Having read the mixed reviews for Icarus, I still thought it was worth trying their $26 prix fixe menu, going on this month. The mixed reviews seemed to dwell on the quantity for the price, so I was optimistic based on the $26 price.
It is definitely worth it. There were 4 options for the appetizer, 3 options for the entree, and 3 options for the dessert. I would have liked to try the soft shell crabs off the main menu, but the prix fixe options turned out great.
I had a corn and lobster bisque...excellent...lots of sweet, crunchy corn. Good lobster flavor (although lacking small chunks of lobster that would make it perrrfect). Overall, may have been the best thing any of us ordered. My beautiful accomplices ordered a beet and arugula salad and cod cakes, respectively.
For entree, two of us ordered pork loin with a rich, buttery sauce and peaches. Our other amiga ordered bluefish, which was light and fishy. Nice fish for a summer meal. The pork was cooked just right (a little pink in the center) and the sauce was guilt on a plate. The peaches were sauted in butter, and the sweetness cut the rest of the dish well.
Desserts - I had a berry crisp with ice cream. Just right. Didn't blow me away, but a nicely executed version.
For wine, we had a Chateauneuf de Pape Mas de Boislauzon. Reasonable mark-up, good wine with dinner. List in general is decent - a few mark-ups that were too high (mostly on the California reds)...but good selections and pretty good price range. A little light on decent wines under $40.
Service -- we ate late and our server seemed like she was ready to go home. I think the rush of $26 diners might be good and bad for the servers -- more money than they would make in the slow month of July, but a lot of hard work. She was friendly when I got her to slow down for a second, but she seemed to rush through everything else (plates put down roughly, wine poured quickly). If we had ordered off the regular menu and dropped ~$100 per person, I would have been disappointed... but I was content as was.
Overall, it was a great value. They weren't serving their most creative dishes, but if you are interested in excellent preparation and a good meal in a nice room, it is well worth the $26.
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