Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OPUS Prime Steakhouse

OPUS Prime Steakhouse is of the Old World decor style, large oversized rod iron doors, dark wood furniture, amber glass lighting. It's over-the-top yet beautiful in its own big way. OPUS is definitely a special occasion restaurant, the food is fantastic, but its pricey.  So file OPUS on your list of places to try when you have something great to celebrate - like say your anniversary...   

First up: Crispy Calamari
I do not say this lightly when I say hands down, the best calamari I can remember eating. The breading was light and crispy, the calamari was cooked perfectly and somehow it wasn't heavy or greasy at all. The dipping sauce was OPUS' take on a traditional marinara-style sauce. It was fresh, flavorful and delicious!
The Calamari earns: 10/10 Stars!

Salad Course: Opus Prime Signature Salad
The "Signature" Salad definitely missed the mark. Mixed Greens, Red Pepper, Olives, Grape Tomatoes, Bacon, Croutons, and Blue Cheese with your choice of house made dressing. First of all, when I'm at a restaurant of this caliber, when I see olives, I assume I'm getting good Kalamata, Spanish or other "good" olives not what the "Signature" contained...canned black olives. Don't get me wrong, I like olives but those olives don't belong on any "Signature" salad. On top of bad olives, the bacon was mushy and flavorless, and the house made dressing was thick and bland. I absolutely would not recommend this salad.
The Signature Salad earns 1/10 Stars

The Main Course: Colorado Rack of Lamb, Atlantic Salmon and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
The Rack of Lamb was served with a peppercorn demi-glaze. The Lamb was a beautiful Medium-Rare+ absolute perfection, tender, juicy perfection and the demi-glaze was just right - which is saying a lot for me, a no sauce kind of girl.
The Rack of Lamb Earns  9/10 Stars
(please forgive the phone quality photo - it was much prettier than it looks)
The Atlantic Salmon was served with Jumbo Lump Crab and a Burre Blanc Sauce. The Salmon was flakey, the Crab was jumbo and succulent and the Burre Blanc was nice. This dish was everything that makes a good Salmon dish.
The Salmon Earns 8/10 Stars
And of course we can't forget the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes...Skin on, extra creamy, just the way I like them. 
The Mashed Potatoes Earn 9/10 Stars

The Report Card for Opus Prime Steakhouse:
Service       7/10
Ambiance   8/10
Food          8/10
Overall        8/10

If you have a special occasion to celebrate I'd recommend OPUS Prime if your willing to splurge for said special occasion. 

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