We were so disappointed by this place. On so many levels. Catch of the Day boasts on their website and all over the menu that they have been voted Best Seafood in Miami by New Times Magazine, Gables Gazette and the Sun Post Magazine. I don’t see why.
First of all, the tables are placed so close together the man behind my chair couldn’t help but bump into me every three minutes. Second of all, our server doesn’t get the whole concept of food service. I will get to the food in a minute.
Our server obviously had no time for us. As she stood at our table to take our order she was clearly more interested in everything else going on in the restaurant than taking our order. Another server or assistant had brought us a basket consisting of two rolls and a handful of crackers which our server apparently did not see at first. She passed our table very quickly only a minute later and dropped off another bread basket without even slowing down. About four minutes later as she walked by again, she realized her mistake and took away the second basket. First of all, why remove it once you already put it in front of us? Secondly, how disgusting was it when she picked up our basket and placed it on another table of patrons just next to us? She has no idea if we stuck our grubby hands into it or not. Seriously, it was two pieces of bread and some crackers……you couldn’t have just left it? Or the restaurant was so stingy that bread had to be re-used?
Granted, this is a restaurant known for all-you-can-eat crab legs, Seafood Paella and Crispy Whole Red Snapper, but we just really wanted something quick and light. I started with a cup of lobster bisque which was by far the best thing I had there. It was thick and full of lobster bits.
For my main meal I ordered the Fish of the Day sandwich, which was grilled tilapia. Strongly undercooked, highly under-seasoned and lukewarm, it was not good. There was ZERO flavor. I am not even sure a salt shaker was passed over the fish. Even the fries were cold and unseasoned.
My companion fared a little better with his Blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich. At least there was some spices. However, the filet was very thin and flimsy. We both agreed however, it was far superior to my sandwich fiasco.
But his coleslaw was good……..
After we were done eating (or in my case, picking as I barely ate any of my meal), we had to wait awhile for our check. I understand when a place gets busy as I used to wait tables myself and I am usually patient. However, our server was more interested in the men sitting at the bar than to collect the money for our bill. So we left and didn’t pay the check……
Kidding of course!!! As a former restaurant employee I always tip 20% no matter how good or bad the service as we all have bad days. This was maybe the first time I actually thought about not leaving a tip at all (we didn’t though). Common sense tells you (or at least the health inspector should) that once food is dropped at a table you DO NOT pick it back up and serve it again to another table. The way I see it, if this what is being practiced in plain view of customers, I can’t imagine what is being done behind the closed doors of the kitchen. Although, common sense should have told us to cancel our meal and leave after we saw that.
And the food was horrible. Two sprouts….the only thing that saved this place from anything lower was that amazing lobster bisque.