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May 19, 2010

Special Dish: Not Just the Grill Next Door

Small town homecoming queen, she’s the star in this scene, there’s no way to deny she’s lovely. . . but after a while you might be looking for something a little more rare, alluring and exotic to spark your fantasies and keep you coming back for more. Enter Opus Grill, Hong Kong’s newest glamorously seductive and stunningly sublime boutique steak restaurant, wine bar and lounge, which soft-opened last Friday. She’s all dressed up and styled to delicious perfection, and ready to take you for a night on the town. . .

First stop, the Opus Grill’s glittering bar and lounge area, filled with warm golden touches, crackled shimmering glass accents and plush camel-coloured banquettes. Indulge in classic Clover Club cocktails at the bar or get cosy with a few glasses of bubbly in the luxe car corner as throwback jazz tunes whisk you back to decadent times gone by. Looking for a special bottle of wine to ensure this is a night to remember? Renowned sommelier, Mark Bailey, is at your service. After being plucked from The Botanical in Melbourne late last year, Mark began combing the private cellars of Europe, befriending even the most reclusive of boutique Australian producers, and mining the gems of American wine country to create one of Hong Kong’s most thought-provoking wine cellars, an attractively priced list with many rare bottles and unique half-bottles, an extensive Burgundy collection and an unparalleled selection of Australian vintages, not available elsewhere in Hong Kong.

Next, it’s time to slip into something more comfortable in the charming, classically elegant grill room. The ambience is suffused with warm earth tones and luxurious textures of cork, copper, pony hair and leather, while the walls are adorned with rare art and photography, which capture the restaurant’s unique vision and joie de vivre. A “ladies who lunch” section features a black and white photograph of Brigitte Bardot in her boudoir, an adjacent wall holds a classic Patrick Lichfield photo of Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding in St. Tropez and a series of limited edition Ida & Javelle images using food as the landscape for life dot the dining room. The star power player of this restaurant’s art collection is undoubtedly the original Picasso, entitled “Le Dessert”, which presides over the restaurant, inspiring decadence in the meal to come.

And this is exactly what you’ll find in a menu created with dedication to “only the best of everything” importing directly from the world’s most exclusive boutique producers of USDA super-prime and Wagyu beef from the US and Australia, to bring you a steak experience that is simply without parallel in Hong Kong. The unique marbling of a rare 40-day dry-aged Flannery New York Strip, available exclusively at Opus Grill, or rich flavour of a 600-day grain fed David Blackmore Australian Wagyu, can be perfectly matched with a glorious Burgundy to take your taste-buds on a sublime ride to remember. Signature appetizers like the “5 Elements” Prawn Cocktail, Dungeness “Crabcake” topped with crispy fried mayonnaise or Hand-Cut Beef Tartare with green olive dressing, sweet potato matchsticks and homemade bread & butter pickles promise to whet your appetite for indulgence. And sides, including four distinct variants on classic Mac n’ Cheese, take this meal to a whole new level of sumptuous delight. If Picasso calls for dessert, who are you to deny his wishes? Brandy Raisin ‘Semi-Freddo’ with Cashew Nougatine paired with a glass of fine Sauternes from the cellar ensure this date is one you’ll never forget.

If you’ve been sticking with the grill next door your whole life, get ready for an eye-opening, mind-blowing experience. Opus Grill always aims to please and never fails to deliver!

Opus Grill
7/F, LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2526 2366

**Fortune Cookie**: Especially for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, from now until June 1st, book lunch or dinner at Opus Grill and receive a complimentary signature Frozen Margarita at the bar. Just mention “Dim Sum” upon arrival.

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