Many years later, as it faced the firing squad, St. Louis was to remember the distant afternoon its Groupon took it to discover IceKitchen. Until then, kick off 100 years of chillitude with $25 worth of eclectic cuisine and libations for $10 at IceKitchen on Westport Plaza Drive in Maryland Heights. An inspired slew of award-winning small plates, shot glasses of soup, robust entrees, and a flood of swell vodkas and cocktails leave the senses in a fit of happy sustenance.
IceKitchen's dinner menu is a thrilling retreat from the banalities of everyday foodstuffs. Smooth concoctions such as the beef short rib soup ($6.50) and the creamy elephant garlic soup ($6.25) gracefully precede beautiful displays of creative small plates. The trio of wonton tacos ($6.25) fills crispy wonton shells with carne asada and a taro purée beneath a drizzling of avocado-chili sauce and Napa cabbage, while the chicken lollipops ($7.75) skewer hunger with grilled chicken wings marinated in Asian spices and Sriracha sauce. Supsters with more sizeable hankerings will want to seek out the pan-roasted Chilean sea bass sake-marinated atop a grilled sushi rice cake ($14.75), as well as the Szechuan peppercorn-crusted filet of beef with wasabi celery-root purée and buttered Chinese long beans ($14.75). Each dish can find its soulmate within IceKitchen's extensive selection of vodkas.
A frosty yet friendly ambience emanates from the chilly core of the eatery's Ice Bar, where neon blue beams cast their arctic light upon cocktails such as the Bellinitini (with Effen black cherry vodka, $9) or the equally blue Smurf-Berry Juice (Stoli vanilla, Pearl blueberry, Sierra Mist, cranberry juice, and blueberry puree, $9). The bar's surface is actually made of ice, keeping your drink cold while you adjourn to a dance floor that thrives under the booming beats banged out by live musicians and DJs. On Friday, May 21, Ice Kitchen celebrates their one-year anniversary with food and drink specials and live music. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead or send your silver-surfing herald to foretell your coming.
- The bar has an iced portion, which is quite handy for keeping drinks cold. It also has a frosty but comfortable blue, silver and white decor, accented by several flat-screen TVs, eight semi-private booths and a couch/lounge area for about 20 people. Given its frozen motif, it’s a welcoming space. – Joe Holleman, STLtoday.com
- ...we like our vodka in places like this...Icy, sipped alongside a plate holding a beautiful chunk of roasted sea bass atop a cake of rice; around it, a puddle of rice wine–infused broth and slivers of carrots and zucchini. The sake-marinated bass is almost sweet, the surface caramelized, the inside moist and flaky. Perfect match. – St. Louis
While some people have qualms with price points, you shouldn't have a problem with a Groupon in hand. Seven Yelpers give the Ice Kitchen three solid stars:
- This place has unique food, awsome [sic] martinis and the staff really seem to enjoy working there. – bob s.
302 Westport Plaza Dr.
St. Louis, Missouri 63146Get Directions