It was a Saturday evening, I’d put in a full day of work, and Richard and I were ready for a great dinner out! We were excited to be headed to Opal, Patrick Owens’ new restaurant in Mt. Pleasant. We’d had a great lunch a while back at his restaurant called Langdon’s and we were h-u-n-gr-y, so we were thrilled to check this place out.
Let me start by saying this – the food and service were wonderful. We were promptly seated in the very attractive space, a wonderful shiraz was soon gracing out table, and throughout our service could not be beat. I was quite pleased and impressed by our server, who could not have done a better job. In addition, our food was wonderful from start to finish. Richard started with the spicy local shrimp bruschetta with chiles and garlic. I’m not even a shrimp fan, but his dish looked awfully tempting to me (and he said it was perfectly seasoned). My Salad of Local Herbs and Lettuces with Fresh Ricotta, Tomatoes and Tarragon Grapefruit Vinaigrette was truly one of the best salads I’ve ever had, and beautifully presented. Yum! Our appetizers/salads were accompanied by excellent bread (from the always-fantastic Normany Farms Bakery? Don’t know for sure, but that’s my guess). For entrees, Richard had the Sliced Ribeye with Whipped Potatoes Au Gratin and Haricots Verts. It was beautifully presented, and Richard said it tasted great. I had the Spinach and Truffle Gnudi with Crispy Coppa. OMG – this was a wonderful pasta dish! It was wonderfully seasoned, and relished every bite. Richard was too full for dessert, but I had the flourless chocolate cake with ice cream. While good, I was underwhelmed by the portion size.
While the food and service at Opal were quite good, I do have one suggested area of improvement for Opal. We arrived for our 5pm reservatation to a completely empty restaurant, and we were offered a small banquette table. When I requested either a booth or a larger table, I was told no. The hostess did indicate that she would try not to sit anyone else beside us (and this was honored). However, a few minutes later a party of two was seated at a table, and soon after that another party of two seated at a booth. During our time at Opal, I watched as multiple parties of two were seated at booths and at the non-banquette larger tables. When we left at about 6:30pm, I saw that many larger non-banquette tables and booths had gone completely unused during the time we were there and remained empty. Granted, Richard was perfectly fine with the table we had. But I was not. So – food and service were quite good, but I would have really loved it if we’d been offered a different seating choice.