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Dinner at Catch

Judith Hurley | Jun 15, 200312:11 PM

Catch was reviewed on this board shortly after it first opened. It sounded appealing to me, and last night we gave it a try.

The food was good. Not memorable, but fine. I started with a salad. I don't usually . . . salads seem like place holders, and they're rarely more interesting than the ones I can make at home. But this one had grilled figs, and I'm a nut for cooked dried fruit, so I was lured into trying it. The figs were hot and delicious, and although I would have prefered big shavings of parmesan rather than crumbled up pieces, the combination, along with prosciutto, was nice. One of my friends had the polenta fries -- deep fried polenta sticks served with a tomato-based dipping sauce. If you're into polenta (I am), this is a treat.

My husband and I had grilled salmon with cannelini beans. We both appreciated having it offered medium rare, and it was well prepared. One of my friends had roast chicken and the other had ravioli with gorgonzola asparagus cream sauce. Everyone was happy with their choices.

Desserts weren't truly spectacular, but someone at Catch can really bake. The cookies that garnished the chocolate pudding were fabulous, and in the brownie ice cream combo the brownie had a great crunchy-chewy edge.

The service was competent and inobtrusive and the wine list was good both in terms of variety and possibilities.

Having said all that, the atmosphere is what gets the high marks here. We sat on the outside terrace at a table along (but slightly above) the street. Heat lamps made it perfectly comfortable, even in this freezing cold June we've been having. A piano player provided background music on a good Yamaha, audible but not overwhelming. In general, Catch is lively and noisy but not deafening. The decor is contemporary but not overstated. The open terrace is a lovely place to eat, and inside the back bar is great-looking. I'm not surprised the place was full as early as six in the evening.

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