I had the opportunity last night (4/22/08) to entertain several business clients from Germany so I decided to take them Catch in Winchester. It turned out be another great evening. For anyone who hasn't been to Catch it is a small place in the center of Winchester that features fresh and creative seafood dishes. They offer a Prix Fixe menu for $45.00 that includes three courses along with an excellent bread baskets a small dish of assorted olives. The current menu includes about 8 choices of appetizers and and equal number of mains.
I chose the lobster Agnolotti in a very flavorful mushroom broth as my starter. The Agnolotti were house made, perfectly cooked and the broth was full of small shemeji type mushrooms. Others in my party chose the fresh Maine crab salad and the grilled Rhode Island Calamari as starters. Everyone was pleased with their choices.
For my main course I chose the Grilled Striped Bass which was served with littleneck clams and seedless grapes in a light sauce. The Bass was impeccably fresh and the sauce was very flavorful. Two others had the rice coated Bronzini while to other two in our group chose the restaurant's signature dish of grilled scallops served with short rib ravioli. Each of the main dishes was a hit.
We ordered a selection of desserts and finished the dinner with a small bottle of Eis-wine which capped off the meal very well. My clients appreciated the fact that the portion sizes at Catch are on the small side compared with most American restaurants so they were able to enjoy a full three course meal without feeling totally over stuffed.
I have been to Catch many, many times and have never been disappointed with either the food , the excellent and knowledgeable service and a wine list that includes many varieties and price points.