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Opus question

David W Feb 11, 2007 08:30 AM

I'll be visiting from NY in March and have a reservation at Opus...I couldn't help but notice it's near the Metro...only thing is, we have to make it back to Pasadena.
How long do the various tasting menus take, on average? I don't want to rush, but I also don't want to end up running for the last train. Or I could just drive. Thanks for your help.

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    David W Feb 12, 2007 03:04 PM

    Thanks, all...I'll see how I feel after a few days driving around. My NY mind is naturally attracted to public transportation, if possible. But now I have a better sense of timing, etc.

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    1. re: David W
      barleywino Feb 18, 2007 10:50 AM

      i was there on a Thursday night (9pm) and told them i was a bit short on time and asked them how long a 9 course would take (no wine), they graciously accomodated me and did it in 2 hours.

    2. Clare K Feb 12, 2007 09:40 AM

      I would say give yourself at least three hours. If you do drive, and you are too tipsy to drive home, there is a Korea Town-based car service that will drive you and your car home. Ask the owner or host (one of the two are always there) to call for you and they will. I don't know the name of the service...seems to be a little secret among K-town resto owners.


      1. CarlieInLA Feb 11, 2007 10:22 PM

        We had the 3 course (which was actually 5) with the wine pairings and we were there for over 2 hours. I would not take the train and worry about the time, it was such a lovely meal and I would suggest taking your time and truly enjoying every dish. You will also have to take 2 trains (the red & gold line) and it may take a while. Have a great time, we loved our meal at Opus and can't wait to go back!

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          AquaW Feb 11, 2007 08:24 PM

          Drivin' is probably better, tasting menus @ Opus can take anywhere from 2-4 hours (depending on how many courses you're doing, how slammed the kitchen is, etc.) - of course, be safe if you're pairing wines too.


          1. Pei Feb 11, 2007 03:57 PM

            Valet parking is also only $3 at Opus, which even after a tip and factoring gas is probaby negligibly difference from the price of two tickets both ways on the Metro. My friend and I skirted the designated driver issue by taking a little stroll down to Mr. Coffee on 6th and having dessert and drinks after dinner.

            1. Skorgirl Feb 11, 2007 12:42 PM

              My paired 3 course was about 1 hour, 45 minutes. We ate on a Wednesday night and we were pretty much the only diners in the whole restaurant, aside from people eating at the bar. Also ate at a leisurely pace.

              1. hrhboo Feb 11, 2007 12:39 PM

                It can take a while. It took over 4 hours for our 6-course tasting, which was not a problem at all since I like to eat slowly and I need alot of time to eat that much food! The 3-course tasting with additional bacos took around 2.5 hours. I should add that although we ordered 3 courses, was actually got around 6.

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                  Jerome Feb 11, 2007 12:36 PM

                  fwiw the subway runs until almost 1am and the gold line may run later. check out the mta.net website for schedules.

                  1. truefoodie Feb 11, 2007 12:35 PM

                    We did a paired 6 last night and where there for a little over 4 hours - but we did start with a bottle of champagne and ate at a leisurely pace...I am sure if you told the waiter what time you needed to leave by they would be accomodating. (How was it you ask?) We had a great time and our only complaint might be there was so much rich food that we were stuffed by the end and could hardly get through the dessert courses. BTW - Nice wines and well paired. The chef is pushing boundaries and its not perfect - but it is a yummy and fun culinary adventure at a great price...we'll definitely be back. I will post a more detailed review later.

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                      zack Feb 11, 2007 08:35 AM

                      depending on how many courses you decide to go with for the tasting menu at opus and the busyness of the night on which you visit, i would recommend planning on 2-3hrs. however, when in l.a, do as the angelenos and drive (if you have the option).

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