Opus - tasting menu or a la carte?
Five of us are planning on eating dinner at Opus tomorrow night. I've read all the recent reviews and am excited to try it.
So is this a place where the tasting menu is the way to go? And if it is, is the 3 course menu worth it, or do we need to go with the 6 course to really experience the place. And if we go with a la carte, any must eat dishes?
I don't have any answers since I'm planning to try it this weekend too, but I had another question to add.
Is it totally uncouth to share a tasting menu? Neither my dining partner nor I have a very big appetite but would like to sample as much as possible.
Sorry to hijack your thread, Norton, but I didn't see the point in starting yet another Opus thread. Have an awesome dinner!
i sometimes share a tasting menu, but if i do i usually sit at the bar so as to not put out a waiter. for me its always win win by eating at the bar. its much more intimate allowing me to sit shoulder to shoulder. easier to share, and i always get to talk to the bartender who usually ends up hooking it up. sometimes i dont like the stiffness of the dining room, the theatricality of it all, and just want a nice casual dinner.
i recently shared the 6 course at opus in this manner and found most of the courses except for perhaps the shima-aji and hamachi sashimi course were totally shareable. particularly if you dont mind small tastes, which i dont at all!
If you don't have a big appetite a 3 course might work... it will likely be 3 courses with a couple of additional items. I don't think any of the courses are really big enough to share, so I would get your own per person. If they can, maybe you can ask for 2 three course menus with one or two variations in the courses so you get some different items?
We ended up doing the 3 course tasting menu, and it was great. The amuse bouche was a celery root pannacotta that you drink. Yummy - the celery taste was very light. The first course was a nutty custard like thing. Sorry I can't remember the details. I wasn't keen on it, but it was interesting. The main course was veal. Amazing! It just melted in my mouth. Very decadent. For dessert, there was a small creme brulee which was light and good and then chocolate mousse with pineapple. I'm not a fan of mousse but everyone else loved it. All in all, it was a solid meal.
A lot of people were dining there that night. The LA Times review must have helped. The last time we went, before this chef, it was pretty bad - the food, the service and the prices. But now this may just be our new neighborhood place (besides Korean of course). Lucky for us, it's walking distance.