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Opus overrated

Loveleenda | | Jul 28, 2007 11:33 PM

I live in the area, and I have to say, after trying this restaurant several times, I am always left disappointed. Tonight was no exception. I really enjoy exciting food and bold flavors, but something is always missing at Opus. My boyfriend and I have been patiently (for years) waiting for the Koreatown revolution. We were so looking forward to the opening of Opus a few years ago. We tried it, there were a few kinks, we went back, some new kinks, again, new kinks, etc. They are constantly changing the knowledge/age/gender/skill/ethnicity of their staff. Clearly, the management is trying to find the right formula, but they can't seem to get it right. The restaurant has changed hands from brother to sister...originally a steak and seafood restaurant. We tried it a few times during the original phase. Super attractive female asian staff...Taylor's was far superior, steaks, service and all. Then came a transition, new staff. Sexy American Caucasion women. They knew little about the menu, wine, cocktails, etc. The food was generally ok, but overpriced considering the service. Then came the new management/ownership. The brother sold the restaurant to his sister (so we were told). My guess is that he grew tired of the lack of business, and saw the opportunity to escape...cut his losses. Soooo, the sister takes over. Then begins the miriad of staff and menu changes. The new chef gets a lot of press. We decide to try once again. The bar staff, mainly a young man whose name begins with a D, are knowledgeable and personable. This staff does a great job, though the food is still overpriced, inaccessible, and not really that impressive. We return soon after only to find him gone. They have fired their entire staff...this time it's a heathy mix of attractive Caucasian and Asian women. Tonight, a few months later, I have once again succumed to the temptation of staff, mostly men. Our service was perfunctory and scripted, the food was bland, overcooked, not special. Our neighboring table concurred. I have read countless reviews between the newspapers and food magazines. These reviews have led me back to Opus, always ready to enjoy myself. I can't help but wonder if these reviewers may have received extra special treatment, or if the restaurant was having a great day, or if I am just completely nuts. Regardless, my experiences have all been tepid at best. Go to Opus if you wish, but don't expect much, and you won't be let down.