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Rest. Week - Icarus

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Rest. Week - Icarus

kabs | Aug 23, 2005 01:09 PM

We visited Icarus for the first time last night. Our overall impression was that the food was very good, but that there was nothing knock your socks off great.

For apps the choices were a salad (can't remember the details), a beet salad with goat cheese crostini, polenta with wild mushroom ragu, and corn and niman ranch bacon chowder.

I had the polenta and my husband had the chowder. Both were the standouts from the entire meal. The polenta had a nice crust, and the earthly mushrooms and parmesan sprinkled on top really complemented it. I was allowed one bite of the chowder which was milky and sweet from corn with a hint of smokiness from the bacon. Both were excellent.

For entrees the choices were skirt steak, salmon, or risotto. I had the salmon which had a nice crust (potato, I think) and was served with haricot verts, tiny potatoes, and bernaise. The bernaise was very light and had a nice consistency that wasn't too thick. The beans were very good - nice and sweet. Overall, the dish was tasty, but nothing earthshattering. I didn't try the steak, but my husband said it was ok. I don't know what sauce was put on top, but he didn't care for it too much. He couldn't remember what the menu called it but thought it was tomato based. I did try the mashed potatoes, which were not very good. The consistency was too thin.

There were 4 dessert choices - chocolate gateau, blackberry crisp, pound cake w/spiced peaches and raspberries, and a trio of sorbet. I had the blackberry crisp and my husband had the gateau. The crisp was very good. The blackberries were large and plentiful, and a bit tart which was cut by the crisp topping and some vanilla bean ice cream. The gateau was OK - nothing very exciting.

The service was very good, with glasses of wine delivered in advance of the entree (an ongoing problem we seem to encounter). Overall, it was a decent meal. Our one complaint was the portion sizes of the entrees. For restaurant week, it was fine and we didn't need anything more, but it made us wonder if it was indicative of the portions when ordering off of their regular menu. Our conclusion was, we were glad we tried it during Restaurant Week, but probably would not return anytime soon given the price point and food quality.

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