramelized clusters of room-temperature onion surrounding the nice pile of crouton-strewn arugula, it was entirely pleasing to the eye.
Sticks of nutty gruyere, vinaigrette-doused grape tomatoes and a small portion of fresh, high-quality smoked salmon were equally enjoyable. All I could have asked for was a bit more protein.