May 23, 2024 - Food and Drink

Scoop: Catalú to offer Spanish tapas brunch in South End

several brunch dishes and cocktails

Brunch at Catalú. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Catalú, the tapas restaurant in the former Eight+Sand spot, will start serving brunch on weekends starting Memorial Day weekend.

What to expect: Like its dinner menu, Catalú's brunch offering features shareable plates from the Catalonia region of Spain, which includes the bustling city Barcelona.

steak and eggs
Steak and huevos. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

In addition to new menu items — like tortilla Española and avocado toast — you'll find brunch iterations of dinner menu favorites.

  • The steak and huevos, for instance, is the brunch version of the steak on Cabrales blue cheese sauce on the dinner menu.
Tortilla Española. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

You'll also find a "brunch tour" section, which comes with pan con tomate (bread and tomatoes) and four additional tapas for $35.

churros dipped in chocolate
Churros madrileños served with chocolate sauce. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Expect cocktails, sangria flights, frozé, and non-alcoholic options like a cantaloupe aqua fresca and coffee.

wine flight with four drinks
The sangria flight comes with frozé, rosé, classic red (cinnamon-infused) and bubbly sangria. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What they're saying: "We really wanted to bring Catalan style to Charlotte," owner Manny Flores told Axios, adding that about 50% of the menu is from Catalonia and the other 50% is from other regions in Spain.

Context: Catalú, which opened last month, is the first Spanish restaurant for local restaurateur Manny Flores, who owns Charlotte Mexican eateries, Que Onda and Que Fresa under the Qué Hospitality restaurant group.

The Rosalia cocktail, named after the Spanish singer, comes with a rose-infused ice ball. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What's next: Eventually, Catalú will open for lunch, offering bocata (sandwiches) on house-made focaccia bread and coca (Spanish flatbread pizza).

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The bocata with fried calamari is available on their brunch menu. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Stop by: 135 New Bern St., right off the New Bern light rail stop.

  • Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-3pm.

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