Jul 25, 2011
Food & Dining
by Frederik Swanepoel
When heading to a tourist destination like San Francisco, one tends to get caught in the tourist trap of overcrowded venues and mediocre food. So I opted to ask two friends who find themselves in the habitat of The Castro, San Francisco to pick their Favorite dinner venue…
Catch serves amazingly fresh seafood and land fare that challenges the normal ambiance of sophisticated diners. I found its location an absolute attribute to those who choose to breathe and experience the full blow of what the LGBT community of the Castro has to offer.
The Castro is home of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Transgender and makes for a colourful canvas of liberal culture. Harvey Milk has made his mark and left this “must experience” village of the Castro as his legacy.
Sipping on the usual camp cosmopolitan, and nibbling on deep fried olives with feta, one is entertained by the random nudist confidently strolling past as if they are wearing a newly acquired couture gown. Catch is located at the birthplace of the original HIV Quilt that is too big to display as a whole, and is currently being kept in Washington. A story well worth reading on http://www.aidsquilt.org/
Staff at Catch deliver attentive and enticing service, with collectable knowledge of their surroundings and menus alike. The heated patio offers an ambiance to long for and a clear view of Market Street, whilst the inside fire place and live jazz piano offers a sophisticated and warm feel.
We opted for a table on the patio to closer experience the vibe of Market St and 18th otherwise known as the “meat rack”. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cabernet braised short ribs with fettuccini, white corn, spinach and black truffle oil cream sauce. Whist I also recommend the “Catch Seafood Stew”, fries tossed with parmigianino reggiano, herbs and truffle oil.
These were only a few of the easily indulging Items on the Catch menu and I will surely return to sink my teeth into a Dungeness crab cake with Italian tomato salsa.
Be sure to reserve a table before heading off as this is a real busy spot, especially on weekend nights, and do not leave the Camera at home!
2362 Market Street (between 16th St & 17th St), San Francisco, CA 94114
LUNCH Monday – Friday | 11:30am – 2:30pm
DINNER Sunday – Tuesday | 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday | 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 5:30pm – 11:00pm
BRUNCH Saturday – Sunday | 11:00pm – 3:30pm
001 415 431 5000 U.S.