Sunday Brunching: Catalyst

Catalyst, yet another newbie in the Kendall Square dining scene, has been my latest brunch discovery. My fellow bruncher Katie and I went on Sunday to try making a dent in our growing lists of Boston restaurants to try.

Catalyst’s interior blends well with the high-tech neighborhood: high, exposed ceilings and modern glass light fixtures with and rustic wood and metal accents. The large, airy restaurant was actually a little intimidating when we walked in for brunch because it was almost entirely empty. Did everyone stay in because of the gloomy weather?

We took a seat at the bar and immediately ordered one of the items off of the “For the Table” section of the menu. (I love that they encourage ordering appetizers for brunch because I’m usually starving!)

As soon as the Banana Bread with Dulce de Leche arrived, I grabbed a slice and smeared it with the dulce de leche. Bad move. Dulce de leche is sweet (surprise, surprise). After a couple of bites, I found the sweet on sweet flavor a little cloying. I would have much preferred the already sweet banana bread on its own, as it was incredibly moist and full of banana flavor, with lightly crisp edges that tasted almost caramelized.

Katie ordered the Catalyst Burger with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomato, Brioche Bun, House Made Ketchup, Mustard, and Aioli. I didn’t try the burger, but noticed it was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and looked mouth watering. I definitely stole some fries though. We called them “McDonald’s style,” which is an excellent thing in my opinion. (McDonald’s fries will always be a weakness of mine.)

I went all out and ordered the Poached Farm Egg and Tournedo of Beef with Goat Cheese Grits and Chipotle Hollandaise. I requested the hollandaise on the side, and was happy I did because I think the richness would have been overkill. The runny egg yolk and cheesy grits provided plenty of creaminess. The steak was cooked beautifully to the rare side of medium-rare and the grits were absolutely loaded with creamy, tangy goat cheese without being mushy. The sweet onions on top of the grits were a pleasant surprise.

See? Perfectly cooked + a runny egg = delicious.

I’m so happy to have found another great brunch option in the Cambridge/Somerville area, and I can’t wait to try their dinner menu.

What’s your favorite restaurant for brunch?

Catalyst
Kendall Square
300 Technology Sq.
Cambridge, MA 02139
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See my favorite dishes at this restaurant on Tasted Menu

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  • http://twitter.com/InAndAroundTown In and Around Town

    I love my brunch at Catalyst!  That grits dish looks amazing – nothing better than a good poached egg – may have to return for that.

  • DeliciousDish

    I had that steak, egg, and grits dish when I went too, but I think it was crab grits instead of goat cheese. I really enjoyed it!

  • http://profiles.google.com/michellepcollins Michelle Collins

    I recently checked out Grafton Street in Harvard Square for brunch, and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t been yet!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Ohh good to know. I’ve been for drinks and apps before, but it has been a long time!

  • http://twitter.com/joanneeatswell Joanne Bruno

    I have not had a good brunch in forever! But this looks beyond awesome.
    Joanne @ eats well with others

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    You will love their dinner menu (though their service irks me sometimes!).. I haven’t been for brunch yet – definitely on my to-do list after seeing that runny egg!!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Yes! I didn’t mention it in my post, but our service was a little weird too. It wasn’t necessarily “bad,” but something about our waiter kind of irked me.

  • Elizabeth

    Banana bread WITH dulce de leche??? omg. I’m sorry I never got to Catalyst for brunch. It looks fantastic. 

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I love Catalyst brunch. We are oppossites though – I love the sweet on sweet flavor of the banana bread with dulce de leche (so much so that I consider ordering it for myself) hehehe

  • http://www.eatinginorout.wordpress.com/ Sacha

    That tournedo of beef is always really highly praised, and it looks absolutely delicious with that egg–and rich! The dulce de leche seems really light in color, so I can imagine the pairing being too sweet. 

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    Oh, man! That beef looks awesome on the bed of mashed potatoes!

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    oh that burger looks perfect! what a beautiful presentation!

  • http://www.thegirlwhoateboston.com/ The Girl Who Ate Boston

    I’ve been to Catalyst for dinner but not for brunch. That poached egg and beef looks to-die-for! I’m adding Catalyst to my list of brunch places. Thanks!



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