Went to ICOB with a small group of friends. Waitstaff was great, drink pour was good, space was modern, cool and comfortable. On the whole, the various items ordered were good ... I can't say outstanding. Of course, the raw oysters were sublime, but the clam chowder, although not bad, had its own "style and addition of herbs" that I just felt took away from the chowder. I did like the biscuits floating atop. I felt the menu was a bit underwhelming. Mussels were good. But the burger with oysters..... I think Neptune has them beat by a mile. There was way too much going on with the burger.....cheese, bacon (that was rubbery), tons of sauce, pickled onions and then the fried oyster. But this is where I am completely perplexed. The oyster was like it was pressed in a paninni press, with a very crispy outer crust and when biting into the oyster, there was no tender "belly or meat" It was Petrified ! I thought it was just a faux pas , until we got the dozen of oyster sliders. Itty Bitty Brioch rolls with ONE OYSTER inside... and it was the same thing. A very hard-crisp exterior, flattened and almost a dry hollow belly when you bit into it.
It was bizarre. Maybe its their style...almost like a double fry... but I'lve never had a dry, petrified oyster before. It just freaked me out on the place. Anyone else had the oyster sliders ? We all were actually hoping to get a couple orders of fried oysters along with the raw, but they don't do fried oysters...but do fried clams (huh???) For a place with such pomp and circumstance on their oyster quality and recent great press, I was sadly underwhelmed. Don't press my fried oysters to a pulp..... I want 'em tender, juicy and a nice light exterior fry.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215