The interior has been spruced up - the entrance is more open and the bold coloured paintings & wood finishes give a warm feeling throughout.
Tiered seating breaks up the space, with the top portion eking out a view to the Inner Harbour. Our group was seated near the entrance, at a large reclaimed wood table that comfortably fit the 10 of us.
Brunch is newer to the restaurant's repertoire - but it fit the bill for a recent gathering of friends (rumours of good food, reservable tables and virgin visits for most of us).
|Brunch menu and a cup of lovely loose-leaf tea.|
The menu is wide without being tedious; from four types of 'continental' breakfasts (including juice & coffee/tea) to open faced omelettes, eggs benny, soft polenta & chorizo, granola, corn pancakes and more. Also - if you're having a later brunch, there are lunch options are available starting at 11am. Drink selection is also plentiful - both alcoholic and non-, coffee and a great selection of loose-leaf tea (a Ferris trademark).
First up - a pair of bennies. The Weekend Crossword - creamed leeks, crispy prosciutto topped with perfectly soft-poached eggs and lightly truffled-hollandaise. It was served with a wedge of a potato rosti and a little mason jar of cubed fruit. This dish was excellent - the egg yolks were practically orange and the prosiutto-leek-hollandaise was a great salty-creamy-tart combination. The second benny was a little more traditional - built on house-made pea meal bacon - lovely thick cuts that essentially translated to slices of pork loin (no skimping here!).
|House made chorizo sandwich & salad.|
Overall, great food and service. I don't like writing about things that cheese me off, but I do like to 'toot' about things that are done right: nice, polite, knowledgable, seasoned servers make for a smooth dining experience. Catalano does just that. From important things, like detailed explanations of ingredients for allergy-concerns, to small touches, like hot-water refills offered to tea drinkers….and seeing the owners around the place (on a Sunday no less!) - you know it means they're dedicated to their restaurant.
We're already planning a return visit - both for dinner (reservations made already!) and another brunch (the Mr. Douglas' poached eggs and local octopus is calling my name).
Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar
619 Courtney Street
Mon-Fri from 11:30am-11pm (midnight on Fridays)
Sat/Sun Brunch 8am-2pm
Sat (regular menu) 3:30-midnight
Sun (regular menu) 3:30-11pm
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