Restaurant Review: Opera Grill Chester

Last I was invited to go and try out a new restaurant called *Opera Grill which has recently opened in the, soon to be known, dining quarter of Chester. I posted about the opening a few weeks a go (HERE) and was extremely excited to go and visit the restaurant myself as I walk past it everyday to get to work and I have seen the building being renovated for quite some time.

Opera Grill is part of the Individual Restaurant Group who are are one of the UK’s leading restaurant companies, responsible for a collection of amazing restaurants including Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Bank Restaurant & Bar and Gino D’Acampo My Restaurants.

The building is very special looking from the outside and this grand exterior continues through into the interior too.

We were welcomed by the friendly staff who were all extremely well presented and we were told we would be sitting in The Terrace which is usually an open roof space with glass from floor to ceiling. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side so the roof was closed, however this did not spoil our experience at all. I can imagine it being a beautiful space to sit, eat and drink on a sunny day!

Our waitress was called Steph and she was perfect from the moment we sat down to the moment we left, she was very professional, attentive and friendly too (there was another gentleman who also served us however I didn't catch his name but he was equally friendly).

The food.....where to start. The menu is made up of a mixture of starters, small plates and mains. Steph offered to talk us through what was on offer, however I had pre-read the menu and had pretty much already decided what we wanted. I wanted steak, good quality steak and that I definitely got! One small criticism for us was that the menu did not have many options at all for vegetarians. Luckily the person I was with has recently started eating fish so we were OK as there was lots of fish on the menu, however if we were in a larger group and someone was a vegetarian we probably wouldn't pick to eat here because of this.

To start we were offered a bowl of the most succulent and tasty olives I have ever tasted, along with our drinks. We decided to try out some mocktails (a mojito and a raspberry puree and passion fruit beret) which were deliciously refreshing and they tasted just like an alcoholic cocktail, minus the getting tipsy and potential headache the next day.

To start we had - Charcoal Grilled Asparagus served with a poached egg and truffle butter (£8.00) and Tempura Tiger Prawns served with a soy dip (£9.00) which were both very delicious and the perfect size for a starter. Both plates were well presented, well seasoned and very flavourful.

The main courses came shortly after our table had been cleared, not too soon, which was good, giving us time to digest the starters, but we were definitely not waiting a long time for our main courses. I could not wait to try the Aberdeen Angus Fillet Steak served with chips and peppercorn sauce (£27.50) and we also ordered the Black Cod served with a pickle relish (£25.00).

Both plates were presented to us beautifully arranged and with a smile, which, as we all know goes a long way. The fillet steak was cooked to perfection (medium rare) and did not have a single bit of fat in it at all, which is my idea of heaven being a meat lover and steak connoisseur, slight exaggeration, however I know a good steak when I taste one! The triple cooked chips, which we both had, tasted just like crispy roast potatoes, what more could you want from a chip?!

Most of the dishes at Opera Grill come with side orders however not all of them do so you may want to order some more, which we did, Charred Broccoli (£4.00) and Quinoa Salad (£4.00) which were refreshing changes for your standard side orders you see in most restaurants.

After all of this delicious food I was completely stuffed, but, as we felt comfortable, not rushed and the atmosphere was relaxed we decided to stay for a desert each, Creme Brûlée (£6.50) and a bowl of Salted Caramel Ice Cream (£5.50), then we decide to go one step further and finish the evening with a coffee which was served with homemade honeycomb, I could not fit another single morsel in my mouth after this feast.

The building and surroundings are perfect for a romantic meal, a family get together, a special treat or any form of celebration. The restaurant is contemporary and comfortable, the staff are very attentive without being too in your face and extremely professional. The prices were more than I would usually pay for an evening meal however for special occasions, Opera Grill is ideal. 

You get what you pay for when it comes to eating out. You pay for, not only the food, but for the atmosphere and service which Opera Grill has in spades! I hope the restaurant continues to grow in popularity and have a long and successful future in Chester.

If you are looking for all of the above then this is the place to be!

Thank you for inviting us, and looking after us Opera Grill team (and a special thanks, again, to Steph). 



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