After a lavish lunch, what could be better than more rich food for dinner?
Icarus was about half full last night and very relaxing. The anniversary menu (above) for $29 is all they have on offer. I opted for the wine pairing (an extra $15), while Doug simply had a glass of Viogner.
I asked the waiter to tell me about two of the appetizers (the antipasti and the chicken salad). His enthusiastic diescription of the antipasti, contrasted with his vague discussion of the chicken salad, made my choice a no brainer. The Vegetable Antipasti was exquisite, tiny bites of beets, baby leeks, an eggplant puree, a dollop of goat cheese, sweet 100 tomatoes. Beautiful. Doug had the Crisp Polenta, which was also delicious. The veal was tender and flavorful with a reduction that was perfectly constructed. Oddly enough, I didn't get a taste of the truffle.
For mains, I had the Grilled Chuck Eye Tender, which was four generous slices of beef, done exactly the way I ordered it, medium rare. The tomatoe basil relish suffered a bit from the lack of rich, sweet, local tomaties, but it was, over all a good choice. Doug had the Grilled Leg of Lamb and I swear he had twice the meat I had. The socca pancake (the waiter was not the very most informed guy I ever met) was some sort of Greek derivative, layered with some spinach-like greens. The pancake seemed to get a bit soggy for my taste, but the greens were very good. The lamb was also done exactly as ordered and was really flavorful and tasted "of the grill".
Sometimes I go a month without dessert, but yesterday, I went wild. To finish our meal at Icarus, I chose the Panna Cotta (kind of a custardy thing covered in blueberries) and Doug had the Johnny Cake cobbler. The sauterne that accompanied the Panna Cotta was less sweet and cloying than I expected. One of the good things about leveraging the wine pairings is that you get to try wines you might have never risked.
I am going back there next Monday for a friend's birthday. I am glad the menu is broad enought to accomodate extra visits, since this deal goes all month and I got the impression that the Restaurant Week menu will be quite similar.
3 Appleton Street, Boston, MA 02116