Review: Friday Evenings at Opus, Birmingham

Opus restaurant on Cornwall Street has a great reputation in the city for its high quality ingredients, sustainability and stylish environment. With the introduction of the new ‘Friday Evenings at Opus’ menu, you can now enjoy the Opus experience for less, with two courses from the market menu and half a bottle of house wine for £25pp after 6pm on Fridays. A couple of weeks ago some local food bloggers and I were invited down to spend our Friday evening at Opus, so read on to find out what you can expect from this great value dining experience.

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Situated on Cornwall Street, Opus is just a five minute walk from New Street, though is far enough out to feel as though you are escaping the busy-ness of town. Inside, the decor is stylish and contemporary, and ties in with the look of both Bar Opus and Cafe Opus. The service was fantastic throughout the evening, and we were also given the chance to visit the kitchen and speak to the head chef, who explained Opus’s passion for seasonal produce, fresh ingredients and sustainability in everything they do.

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The menu certainly reflected this ethos, and there was a whole section for vegetarians. After the fresh bread, I opted for a main and a dessert, but the starters certainly went down well with those that had them. These included a whipped goats cheese, tomato and raddish salad, which was presented beautifully, and tomato soup.

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For my main I went for the fillet of the day boat fish (which was cod), which was served with asparagus, potato, roasted raddish and a wild garlic sauce. This dish was cooked simply yet perfectly, allowing every flavour to come forward and show off the quality of the ingredients. Though cod isn’t famous for its flavour, this fillet was so fresh and tender that it wasn’t overpowered by the stronger components on the plate, and it all tied together wonderfully.

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For dessert I had the peanut and caramel delice with toffee sauce. This was the perfect end to the meal, as though the sweetness was indulgent, the fluffy texture didn’t leave you feeling unpleasantly full. For any peanut fans this dessert is an absolute must, and the generous serving means you won’t be left unsatisfied. Next time, however, I will be opting for the starter instead, as I got the general impression that it is through the savoury dishes that the chefs’ talents are really able to come through.

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Overall, I think we were all in agreement that the ‘Friday Evenings at Opus’ menu is a great way to experience what Opus can do at a great price. There aren’t a lot of places in Birmingham where you can experience a beautiful fine-dining two course meal at such good value, and I would definitely recommend dining at Opus the next time you’re planning how to kick off your weekend! Thank you to Sian and everyone at Opus for having us, I look forward to visiting again soon!

*This meal was complimentary for review purposes. This does not affect my honest opinion.

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