Explore More Cities › +
Discover the unexpected in the Los Angeles Area. Explore All of Los Angeles
Restaurants & Bars 3

Opus - at the Wiltern

Jack Flash | May 5, 200507:12 PM

Had dinner last weekend (yeah, it's taken me a while to post) at the new Opus bar & restaurant in the Wiltern building (occupying the space that used to house the Atlas Bar & Grill, I believe).

I won't go into details about the physical space (kinda dark/industrial modern, with these really HUGE chairs, and I mean HUGE like something out of Alice in Wonderland), and limit my comments to the chow.

The menu is wide-ranging and fairly ambitious. About 6-8 first courses (some of which sound like miniature versions of a couple of the mains), and an equal number of salads. Prices range from about $10 to $16 for these starters.

We started with a special salad of mixed greens (impeccably fresh - probably from the farmers market that day) very lightly dressed in a vinagrette, with fresh pitted cherries and some slices of prosciutto. I didn't ask what kind of prosciutto it was, but it was high grade. It had that intense prosciutto flavor (not just salty) that is often missing. Also topped with a little crostini (sp?) with warmed goat cheese. This salad was $10, I believe, and was sufficient for two to share.

The cherries were a nice sweet touch that balanced well with the flavors of the other ingredients.

There are two types of main courses- grilled meats & fish, and prepared dishes. My GF had a rack of lamb from the grill side of the menu. At $28, it wasn't cheap, but was a much larger serving that you usually see with lamb. The rack consisted of about 8 pieces. A really ample serving. I almost never order lamb at restaurants because I need two orders to get my fill; this would have been enough for me. Grilled items are served a la carte (except for some greens) - no side dishes. Ordered a side of pommes puree (mashed potatoes) which were at once creamy, yet also a bit more grainy than usual (this was not a bad thing).

I had a nightly special, which was suckling pig that had been roasted or braised (I forget) the day before, then finished in a pan to get the skin all crispy. Was served with an onion marmalade, and topped with a slice of Asian pear that had been cooked in a Riesling-based sauce.

This was absolutely fabulous. The meat was soft, melt-in-your mouth tender without being mushy. Loaded with flavor.

Had to go to a concert next door, so we didn't have time for dessert. Pity.

Had a bottle of a 2000 French burgundy (some Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I forget which). It wasn't the cheapest bottle of wine at $54, but was definitely on the lower end. They have a large wine list; looked like almost everything red was $45 or more, and several bottles in triple digits (and a couple in quadruple digits).

Service was very professional - wine & water glasses filled without asking, a butter knife that left with the salad plate was replaced without prompting.

Overall, a good experience. But it was expensive. I think our bill for one salad, two mains and the wine (no dessert, coffee or cocktails) was close to $115 before tax & tip. That's a lot of money, to me anyway. In other words, it's not an inexpensive pre-theater meal. I don't know if a place like this can make it at that location, at those prices.

But that suckling pig was incredible.

Want to stay up to date with this post?
Log In or Sign Up to comment

Recommended From CH