Opal Dining Lounge
First off, I have to say that the room is gorgeous. Very warm and inviting. There is apparently live jazz on a Saturday night, but we were there on a Friday
I dont remember the full menu descriptions but here goes
Started with a spinach salad with tomatoes & feta with a balsamic vinaigrette. For my taste, there was a bit too much dressing, but the salad was very fresh and tasty. One of my friends had the grilled calamari, which was declared perfect, beautifully flavored & perfectly grilled.
Two of us had the steak with sweet potato frites & wilted spinach. Steak was a nice cut, prepared well and well seasoned very tasty. Fries were crispy. My friend also enjoyed her steak. The other dish on the table was a pasta dish which was apparently very good, and quite rich.
Dessert - two flourless chocolate cakes and a crème brulee. The cakes were inhaled pretty quickly, which I took to mean that they were good! Nice portion size. The crème brulee was very good great texture nice and creamy, not at all eggy. Definitely a keeper.
The chef is fairly young, and came out to make sure that everything was to our liking, and solicit feedback.
Dinner for three with drinks, tax & tip - $210
Opal Dining Loung 472 Queen St. W
Opal is a gem on Queen West. I was there a few times last winter for group dinners. The chef is young like you said, Michael Gravenor, with caribbean influences in his cuisine. Everything was top notch and he did take the time to personally check on everyone throughout the night.
I would classify this place as a resto-lounge and a sexy one at that. There is no mystery when you walk into the place, but you have some intimate seating ahead of restaurant seating and a pretty cozy bar. You've reminded me to go back there. Drinks or food.