This restaurant is right in the heart of Calgary and attached to one of the best hotels in the city, the Hyatt Regency. When the space was created years ago, the designers faithfully recreated the look of many an oyster bar from the East or from San Francisco. In its early years under the guidance of then head chef Michael Noble, Catch provided an authentic and adventurous experience. When the very talented Mr. Noble left the restaurant stumbled and the business was sold to the Hyatt. My wife and I, having not been there in couple of years, decided to give it another try while having a romantic get-away at the hotel.
After having a cocktail in the Thompson Lounge across the lobby, we dropped in for a late dinner. We like to take our time at dinner and choose our entree while we enjoy an appetizer. We ordered a dozen raw West Coast oysters. These came on a large round tray covered in ice with two small cups, one holding mignonette sauce and another that we were told was a hot sauce. The oysters were fresh and of very good quality. Unfortunately their presentation was poor because they looked like they'd just been haphazardly tossed onto the bed of ice. The sauces were weak, especially the so-called hot sauce so we asked for Tabasco (something that should be standard fare with raw oysters).
The wife and I then ordered another appetizer, still on the oyster path. This time our order was for "buffalo oysters" something we'd never had. What arrived were six lightly breaded warm oysters drenched in Franks Red Hot Sauce. Okay, but not creative at all. This was more like something one would expect out of a cheap pub rather than a high end restaurant.
Finally, we had another cocktail and flagged our waitress to get our entree orders in. It was at that point that we were told that the kitchen was closed. Looking around we could see the place still had many diners and people enjoying drinks. We had not been told that the kitchen was closing or ever approached to see if we needed anything else. My wife and I finished up our drinks and left very disappointed and still hungry.
For a restaurant that is affiliated with a high-end hotel and has prices for its food and drinks to match, our experience left a great deal to be desired.
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