Hatch 22 Café & Bakery
The name is familiar. If you were a conscientious student, then you probably read Joseph Heller’s novel “Catch-22”. Cooler kids probably saw Mike Nichol’s movie adaptation. What does this all have to do with breakfast and cocktails? Absolutely nothing. As the Hatch 22 poster says, the “where’s” and “when’s” of beginnings don’t matter, as much as the “how”. Heck, don’t even ask why. Just dig in.
Located at the ground floor of Rockwell’s Power Plant mall, Hatch 22 is the cool place to have breakfast at 9 p.m. or cocktails at 7 a.m. The owners include the multi-hyphenated Heusaff siblings Erwan and Solenn, and Chef Pete Ayson. Together, they created a bakery and café that offers comforting breakfast food all day, everyday. Doors opens at 7am daily, so those who love the smell of freshly baked bread can drop in to buy their favorite panaderia items, such as the cheekily named Pan de Month (as in that time of the month) and Dulce de Leche Spanish Bread or opt for the more continental Butter Brioche (P75) and Sourdough (P55). If you’d rather sit down and have breakfast, you can also order one of the 2 kinds of Bread Baskets (P250 or P270), which are served with various jams and butters.
McHatch, served with potato hash and hot chocolate
Fillet of Fish
The Walowitz (tasting portion)
Tuscan Sandwich (tasting portion)During our meal, Marketing Manager Monique Monasterio recommended the Croque Maserati (P580), which we assumed was named for its ability to go from your mouth to your problem area in 3.8 seconds. Hedonists will love the seared salmon chunks on butter brioche, paired with the trendy sous-vide egg, caviar, and ridiculously rich mornay sauce. Afterwards, you can keep your blood sugar shooting up by ordering the Monkey Business (P430) pancakes for dessert. You get a stack of buttermilk pancakes with caramelized bananas, chunky peanut butter, and candied walnuts swimming in a thick glaze of cinnamon and caramel sauce.
Tomato and Chickpea Soup (tasting portion)Of course, everyone knows that a true breakfast for champions includes some alcohol. While we don’t really recommend drinking before noon, if you’re thirsty for a cocktail to go with your meal, you’ll find many tasty and intriguing mixes in the menu. Easy favorites include the sweet Port Wine Sangaree (P270), which mixes port wine with lemon, cherry, and cassis juices, along with a bit of nutmeg. While autumn doesn’t exist in the Philippines, the Drunken Cider (P350)-- composed of cognac, apples, citrus juices, and honey-- transports you to a place where you can wear a non-ironic beanie. The Inner Child (P290) will tease your sweet tooth with horchata (a Mexican drink made up of almonds, sesame seeds, etc.), almond milk, egg whites, rum and spiced syrup. For those who like eye-catching cocktails, then the Hatch & Balls (P250) will certainly get you noticed. The calamansicello, noliprat (French vermouth), and rosemary syrup concoction is housed inside a hollow ball of ice. Lastly, champoy-lovers will go gaga for Black Flights (P290), which uses rum infused with the dried plum candy and mixes it with spiced syrup, calamansi, angostura bitters, and homemade falernum (a syrup used in many Caribbean drinks).
Hatch & Balls
Port Wine Sangaree and Black FlightsA catch-22 is defined by Wikipedia as a “paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.” Thankfully, the only situation you’ll catch yourself in Hatch 22 is deciding which dish to get this time.
Additional images courtesy of Hatch 22.