Bangkok- Opus Italian wine bar and restaurant
I recently had a chance to try on Opus on Pun road after glanced over it on cnngo.com awhile ago. I was surprised that it locates next to the famous Taling-Pling on that small soi.
I went there on Monday night with my girl friend and we found the place was packed. (Reservation, therefore, is highly recommended) Ambiance was nice and relaxing- nothing over the top. The wine cellar was about 10 sqm size providing you lengthy list of wine particularly from Italy. Also, the place offered a great choices of by-the-glass; one prosecco, 4 choices of white and another 5 of red. Admitting we weren't ready to complete a bottle on Monday night, we decided to do by-the-glass.
Over to the food, we were contemplating on tapas platter and probably a pasta for each. Overlooking at our neighbor's table, we found the food portion was really generous so we decided to do the tapas and just one pasta first. The girl there was knowledgeable informing us that the tapas platter was comprised of Italian sausage, calamari fritti, bruschetta and fried rice ball (Arancini?)- also, she recommended we order only half portion of the tapas as the menu listed for serving size of 4-5. For pasta, we landed on home-made tagliatelle with Italian sausage and mushroom.
Before the tapas, the bread basket was of nice quality- good bread indeed. Then the tapas came in...quite big! The rice ball was about the size of a tennis ball- hot creamy rich and spicy inside while crispy at the outside. Yum! Fried calamari and the grilled Italian sausage were nice too.
Pasta came in awesome. To me, the fresh pasta is tricky. It has its unique texture but it's cooked much sooner than the processed pasta. And I have been disappointed by many upscale great review places in Bangkok as they overcooked the fresh pasta. At Opus, the tagliatelle has its best moment with al dente cooked and well-balanced sauce accompanied.
So, with all order of a bottle of water (plastic bottle of Evian- charged for 50 baht), 2 glasses of red, a glass of prosecco, half size tapas platter and the tagliatelle- the price came in around 1900 thb. For me, it's really ok. The three drinks would be almost 1000 already. Definitely, I'd return for bigger crowd to try more of their food next time.
More info of the restaurant: http://www.wbopus.com
(Photos taken from iPhone- so quality may not be best.)