Opa, located on the rooftop of the Peninsula Grand hotel in Sakinaka, in my opinion is a place of stark contrasts, while it has one of the most beautiful ambiance, the service does not match its standards. Similarly with the food, while some dishes are exceptional, other are not up to the mark.
This restaurant has two sections, one is more of a pub while the other is for fine dining. My review is based on their fine dine section.
I visited this place for the first time a couple of nights ago, and at first sight itself, you are lost in its breathtaking ambiance. We started off with a Pinacolada and a Ferrero Rocher Shake, both of which were decent but the shake could have been better.
For starters we tried their Shrimp fried in Arak, Harissa Fish Cakes, Chicken Kibbeh with Cilantro foam and my all time favorite, Chicken Shawarma candy which was served interestingly in tiny rolls and wrapped up like candy.
We also tried their Brie fritters with Jalapeno Sauce which just perfect and was my favorite dish of the day and Lamb Donor Kebab which was served on flat bread along with Garlic Aioli Fries and Pickled Vegetables.
For mains we ordered a Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes and Tabbouleh Salad and a Pan Fried Red Snapper with Capers. Speaking about contrasts, the lamb shank was cooked in a coffee based sauce which I didn’t like at all, but the mashed potatoes served along with it was the best I have ever had, amazingly flavored with butter and herbs. The Pan Fried Snapper was quite a nice dish too, perfectly flavored and would definitely recommend trying it out if you are a seafood lover.
We cooled it down with a glass of Bois Blanc, which is a blend of Pineapple, Watermelon, Orange, Grenadine juices topped of with Sweetened Soda and some refreshing Peach Ice Tea.
For desserts we ordered their staff recommended Traditional Baklava Cake and their Espresso Fudge with Hazelnut Ice cream. The Baklava cake was packed with flavor and the Hazelnut Ice Cream was amazing, the Espresso fudge however failed to impress as it tasted more or less like chocolate cake.
Pros : Amazing ambiance, few dishes are worth trying out.
Cons : Poor service and management, few dishes are not worth the price tag.
P.s : My first encounter here was with their receptionist/bouncer who just seemed too arrogant to show us a table. Maybe I would expect this from a night club but not from a fine dine. I strongly believe that if these critics are taken positively, this place has amazing potential to be one of the best restaurants in Mumbai with just a few fixes.
Location : Rooftop, Peninsula Grand Hotel, Opposite Sakinaka Metro Station.
Cuisine : Lebanese and European.
Cost for 2 : Rs.3000 (approx)