Catch! [Shanghai] – closed

What is Catch?
Catch! is a small roadside stand of an eatery, with a couple of outdoor sidewalk tables, that does fish – deep fried fish. Arguably the most famous British culinary contribution, fish and chips (what the Americans call fries), is a simple meal consisting of 3 or 4 large pieces of batter fried fish fillets on a bed of golden fries. Accompanied with vinegar for the fish and ketchup for the fries. The restaurant is located on Yongkang lu, which also has a bunch of other cool joints.
 
What did I eat?
The menu, interestingly, had choices of different fish for meal, which included seasonal ones like monk fish and hoki. Unfortunately, they were out of both. They did have a special for sole. Usually, I hate to order a fish that’s on special, due to Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential – never order any fish special mantra. When a fish is on special – it usually means that the fish is about to go bad and needs to be sold out. Anyways. . .the sole came out and tasted ok. The fries were quite good. The vinegar didn’t really add much to the over all taste though.
 
Constructive Criticism
I understand the trend with restaurants catering towards the Shanghai and local markets, so localization is important. But why don’t they at least try to present it in the way it ought to be. My younger days in the US at the chain HS Salt – with a basket of fries and large pieces of fish. But at Catch! – the fish portions were small and they included sliced veggies? veggies – WTF. Anyways. . . .at least the fish as ok. Wish I could have tried the other ones.
 
The Last Word
This is Jerrica Lee’s, from Craft, place, which I do commend in trying to use the different type of fish for taste and texture. I only wish I had a chance to try the other fish. Look for my next post about Sailor’s – the other fish & chip restaurant – just meters away.
 
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Location Rating
Catch!
永康路63号, 近襄阳路
63 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu
+86 139 1798 5763
1 Pigs
Price Range 1 $/¥/NT

The Sailors Fish And Chips [Shanghai]

What is The Sailors?
Sailors is a little restaurant that features fish and chips, which is, strangely enough, one of two on Yong Kang Lu. At Sailors the charming restaurant has a sort of fast food feel with the crates for seats and bench tables. There’s also a couple of high tables for outdoor sidewalk seating – which I prefer. The lane itself has a great neighborhood feel, unlike any other street in the city.
What did I eat?
The Big Set, for 88 RMB, includes a piece of flounder, pollack, and sea bass, with calimari rings, shrimp, scallops, and chips is a pretty decent meal deal for 2 people. You get to sample all the different fish they have. Sailors also has a large drink menu – for people to kick back and relax with a beer or two.
Constructive Criticism
As with all fish and chips, the batter and vinegar masks the individual unique flavors of fish. The unique nuances that each fish might have doesn’t really come out all that much. Texture is often quite similar as well. One thing I would suggest is to have a description of each fish’s flavor and texture for customers to choose from.
The Last Word
Sailors, in my humble opinion, is a better (if only slightly) than Catch!. The primary reason would be the indoor dining environment to enjoy the meal. I also like the presentation that Sailor has with the “wood plate”.
Location Rating
The Sailors Fish and Chips
永康路35号, 近嘉善路
35 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu
+86 150 0009 9490
2 Pigs
Price Range 1 $/¥/NT