3538 East Chapman Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
www.opusrestaurant.com - (714) 639-3700
Opus Restaurant Los Angeles Reviews
Apr 27, 2007
Interesting, contemporary restaurant near Koreatown in LA, right next to the Wiltern. The decor is modern and stylish. Instead of normal seats, each of us sat on chairs with huge, wide backs that were almost comically super-sized. They were so big and unwieldy that it was easier to slide the table out to get into your chair as opposed to sliding the chair back to sit down.
Enough about the furniture, let's turn to the food. We ordered the 3 course tasting menu, which is apparently a special that they only offer in April. Apparently they offer anywhere from 3-6 course tasting menus, but I'm really glad we ordered the 3 course menu, because they give you lots of "mini" dishes in-between your 3 courses.
Mini course 1: A blended strawberry and tomato mixture that was served in a shot glass. Eaten with a tiny spoon that fits INTO the shot glass and actually works quite effectively. So picture two otherwise normal looking people sitting in GIANT chairs eating a fruit blend with a TINY spoon. Welcome to LA.
First course: A crab/tempura dish served over sliced beef tongue! The crab was good but a little bit too greasy for my liking. I've never had beef tongue, but it tasted a lot like normal beef. Not rubbery like you would expect and actually pretty good.
Mini course 2: Celery soup with pork belly. Tasty and great consistency.
Mini course 3: An egg served in its shell and whipped into a bacon/cheddar/mayo tasting sauce. A bit too strong tasting when eaten by itself...
Main Course: Veal cheeks served with green beans and a rich sauce. Tender, fatty, and delicious.
Dessert: Probably the biggest disappointment of the night. Carrot cake that tasted like it could have been bought at any supermarket served with a small scoop of ice cream. After the originality and tastiness of the previous dishes, this was a lackluster finish.
Overall, a good restaurant that is doing some interesting things with food. Most of the dishes were quite good, but since the tasting menu changes daily, seems like it can be hit or miss. Overall it was $30 a person, not too terrible price for ~5 courses and relatively high quality food, especially in LA. Would probably go back, just to see what else the chef is dreaming up.
Owner was really friendly and hospitable.
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