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Catch 22 Restaurant

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
I enjoy freelance creative writing and being a Mum to my two awesome boys.
Published November 28th 2012
Want to Take a Dive on a Catch 22?
It was a week before my partner's birthday and I wanted to take him to dinner in Mandurah, with his money.

Looking through the 'restaurant locality guide' in the Yellow Pages I was left with a catch-22. Eat where we know the food will definitely be outstanding, or take the dive and try something different?

Catch 22 Restaurant

The latter prevailed; I love attempting new ideas in food. I had heard about the restaurant Catch 22 and read titbits about their quality cuisine, renowned throughout the Peel Region as one of the best.

Now surely I wasn't left with 'a no-win situation,' unless of course the food was less than average and we still had to pay a staggering price. I phoned the restaurant and made a booking for 4. Kids allowed, yes.

Checking out the Catch 22 website beforehand, I was pleasantly surprised to find that kids could eat for free with an adult who ordered from the Mains menu.

The selection for children is extremely limited in this area, unless of course you pay for another meal. If they're not hungry after that, you can't scoff at free.

Upon arriving, entering the beautifully appointed Dolphin Quay, we parked and walked a short distance to the waterfront restaurant, overlooking the serenity of the marina at this early time of night.

We were seated at an inside table, combined bench lounge and chairs, blissfully treated to a view on both sides looking out onto a terraced wooden deck that frames the building.

Here came the hard part; deciding what to order. Any good chef will tell you that a concise menu usually means enhanced quality. Not always, but most of the time. The menu size and choices were quite pleasing.

We ordered a three-course Chef's Special for $60. This consisted of:

Entrée - Salmon and scallop ceviche with red onion, fennel, rocket, watercress and a zesty, balsamic dressing.

Main - Scotch fillet, onion rings, red wine jus, chips & salad. Delicious.

Dessert - Chocolate & mint mousse, strawberries, fresh mint, brandy and other ingredients I can't remember.

A photo wasn't taken; the dessert was intricately layered, colourfully presented in a cocktail glass and devoured before we had the chance. Yummy.

The above entrée and desserts we shared.

The second Main meal was $38 - Whole baby snapper with prawns, Thai style sauce and a side of jasmine rice.

Underneath the greens there was another dark Asian sauce, which contained more heat and worked extremely well with the dish. Topped off with roasted garlic and bean shoots, all flavours and 'nearly all' textures were amazing.

As you'd expect ordering an entire fish, you have to navigate the bones. This was done easily enough.

The only disappointing factor was the incomplete scaling before it was cooked and served at the table. After avoiding the bones, I had to remove many tiny scales from my mouth as I chewed.

This was a little annoying and the only point that detracted from the dish. It was otherwise perfect. I quickly learnt to scrape the fish first as I went.

To be honest, the dish would lend itself better to a fillet of snapper, so it could be more thoroughly enjoyed without huge effort to eat.

Kid's Meal - Chicken nuggets (4) and chips with tomato sauce. Free.

Kid's Dessert - A scoop of ice-cream with caramel sauce $3.50 each.

Drinks - Red wine - Cabernet Sauvignon @ $36 a bottle; nice drop. Soft drinks were priced o.k.

Overall we all enjoyed the night out here.

The food was nice; service was friendly, the atmosphere and view lovely, although the wait times were a little longer than expected.

Everyone should expect to be patient for a reasonable amount of time with fine dining. This took slightly longer than that.

If you'd like to delve into a Catch 22 situation, they can be found at:
Unit 1 / 4 Zephyr Mews in Mandurah off Dolphin Drive. To phone and make a booking or enquiry, call (08) 9582 7611.

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Why? Something new & exciting, variety for your palate
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Phone: (08) 9582 7611
Where: Unit 1 / 4 Zephyr Mews, Mandurah WA
Cost: Various (refer menu)
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