Our second stop was the Catch 122 Cafe Bistro, which opened up earlier this year in Gastown and is just a stone’s throw away from Meat & Bread, our first stop of this culinary snack crawl. Catch 122 is well-known for their French-inspired comfort food and casual, rustic decor. They are actually open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. Catch 122 made it on to our list because my foodie friend Grayelf found out that they served a Gorgonzola Poutine. I was intrigued since I’m a huge fan of blue cheese. Since we were already in the area, we decided to stop in and give it a try.
We shared a small Gorgonzola Poutine ($4.85 for small; $7.85 for large). The Gorgonzola Poutine consisted of pommes frites topped with Gorgonzola bleu cheese and demi glace. The pomme frites were delicious as they were perfectly crispy on the outside and toothsome on the inside. However, as a poutine this dish was not very successful on this visit. While flavourful, there was way too much demi glace in the dish. What we received really amounted more than half a bowl of demi glace topped with some pomme frites and a few chunks of Gorgonzola thrown on top. The Gorgonzola chunks did not really melt like traditional cheese curds would. While the concept of Gorgonzola Poutine seems innovative and intriguing on paper, there were some issues with the execution. In this case, “less is more” as we really didn’t need the pomme frites drowning in the bowl of demi glace. Things may have worked out a bit better if the demi glace was thicker. Though I wasn’t a fan of this Gorgonzola Poutine, I‘d be willing to give Catch 122 a second try as they have quite a sophisticated menu with a lot of variety.
Catch 122 Cafe Bistro
122 West Hastings Street