On the advice of a fellow hound, we decided to give Icarus a try tonight and everything - service, food, ambiance - was so disappointing.
When we walked in the place stunk like fish. It continued to be rank throughout the meal. Ewww. Now to the food. My husband had a peanut noodle salad appetizer that honestly tasted like the prepared version I buy at Whole Foods. My polenta with goat cheese was fine, I guess. Our mains were not good. We had a chili glazed pork loin and a bluefish. The pork loin was a poor cut that was so tough, gristly and tasteless that we left most of it uneaten. The corn side was good, though I suppose its tough to mess up corn cut off the cob. The fish was covered in bitter char and the accompanying pilaf was so spicy that I couldn't eat it. Our desserts were the high point, a tender peach cobber and a nicely smooth chocolate cake.
I think the desserts may have actually been good enough to make a memorable meal had the service not been so impersonal. I know it is a tough job being a server, but our waitress was practically a zombie. Not once did she make eye contact. We had to flag down others for water, bread and our bill. Yet she managed to keep her eyes on the prize and found a nice big friendly smile for the table of older, well dressed ladies next to us.
We (unknowingly) went during their 3 courses for 30 dollars menu. Does this explain our experience, or is it just par for the course?