My wife and I celebrated a special occasion at Catch Restaurant in Winchester. We live in Wellesley and I was pleased to discover that the drive to Winchester took only 35 minutes. It would take us that long to drive and find parking in downtown Boston or Cambridge.
Parking was available on the street outside the restaurant. The interior was very pleasant with three people dining at the bar and numerous 2 tops.
We lucked out with a British server who was very attentive.
My wife had the Natucket Scallops which were divine at $12. I had calamari with mache, roasted potatoes and aged balsamic vinegar which cost $9. We shared a Dover sole for two which cost $60. The sole was sauteed whole and presented to us before plating. I hadn't eaten Dover sole outside of Europe. It was delicious and wonderfully plated. We had to fillets stacked on top of gnocchi, peas, lobster and black trumpet mushrooms.
We ordered one of the featured wines of the month - from the Qupe vineyard in the Central Valley.
For dessert my wife had a dense wonderful Scharffenberger Chocolate Torte with Dried Sour Cherries and Port Reduction. I had the Laura Chenel Goat Cheese Cake Red Wine with Black Mission Fig Puree.
The figs lend a sweetness to the goat cheese and made a wonderful lighter dessert. Desserts were $7.
The chef sent us complimentary glasses of ice wine which was incredible.
We spoke with Chef Chris Parsons for about 15 minutes and closed the restaurant on a Thursday night. We felt bad because he has a 3 month old daughter but he was so amiable.
The waiter told us that Catch has a loyal following in Winchester and he knew many of the customers by name. I believe we received extra attention at the end when he learned that we had driven from Metro West. It was well worth the trip. I'm a horribly cynical person but I walked away charmed. I felt that Parsons' pairs high quality ingredients to make some of the highest quality seafood I've eaten in a long while.
I hope some other Boston Chowhounds make the trek and share their opinions.
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