By Hiranmayii Awli Mohanan
The aesthetics of Cata’s storefront is an indication of what lies inside. Crossing its threshold, a collection of antiques, mosaic tiles, unique yesteryear lamps, reconditioned wood and steel make up the interior of Cata. Here, one discovers a good range of hot and cold artisanal tapas, alongside heartier dishes, all bursting with Mediterranean élan. Cata is a neighbourhood restaurant that caters to most dietary practices and encourages communal eating involving family and friends.
While this Mediterranean restaurant doles out delicious mains such as the Duck Confit served with cannellini bean stew, and roasted radicchio, it now also offers baked delights — pastries and bagels. From their exceptional offerings, the set of five bagels that come in a multigrain or plain option is a great choice for the week. The Multigrain Bagel with Gravlax (cured salmon) is hands down our favourite — scrumptious and satiating. Alternatively, the bagel with breaded chicken schnitzel is a good pick for its play of textures, handful of greens and delicious flavours. Those who seek a relatively light lunch can opt for tried-and- true classics, Egg Salad on Croissant and the Tuna Salad on Baguette. For the sweet tooths, Cata Restaurant’s pan au chocolate hits all the right spots.