The perks of improvising a business lunch? Prices are a fraction of what they usually are and you get the same food and service quality. So to celebrate T’s momentary return to the city, we met at a restaurant I’ve been longing to try for a while: Ikanos.
Showcasing Mediterranean cuisine, Ikanos is a chic, friendly, mezze place. The décor is bright and the staff are happily chatty. Just look at Natacha cracking us up.
Strong on fish and everything seafood, Ikanos brings a weekly changing lunch menu to all of the hungry professionals scattered around Old Port. For $22, you get a mezze and an entrée. A few bite-size sweets will complete your meal and temper any sudden sugar cravings.For our first course, T, Cousin A and I went for the veal tartar, cod croquette and beat salad, respectively. Simple and fresh, my salad had its fair share of feta, a handful of watercress, and a hint of mint and dill on top. M’s raw meat was put together with Retsina-infused mayonnaise (the darling Greek resinated wine) and a few pine nuts to give it a good crunch. As for Cousin A’s cod… it was gone before any of us could ask to try some ;). And then came the main dishes. The gents’ risotto and braised pork looked good. None of them, however, made heads turn as much as my roasted cod (with humility….). Look at this: a tender fish topped with gorgeous Littleneck clam, and all of it sitting amidst saffron fish stock. Even T couldn’t resist to take a picture.
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