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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 don’t 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

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    Avocado Queen

    wow thank you so much for the review.
    we walked passed by the resto yesterday and have meant to go back to try it (alas, the new york subs have fed us too well!)
    will go there this week

    1. Friends of mine went there last week and said the food was fabulous!! It must be good because they are in the restaurant business and are very picky about there food and service.

      i am going to try to check this place out on the weekend.

      1. 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.

        1. Just an update on the chef - there is a different chef now, I believe his name is Fawzi Ktob? used to be at Peppinos on the Beach. If you were there recently, that's who was cooking...

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          1. re: Truffles

            THE NAME IS FAWZI KOTB AND WAS THE SOUS CHEF OF CENTRO FOR 3 YEARS

            THANK YOU

            1. re: FAWZI

              Hi Fawzi,

              Yep - as you mentioned last night(April 6, 2007), the note below is from Jay, the regular at Opal :)

              Cheers...Jay

          2. This place is turning out to be one of my favorites. I like the music, food is very good and service is superb.

            I'm usually there at least once a week - typically Friday/Saturday.