@ The Catch Carnegie
Food: Cowboy Burger, Mixed Tacos (that’s not a dish, we tried all of them), Fish Cake, Salt and Pepper Calamari with chips and Salad
So I was a little bit sceptical when everyone kept saying the they had “the best seafood” from At The Catch. I’ve eaten some amazing fish and seafood all over Europe, and it was actually a seafood platter that made me first realise how amazing food could be – but that’s another story. So anyway, I was kind of like, how good can this place really be – well let me tell you…
Firstly, it’s not just like your usual fish and chip shop with a few plastic tables. There’s a couple of booths at the front, but through the back there’s a cosy, indoor courtyard. Being away from the noise of the open kitchen and the take away customers makes you feel like you’re in a casual little restaurant and it’s a popular stop for local families and couples.
Secondly, they don’t just do fish and chips – nor do they prioritise their burgers – everything is made in house and everything is great. There’s such a varied menu, from traditional fish and chips, quirky tacos, fresh calamari, to hat-named burgers. They actually have a wider variety of burgers on their menu than most burger bars, which they can also customise if they need to!
Thirdly, the service is excellent – owner Nick is so friendly and takes the time to make sure you have exactly what you need. We listened to him explain to tables in detail the size of dishes, what they did and didn’t come with and then offer them a number of options so they can get the exact meal they want.
Fourthly, the food is seriously fab! We sampled the Cowboy Burger, mixed tacos (this isn’t actually a dish we just tried all of them), the salt and pepper calamari and then we squeezed in a fish cake. While my clear winner was the fish taco, I’d happily go back and to enjoy any of the dishes.
The calamari was some of the freshest we’ve had, it was so soft and I’d highly recommend the salt and pepper version for that hit of extra flavour. The burger was also delicious. All the burgers look great value, and while they are filling, with creative flavours, they’re not overwhelming. We loved the juicy flavour of the patty, as well as the bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce combo. Such a classic, great burger!
We tried the fish, calamari and chicken tacos. What’s fab is that each one is totally different, it’s not the same taco with a different protein thrown on top. The chicken one was tasty, and while sliced chicken itself isn’t that spicy, it’s got a decent serve of chillies on top to add that kick. The calamari one is a milder option and contains more of that perfectly cooked calamari – I think we’d gorged so much on the salted and pepper version that we’d calamaried out by the time we got to this that we didn’t appreciate as much as the fish or chicken.
The fish tacos were superb! Soft, fresh fish, in a perfect light crispy batter. If you order the whole portion of these you’ll actually get a whole fish, freshly sliced and battered – it’s a generous, filling dish. I wasn’t sure about the mild fish and spicy salsa but the combination worked so perfectly and this will be top of the list next time I’m there. We also squeezed in a fish cake. With mixed fish from all the varieties they offer combined with just a couple of other ingredients, you won’t believe the flavour packed in there.
Remember as I’m listing all these meals that burger patties, dips, sauces, calamari rings, batter you name it, they’re making it – most of it fresh, every day! It’s quite an enterprise and you can almost feel the hard work that goes into the place while you’re in there – this should definitely be on everyone’s must visit list for fish and chips!
Address: 158 Koornang Road, Carnegie
Mon 11:00am to 9:00pm
Tue 11:00am to 9:00pm
Wed 11:00am to 9:00pm
Thu 11:00am to 9:00pm
Fri 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sat 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am to 9:00pm
Parking: We easily found a street park nearby, and while there’s some time restrictions in the day time, there’s plenty of 2P spaces which will give you more than enough time to enjoy your fish and chips.
Getting here on PT: It’s less than 5 minutes walk from Carnegie Train Station, or on the 623, 624, 626 bus routes.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of At The Catch, Carnegie. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.