Rachel Cossar

Hold On to the Warm Weather at Boston's Catalyst Restaurant

Chef/owner William Kovel extends this eatery's al fresco dining option into the fall

With Labor Day already a thing of the past, we see the disappearance of many of the things we love most about summer... and I am not just talking about white clothing. The enjoyment of eating outdoors, with a glass of white wine, are among some of the best things summer in Boston has to offer; however, many restaurants shut their outdoor operations after this long weekend. Thankfully, there are a few brave restauranteurs who will be keeping their patios open and operating well into the fall.

Catalyst, in Technology Square, is one such spot. With a patio outfitted with powerful heat lamps, guests can continue to indulge in evenings on the patio for weeks to come. Chef/owner William Kovel and his team have crafted a well-rounded menu, with late summer items having just been added. Keep an eye and ear out for evening specials like its tuna poke garnished with avocado and radish. The summer truffle agnolotti stuffed with ricotta cheese, accompanied by chanterelle mushrooms and beautifully earthy shavings of fresh truffle is another must-have addition.

Any of the in-house pastas make for great starters. Pair the cavatelli with lamb sausage and roasted red peppers with the pinot noir. Order their chicken liver mousse as well and together these items make for a perfectly enjoyable patio pairing on a cooler evening.

Off of the main menu, the pan roasted blue cod with bacon, mussels, and clams in a light chowder makes for a delightful blend between late summer and early fall. Chef Kovel makes this transition beautifully and his team executes with the utmost satisfaction to diners. Signature menu items like the Catalyst rotisserie chicken and the burger are always thoroughly enjoyed by diners at this restaurant.

The cocktail menu is equally well-balanced with a refreshing and robust barrel-aged old fashioned served on tap. The wine list houses a great by-the-glass list with both red and whites of diverse profiles. Ask your dedicated wait staff or bartenders for a recommendation or pairing suggestion.

In the pastry department, pastry chef Lilah Rogoff plates simple, but delicious dishes. The milk chocolate hazelnut mousse almond dacquoise is indeed a mouthful, both in name and in taste – just right for a touch of something slightly bittersweet at the end of the meal. All in all, Catalyst is a stronghold in the Kendall culinary scene. With their proud patio open until temperatures really start to drop, diners have the ability to squeeze as much out of our nice weather as possible. Head in for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner on the weekend and their special brunch on Sundays. 

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300 Technology Sq (at Albany & Main)
Cambridge, MA 02139
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