If you’re out by Westchase, in western Hillsborough county, and you want seafood, then go to Catch Twenty-Three. Located on Montague Street, it is in a posh neighborhood, perfect for strolling before or after dinner. Parking is limited, being that there is only a few sports in front of the restaurant, so you’ll have to park along the street, which may be in front of someone’s condo. Catch Twenty-Three has a laid back atmosphere and is not overly ostentatious, and may be a nice place to grab a quiet corner and unwind from the day.
I started with the calamari and the lobster bisque. The calamari is marinated in beer before cooked and is served with a roasted red pepper remoulade. The calamari was crispy, yet tender inside and not overly salty. A good item to start with. The bisque was flavorful. Creamy with a kick of spice. Yet it was more like a puree than a soup and therefore the rich texture was a bit heavy for my tastes.
For the entrée, I had the mahi-mahi with mango salsa. This was served with coconut rice and I chose the sweet plantains as my other side. The rice was very flavorful and the plantains were cooked just right. My fish on the other hand, was a bit on the dry side. The mango salsa saved the fish from being a big disappointment. On a positive note, my wife had the macadamia nut encrusted scallops with mango salsa. These were dynamite. The scallops were soft and had good texture. I would order them the next time I’m at Catch Twenty-Three.
For dessert, my wife and I ordered the chocolate cake for two. This was a hit with both of us. We obviously had to take it home, but was just as good the next night. Overall, Catch Twenty-Three does have a good atmosphere and had several tasty dishes. While I didn’t taste everything on the menu, my experience was just okay. I am not discouraging anyone from going to Catch Twenty-Three, but if you are looking for a seafood restaurant in Tampa on a Saturday night, Catch Twenty-Three is my second choice.