>> Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 19th.
The Greek is still missing. Tonight we have the usual gang minus him.
Opus One is in a building that used to be an old taxi garage before it's opening in the 80's. It has received many accolades as being one of Detroit's best. We have tickets to Cirque de Soleil at the Joe tonight...If we only did enough research to know that Opus One provides shuttle services to events. Schedule this ahead of time, for future reference.
We start the night off with Elk Cove Pinot Noir. Elk Cove has been one of my favorites for years now and I was so pleased that Thad & Lulu had this waiting when I arrived. Our servers tonight are Casta & Brock. Thad can't stop mentioning the fact that Opus One uses REAL silverware. He is right, this is the first restaurant we have been to that uses real silver. Impressive.
We skip apps, and have salads, because the salads on the menu sound amazing, and they were. Scarlet has the tomato salad, which was suprisingly flavorful for the middle of winter.
Lulu has the avocado quinoa salad. This was unique and delicious. I thought about trying to make one at home. Guess what, Lulu, our favorite Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook has a recipe for this! Score!
I have the spinach mango salad, and I am still daydreaming about it. The dressing was just a tad sweet and delicious. The bacon and shavings of parmesan contrasted the sweetness perfectly. I tried to duplicate this since, but I need the dressing recipe!
Thad has a caesar salad, and states it is just "ok". Master P skipped the salad. Spinach Mango pictured below.
On to the Main Course:
Scarlet has the sea bass. We agree it is not as buttery melt-in-your-mouth as Inyo, but it is decent. It is served with basmati (meow) rice and potato crisps that taste just like ruffles:
Master P orders the king crab legs, and they are just fine. What more can you say about crab legs served with lemon wedges and butter?
Thad has the pork Osso Buco, which is one of the house specialities. He is disappointed overall in his meal. He was not impressed with the pork, nor the firecracker apple sauce. The menu also mentions chili oil, which he swears there was none. The sweet potato fries are shavings and difficult to eat.
I have the steak and chevre risotto cakes, which are listed under the petite entrees. Served with a blackberry madeira demi glace and asparagus. I was not thrilled with this dish. The description sounds fabulous, but the result was just eh. The glaze was jammy, but not in a good way, and the risotto was rather bland.
Lulu had probably the best entree of the evening, the Napolean of smoked portobello mushroom. Sorry to all the carnivores out there, of which I have been....I seem to be more and more preferring the vegetarian fare these days. Strange, i'm not doing it on purpose! This was yummy and Lulu enjoyed her entree much.
Desserts! They have a huge display cart of fabulous desserts! You must have dessert! We order one of pretty much everything:
Vanilla cheesecake: Yummy
Molten chocolate cake: Fabulous
Apple flan: This is NOT flan, why are the calling it this? It is more like apple turnover. It was delicious.
Warm banana and white chocolate bread pudding: My favorite!!
The special dessert of the day: Peach cobbler. Overly sweet, but decent.
And for the finale, we ordered 2 Opus One Hummers!
Chambord, Grand Marnier, Creme de Cocoa and french vanilla ice cream blended together in a dark chocolate cup. Note the 3 straws each, for sharing your hummer. In the interest of keeping the blog PG, I will not go into the details of the hummer jokes as Scarlet and I shared a hummer or Master P discussed how much suction it takes to drink the hummer through the straw. Or how Thad tried to break off a piece of the cup and all the hummer prematurely oozed out onto the plate and made a mess.
Total bill: $294 plus tip. This does not include one bottle of Elk Cove at the bar before dinner. The scores average out to about a 4. Thad, who usually scores falsely high, gave Opus a low score...he really was disappointed tonight. I liked the atmosphere, the service was impeccable. The salads and desserts were awesome. A couple of the entrees were not so fabulous, but we are extremely spoiled. On the way out, the lovely hostess gave us free homemade Opus One chocolate chip cookies. Funny, Master P and I both had one, yet I never had a chance to taste it....weird.