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Oct 16, 2007 08:47 AM

You know a dessert is good when... order another one right after eating it. Yes, I'm not ashamed to admit that this is exactly what my friend and I did last night at Opus.

We ordered the apple shortcake with chai ice cream, as well as the chocolate torte. Both were excellent, but the apple shortcake was the stuff that dreams are made of: a WARM, buttery and flakey shortcake, braised apple slices that still had a good texture, a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a perfect little scoop of chai ice cream. The flavor combination was, dare I say it, perfect. So we polished off both desserts, and we each knew what the other was thinking but I didn't want to be the one to bring it up. "Uh...I could eat another one of those...could you?" my friend asked, pointing at the licked-clean plate that once served the apple shortcake. "Well, if YOU want to, I'm sure I could eat more," I stammered.

So, we threw all potential embarassment to the wind and ordered another shortcake. And you know what? I didn't even care about looking like a gluttonous pig. Because it was THAT good.

Kudos to whoever the pastry chef is at Opus for that awe-inspiring dessert.

(I should note that we sat at the bar and shared a baco (wow), calamari (good) and the hamachi tartar (excellent) and therefore justified ordering three desserts because really we just split a few things, right?).

Clare K.

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  1. agreed that desserts at opus are excellent.

    1. i've always had great desserts at opus. glad others also share my experience. does anyone know who is the pastry chef?

      1. Thanks for the heads-up, I don't think I've had a dessert @ Opus outside of their spontaneous tasting menus (RIP) -- but I'll check them out next time if I have space after a baco.

        P.S. Initially I thought you were going to rave about a dessert from the Italy trip you blogged about ;)


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        1. re: AquaW

          Hey H.C., I just heard that Josef has brought the tasting menus back on Wed and Thursdays ONLY, and by reservation and request only, due to the demand. 4course -$60/ 6course - $80. Wine pairings $7 per course.

          BTW, the dessert there last night was better than those I had in Italy! :)

        2. Opus is sooo great! I wish they still had the TM. Is the menu very different from before? I'm curious about the oaxacan dishes.

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          1. re: LAfoodfiend

            Their menu looks more or less the same - I don't think they've added the Oaxacan dishes just yet.

          2. i think josef designs/does the pastries as well. he was doing the desserts when he was at meson g. well probably not making them himself but they were his creations/recipes executed by his kitchen.