Ed and I were in London, Ontario this past weekend for a friend’s birthday. We helped him celebrate at Icarus Resto Bar at 519 Richmond Street. I had been there once previously, having the best lamb shank ever, so I was looking forward to another gastronomic experience.
The lamb shank is braised with red wine and rosemary, served over creamy polenta, and accompanied by market vegetables.
There were twenty guests for the birthday party, so a pre-arranged family-style meal was served. Personally, I believe a party of that many people is a challenge for the diner, as well as the server and restaurant. Our server and the kitchen did not let us down.
To get our evening started my friend, our host, put a few bottles of wine on the table. A Schug Pinot Noir and McManis Petite Syrah were to go perfectly with the spanakopita appetizer and chicken kabob, and then beef kabob and lamb chops, respectively.
The phyllo dough was crisped perfectly on the spanakopita. Other appies included warm pita triangles with a trio dip, consisting of roasted garlic hummus, roasted red pepper feta dip, and tzatziki. Then came the lamb meatballs—a generous size, topped with tomato olive chutney and crumbled feta. They were Ed’s favourite.
We were served two salads, the authentic Greek salad and a BLT. Both were fresh and tasty. Main courses were served family style: moussaka—a rich lamb ragu, layered between potato and sautéed sliced eggplant, and topped with béchamel sauce. Chicken and Beef souvlaki were accompanied by fluffy rice, broasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. And the lamb chops—grilled perfectly.
Even though Ed was stuffed, he craned his neck at two giant lamb burgers that were served to another table.
Our server was taxed, but she was spot on with her delivery and smile. Deserts included a pecan pie and decadent banana chocolate cheesecake squares.
We rate Icarus Resto Bar a 9 out of 10.