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Time to Throw Back The Daily Catch, Fan Pier location


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Time to Throw Back The Daily Catch, Fan Pier location

rlh | Jul 29, 2005 02:37 PM

Just returned from special occasion lunch with 7 others at The Daily Catch, Fan Pier -- I don't expect any of the party of 8 of us will ever frequent any of their locations again under the current owners:

1. Inquiries to the kitchen arose from the 5 who ordered Shrimp Puttanesca with Black Ink Pasta -- it contained no capers, no olives, anchovy presence was limited at best, and it was a relatively bland tomato sauce. The questions were about why it was so different from prior experiences within the past year at the same location at lunch, and no one preferred the changed version. They were met with HOSTILITY by the OWNER/CHEF (both a man and a woman) who happened to be at that site today, followed by an argument about why their recipe today was what it was. The response was delivered with a quite nasty tone overall, leaving us with a feeling of being told "how dare you ask questions about our food?". Life is far too short for this kind of treatment IMHO. It really put a damper on the celebration that should have been underway outside on a pier on a beautiful day with a great view of the harbor.

2. One of the entrees had a hair (clearly not the same color as the diner's) in it. When it was pointed out, no remedy was offered by the owner (who was in the midst of the recipe tirade at the time) -- note that ultimately that entree was removed from the bill (no alternative or replacement was suggested).

3. The service (while quite friendly) was extremely slow -- everyone ordered off the lunch menu and it took almost an hour for the food to arrive (we were seated immediately upon arrival and the place was never full). Empty drinks remained empty for a long time.

I should note also that the free cannolis offered seemingly as a afterthought (and via message with the server, not in person by the owner or even manager) were declined by everyone -- we wanted to leave as soon as possible (and an already-extended lunch hour was really being strained by the slow service).

Given all the positive posts here and good prior Daily Catch experiences (especially in the North End one), this was a shock and a sad experience.

We're all glad to be in Boston where there are still plenty of other Italian seafood options remaining who value their repeat customers and will welcome our future patronage.

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