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Opus, continued downward spiral.

rogermexico | Mar 25, 200810:41 PM

Just got back from dinner with my SO at Opus. Reservations through OpenTable for 8:30pm. The place was empty except for some yuppies doing the "baco" thing at the bar. Our server seemed disinterested, couldn't recall the nightly fish specials and only provided them on request. 6 or even 3 course tastings were not acommodated (understandable I suppose given new policies and relatively late dinner). We ordered the spare ribs and the porkchop only to find that they were out of both. We then went for the rib eye and the linguini only to find out there were no more clams for the linguini. Ok, make that the chicken and the rib eye with a starter of the octupus salad and a side of the fries with brie. Off goes the server without bothering to ask how I'd like the steak cooked so I grabbed her and told her medium, pink in the center.

First course: the octupus with crispy pork belly, pickled watermelon slices cilantro and green beens. This was the standout dish of the night. Complex flavor combination, with delicately cooked pork and octopus just tender enough not to get too rubbery. It was all a bit on the oily side, but all-in-all a winner.

Then came the steak and my SO's chicken. My steak had a massive outer rim of fat though the meat itself was somewhat bland and didn't come across as prime grade. Also, red almost all the way through and cool in the middle. Not my idea of medium. But I guess they thought I was talking about my SO's chicken which was pink on the inside and promptly returned for a do-over. I guess I was glad they were out of pork chop at this rate. The sides of veggies and rice, as well as the brie fries were utterly uninspiring. Niether of us felt like finishing our meals though the redo chicken was passable. Service was cold and uninformed.

In summary, one of the worst meals I've had at $50+/pp. It all made me wonder why we ever go anywhere other than our mid-range standbys (Orris, Celadon) which have yet to disappoint.

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