Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery in Rockwell is a fairly new restaurant which counts Erwan and Solenn Heussaff as partners. They serve all day breakfast items, brunch dishes as well as craft cocktails. Irene and I visited last January for a quick lunch then we went again with the KTG a few weeks ago for brunch meet up.
Hatch 22 has two entrances, one is from the driveway and accessible to those looking to have breakfast since the mall is not yet open. You’ll see the bakery and the array of available breads for the day before you are led to your tables.
The other entrance is linked to Rockwell Powerplant Mall’s 1st floor and provides easy access to the elevators.
Irene chose the Hatchwich (P425), multi grain loaf, pastrami, salami, pancetta, forest ham and cheddar served with house fries. Irene was actually taken aback at how humongous the sandwich was when it was placed on our table. She immediately said “how will I finish that?”. She finished one half, the other half turned into my dinner that night. No shortage of meat in this here sandwich, I daresay its almost overflowing.
I was enamored with a number of things on the menu but finally settled on the Lobster Old Bayuonaisse (P530). Slipper lobster, potato salad and creole mayonnaise on top of nice crusty toast. Sweet lobster meat enveloped in a creamy mayo with a kick of spice. I was unconsciously licking the mayo off my fingers before Irene called my attention. Imagine my dismay when they had taken it out of the menu during my 2nd visit, it seems they were having problems with supply.
For our 2nd visit, we started some of their breads thrown together in a wooden container, which included Pandesal Epi, Spanish bread, Pan de Month, Cheddar Milk Biscuits, and Spicy Pimiento Bearclaw. This was served with jam and whipped queso de bola butter. The pan de month, bearclaw and Spanish bread were all good especially with the soft, spreadable butter.
Hatch 22 has their own version of the classic eggs benedict called NYOB (P445). The not your ordinary benedicts has a sous vide egg, Italian ham, wild mushrooms, sauteed spinach and torched lemon hollandaise sauce.
The Slum Dog Millionaire (P620) was a visual conundrum. We were scratching our head deciphering what was on it but a quick glance at the menu solved that dilemma. It is basically a prawn fritata with red coconut curry, kaffir lime, peppers and a dollop of chutney on the side. Grilled Naan bread on the side and spectacular looking poppadum crisps laid on top like a crown. Take out the poppadum and it looks like a sickly yellow something but once you spoon a bit in your mouth, I guarantee you’ll be changing your mind in the blink of an eye. Who could have expected the explosion of flavor from the sweet shrimps to the smoky and spicy curry mixing with always awesome eggs. The other dishes just could not compare with this one.
Another dish I enjoyed was the Croque Maserati (P580). It is made up of a brioche bun topped with seared salmon cubes then covered with a shrimp bisque and hollandaise sauce. The salmon cubes are good but be its the bisque soaked brioche that steals the show. If you are sharing this one, be magnanimous and offer the salmon while secretly hoping they never touch the brioche so you can have it ALL!
The Hatch 22, a collab between Bono Gelato and Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery can also be ordered at the store. The Thai milk tea gelato is a nice way to end your meal.
Remember the cocktails I mentioned earlier, here’s one of them, the Hatch and Balls (P250). It has calamansicello, rosemary syrup and Noliprat and is served inside a literal ice ball. The ice ball is both for visual effect as well as to make the drink colder.
Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery exudes a relaxing hipster vibe that is not intimidating despite its serious facade. The food is a hodgepodge of classics given a twist here and there, though leaning to more European flavors. Prices are on the high side but the servings are big and generous so you can definitely share.
So if you are looking for a nice place to have breakfast or brunch, check out Hatch 22 and you might even get a chance to see Erwan or Solenn.