I hope the Daily Catch in Brookline is not representative of the caliber of their restaurant in the North End. I've read enough praise on this board of their monkfish marsala, lobster fra diavlo, and squid ink pasta with agio olio, that I decided it was time to give it a try last night. Sadly, there's little reason to give it another try.
We started with the fried calamari and a side of marinara sauce. It's an okay dish, and okay sauce, but frankly, I've had better at such nondescript places as Not Your Average Joes and Legal Seafoods, and it is nowhere near the caliber of the outstanding version at Pomodoro. The squid tasted fresh, but the oil was clearly not hot enough, because the light coating wasn't very crispy, and the marinara, frankly, wasn't nearly as good as my own.
Second, my girlfriend ordered the monkfish marsala with a side of squid ink pasta with agio olio. Again, it was an okay dish, certainly not worth finishing, and also not nearly the caliber of the chicken marsala at Pomodoro or of my own pork medallions in mushroom marsala that I make straight from a recent Fine Cooking "Quick and Easy" recipe. The monkfish was a bit bland, and could have been cooked at a higher heat to really sear the flesh, and the marsala sauce was a bit one-dimensional. It seemed to be marsala and butter, thickened with some flour. The side of squid in pasta was also okay, though again, really nothing special.
Last, I had the linguini with white clam sauce, which was fine, though also not nearly as good as Pomodoro's or as my own. It had a fair amount of clam and garlic flavor, but overall was lacking in depth. Could have used some white wine and some parsley.
So, maybe this is all specific to the Brookline location, but I sure won't be hurrying back.
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