OPA is an authentic Greek cuisine restaurant owned and operated by Alexx Antaeus and Orlease King. It opened its doors in late November 2013, just off Hope Road, in Kingston. On entering the parking lot, just looking at the plain building save for a statue on the steps of the entrance you would think that nothing special is happening there, that is of course until you open the doors. I was pleasantly surprise by the warmth that radiated throughout the rooms as our hostess took us to our seats. Some money had been clearly invested on the decoration, with a semi enclosed bar to the left of the dining area. The walls painted with warm colors, displayed many article features of the restaurant as well as artistic displays. High enough ceiling with beautiful lighting fixtures and well-spaced tables we pleasant although I could have used more leg room for the small tables. I could not avoid sitting near the water feature used to divide the dining areas which was refreshing to look at as it is to listen to.
The red wine list had bottles ranging from $2,675 to $11,900 with the white wine listing at $2,950 to $6,900 and champagne bottles a whopping $12,500 to $19,500. The wine palate features wines from all over the world including Greece, Italy, France and the USA. Note however, all prices are quoted in US dollars on the menu.
The Greek shrimp sushi and spicy feta roll were easily entree portion size for a starter and too heavily quoted with sesame seed, while the Keftedakia which is Greek styled meatballs baked in caramelized tomato sauce light on the palate, it had the right texture and the sauce wasn’t over powering, it was served with thin and well flavored Pita bread.
The night’s entrée special Yellow-fin tuna pan seared in olive oil and coated with pistachios on a bed of cream sauce, served with served with smashed potatoes with a touch of heat and toasted salad and feta cheese. The Tuna was sufficiently seasoned and cooked to perfection but I could have done without the cloying sauce. Kotsi, slow baked lamb shank infused with lemon, olive oil and garlic served with potato wedges and Julian chopped vegetables were a delight. The meat practically falls of the bone, the lemon was very present in both the lamb and the potatoes which may be a little over kill but delicious none the less because the vegetables contrasted the taste.
Mama’s Mousse a Greek style chocomousse, almonds, Appleton infused biscotti served with mint leaves and cream was a little heavy. The Appleton was absent on the first layer but very present on the second layer which proved a bit much along with the infused bits of biscotti. The Pagoto, a crispy cup of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream, topped with pistachios were the perfect ending to a meal.
The service was excellent, the staff attentive and friendly. Our waitress Brittney was a delight and very verse on the offerings on the menu. I didn’t have to ask for the nights special or wait around too long between meals. The presence of Mr. Antaeus was welcoming as he scurried around to greet his patrons. The bill excluding a bottle of wine, with pre dinner drink averages a rough $6,150 a head. If you share a modest bottle then a typical bill per person might come to around $6,900 which is quite ambitious but expected given the smart location choice catering to upscale clientele.
Price I paid (Party size 2 –Appetizers, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic drink)
Value for money
4 of 5
4 of 5
75 Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica