67 Jalan Bangkung Bukit Bandaraya,
Business hours: Monday to Sunday,
noon-3.00pm (lunch) and (6.00pm-midnight)
Note: Lunch will not be served on Sundays and public holidays.
TUCKED in a quieter side of Bangsar, in Jalan Bangkung is an Italian restaurant that has entered its 10th year of serving up good food and wine.
Opus Bistro started out as just a hobby for a group of friends who shared a similar passion for great wine. The success of their pioneer restaurant led them to open four other sister restaurants, all located along the same stretch.
The friends had everything going for them even before becoming successful business partners. Five of them are pursuing careers in law, one is involved in a family business while another is in the engineering field.
Edward Soo said 10 years ago, the row of shoplots were somewhat lonely with many unoccupied units and not much activity.
“However one of the units was a wine bar that served good wine which was our hangout spot. It occurred to us at one point that there was a demand for good wines, so we decided to set up a restaurant that served good food and wine,” he said, adding that the rest was history.
The restaurant was recently spruced up with new flooring, upholstery and minor upgrading to create a more conducive environment for diners.
The ambience with soft music, dim lights coupled with the earthy feel of the decor gave it a cosy atmosphere.
Some new items have also been added to the menu to mark its 10th anniversary like the new topping of cheesy smoked duck for the Bruschetta Platter (RM28) which makes a great starter. Customers can choose three different toppings from the six options available.
The soup called “Best Cream of Mushroom” (RM22) freshly made with button mushroom, portobello mushroom and dried porcini. It was very comforting but not as creamy as I expected it to be based on its name. Nevertheless I enjoyed it for its smoothness on my palate.
Italian food is never complete without pasta and the all new Linguini Prawn with Sundried Tomato Pesto priced at RM22 (primi) and RM36 (secondi) was also a delight,
One of the famous main dishes here is the Grilled Lamb Cutlet (RM68) which comes with a choice of either rosemary red wine sauce or mint sauce, served with roasted rosemary, garlic potatoes and steamed vegetable. Each dish comes with three generous succulent cutlets grilled to perfection.
According to Soo, Roasted Cod (RM58) is the all-time favourite and a must-try. It comes with a choice of either lemon caper sauce or white wine kalamata sauce, served with steamed vegetables. He suggested that I try the white wine sauce as it complements the fish better.
It is understandable why this dish is so famous. The perfectly roasted cod was a slight crisp on the outside and I presume the lighter white wine did not overpower but balanced well with the fish, thus enhancing its overall flavour.
In conjunction with Opus Bistro’s 10th year, customers can enjoy 10% off their total bill, and RM10 deals for selected desserts and house wines, from April 10 to May 10.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not endorsed by StarMetro.