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If you don't know Little Catch, the little shop on Wulumuqi Lu serves one of the finest lunches in town: their poke bowls. The place is run by the Huang sisters, who came to Shanghai from Hong Kong and are three generations deep in the seafood game. (Jiayi is more into shellfish, octopus, and odd textures, whereas Wen prefers "everyday fish".)
Though their seafood is "99% imported", they've been wandering Shanghai's wet markets to find inspiration for the one-off brunch. Four days of testing resulted in dishes like a fish roe liang pi and nian gao with cuttlefish and ink. There's also a mentaiko French toast and a sambal tuna poke. Each dish uses something from the sea as a main ingredient or for flavoring, because "that's what we do", says Jiayi, who sounds really excited about all of this. The brunch spans six courses and a drink, for 250rmb a person from 11.30am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
More good news: The new Little Catch 2 by the Nanjing Xi Lu metro station at 99 Taixing Lu is actually ahead of schedule. They'll open on September 9, with more seats (56, as opposed to…6?), more neon, customizable poke bowls, and more sandwiches, plus some deli fare. "Kind of a Russ & Daughters thing." Stay tuned for more info on that.