302 Westport Plaza Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
A couple of girlfriends and I ate at the IceKitchen last Friday night before heading out to the Muny. I made online reservations at Open Table and it worked great.
Located in Westport, right across from the Trainwreck, it has a huge outdoor patio and quite a few seats inside. I felt the decor was a cross between a swanky nightclub, an urban loft and '70's vibe.
We ordered the Antipasto Platter (8.75) as an appetizer. It came with a few pieces of thin, crusty bread, olives, carmelized nuts, sausage and a thin swipe of some type of pesto. I didn't even think about the fact that I can't eat pork when we ordered it so I didn't get to taste the meats on the plate. The nuts and bread were good but, overall, I thought it was a bit pricey for the amount of food that was on the plate.
For dinner, I ordered the Chicken Lollipops (7.75) and an IceKitchen House Salad (4.25). The salad was beautiful with the ribbons of carrot sitting on top of a bed of lettuce. The dressing was a rice-wine vinaigrette that had a taste of ginger to it. It was sweet and savory. I have never tasted a dressing like this before and it was quite tasty.
The Chicken Lollipops were marinated in Asian spices and sriracha with a pear-ginger sauce. Since the wings were grilled and not fried, some of the skin was a bit chewy and not crispy but the spices and marinade on these chicken drummies was delicious. The pear-ginger sauce was sweet, sour, tangy and spicy. Loved it!
Our dinner reservations were at 5:30 so we were there in time for happy hour. They did have some pretty good happy hour specials. Quite a few of the Small Plates were half off (I got mine for half) and all of the martinis, specialty drinks, pitchers of sangria and domestic beers were half off. I split a pitcher of red sangria (21.00)with one friend and was excited to get it half off. I, personally, felt there was a little too much peach schnapps in it but at the happy hour price it was well worth it.
I would like to go back to the IceKitchen on a weekend and sit out on the patio. I wasn't overly impressed with the food but I think the place could be fun on a nice summer evening.