Seasonal Eats & Treats at Catalyst

by agirlandhermutt on October 26, 2012

What seems like ages ago, but actually was only 2 weekends previous, I hopped over to Kendall Sq in Cambridge to meet up with the Boston Brunchers for some eats at Catalyst.

Catalyst’s chef and owner, William Kovel, has a menu that changes frequently based on the season. With a focus on utilizing farms and producers in the area, the menu has a focus on local organic produce and farm raised food. So basically…the food you see here may not be there tomorrow. Surprise!

While I perused the menu, I sipped on my first mimosa. Don’t those suckers tend to just go down so quickly?! I swear I don’t gulp but one minute I have a full glass and then next…not so much.

  

Catalyt has a seasonal mimosa and that rainy morning it was an Apple Cider Mimosa. I loved the slight tart from the cider and it was the perfect way to start brunch. I also got a kick out of the possibility of a Brass Monkey. I would have felt so cool ordering that. I just know it!

Finally it was time to get down to business. Making decisions in the morning isn’t my strong point so fortunately some other Brunchers took the lead and ordered a few starters for the table.

We started with GIANT Chocolate Chip Scones with Dulce de Leche sauce. Each scone was bigger than my hand. I loved the sweetness of the sauce and a little bit went a long way!

Spicy Maple Syrup Wings were a unique addition to the brunch menu and were quite tasty. These wings had just a slight touch of heat with the sweet glaze.  I tried to keep this dish a little closer to my end of the table. ;)

The Skillet Coffee Cake was a big hit at the table, but really wasn’t one of my favorites. I’m not a fan of coffee cake and the oats threw me off on the texture. I let others have my share and they seemed pleased. I stole their wings to say thank you.

Just a few bites…

I love the presentation on white square plates. Everything seemed so fresh and clean. No fluff or flair. Just good food presented in a simple way.

Every time I go to brunch I have an internal debate on sweet vs. savory. Savory always wins. I decided on the Shredded Chicken Frittata with Arugala Salad.

The frittata was a huge serving and chock full of chicken and potatoes. This could easily be dinner for me! The chicken was more chopped than shredded and cooked perfectly. Not chewy at all. The potatoes were soft and seasoned just right. The arugula salad was the light touch that this heavier frittata needed. They paired wonderfully together.

I also got a side of the Parmesan Grits. If I see grits on a menu, I’m ordering them. I’m fairly certain that this Southern gal has grits in her bloodstream. I loved the presentation of the grits in this cute little pot and this could have easily been split between two people. While the grits were tasty, they were almost a little too creamy for me. On a few bites I felt like I was eating just a fork full of butter.

Before everyone got to business with their food I snagged a few photos of a few meals around me.

Panko French Toast with Bourbon Whipped Butter

Poached Farm Egg, Tournedo of Beef, Grits, Hollandaise

Catalyst is a big restaurant that is open with tons of cool accents including some amazing hand-blown glass light fixtures.


It feels a little industrial with the concrete-type floor and walls of windows, while being cozy with the exposed beams and roaring fireplace. It matches the unique feel of it’s neighborhood, Technology Square.

  

I’ll definitely be returning to Catalyst. It sounds like each time the menu will provide something a little different and I’d love to see their take on dinner using local food.

Yet again, I had a lovely morning with the Boston Brunchers and had to head home after brunch immediately for a nap. I consider it a successful outing if a nap is needed afterwards.

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Have a great weekend and enjoy a mimosa at brunch!

*Just a note: Catalyst provided the food and drinks at no charge to the Boston Brunchers. As always, my opinions are all my own! *

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