By now, poke is a given in Shanghai. Fatty, luscious chunks of seafood on rice aren’t anything revolutionary anymore. But it was the fishmongers over at Little Catch that made this so, introducing an all-star line-up of Hawaiian-style poke bowls last year that the city went crazy over.
Hot off the successes of their petite shop on Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, outfitted best for seafood retail and takeaway, Little Catch has launched a café space on the second floor of the Naked Hub building off Nanjing Xi Lu.
There are the signature poke bowls you’ll recognise from the OG Little Catch on Wulumuqi – the Dynamite Tuna (60RMB) and Sambal Salmon (60RMB) that rocketed the fishmongers to fame. Every bowl comes with furikake (a traditional Japanese seasoning made with dried fish and seaweed), buttery cashews, traffic cone-orange tobiko (flying fish) roe and green onion.
You can get stuck into the Umeboshi Octopus (70RMB) that’s been flavoured with umami-packed sour plum sauce or the Ponzu Scallop (85RMB), melt-in-your-mouth fabulousness with a bright, citrusy kick from ponzu-soy dressing. And there’s a new star on the block at this Little Catch, if veggie’s your thing. The Hawaiian Tofu Poke (55RMB) arrives with deep-fried tofu chunks tossed in a soy and ginger sauce, alongside sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms and the usual poke bowl accompaniments. There’s a squirt of mayo too, so ditch that on request if you’re looking to go vegan.
But what the new Little Catch is all about is pimping your ride. There’s no Xzibit, but have a little faith and no doubt, in a hot second, you’ll be styling out your poke bowl like a pro. You can customise your bowls – add avocado for 10RMB, salmon roe for 25RMB, extra cashews for 5RMB – or bulk them up with more rice for 5RMB or another portion of poke for 10RMB (tofu); 20RMB (fish, octopus or shrimp); or 30RMB (scallop).
Alternatively for 60RMB, DIY your bowl and build from the ground up by choosing your base (rice, grains, salad or some blend of the three), your poke topping (ie protein), sauce and four add-ons.
The Little Catch team has also bulked up their deli offerings with lots of options on toast. Dig into delightfully salty, house-smoked sardines with seaweed butter, cucumber and tomato or the Nordic gem of shrimp skagen, an open-faced sandwich with tiny shrimp tossed with mayo and tobiko. It’s also not a bad shout for a sneaky after-work wine and half-dozen oysters (168RMB) or keep things straight-up raw and classic with the LC Seafood Platter (188RMB) which offers a bounty of salmon, scallop, shrimp, octopus and salmon roe, plus some bread and seaweed butter
Little Catch 2.0, you’re okay by us.