What You'll Get
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Light brilliant fireworks of Chinese-food flavor in your mouth with this Groupon: $25 for $50 worth cuisine at Opera restaurant. Gayot’s cookery connoisseurs say to expect an “ongoing display of food fireworks” from the Asian-experienced chef who trained under Jackie Shen at Red Light.
Since the number of actual head explosions caused by flavor is a single-digit figure, it’s probably safe to dive into Opera’s menu of stylized Chinese fare. The options include Maine lobster spring rolls, lemongrass pork lollipops, and ginger mussels for starters ($7 to $14), and Cantonese white fish filet, black tiger prawn Singapore noodles, and Peking duck service for entrees ($21 to $32). Use two Groupons per table if there are four or more in your party. The food was rated Chicago’s best Chinese by AOL CityGuide in 2007.
Service is friendly and professional at Opera, which might be the swankiest restaurant in the South Loop. It’s housed in an old film warehouse, and the old film storage vaults have been converted into intimate dining enclaves so you can dine in a cubby hole that might have once housed a print of The Amazing Colossal Man; call in advance to reserve one. It’s got the atmosphere of a bustling Chinese marketplace with blasts of vibrant neon colors, oversized suspended lamps, and Asian newspaper collages; its vibe is Blade Runner, minus the existential noir but with a stylish dining experience.
Opera was featured in the the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Reader, Gayot, and more: > * …the whole concept rings a bell: stylized Asian food with powerful flavors served in an over-the-top space. The food, executed by Kendall College grad Erica Fisher, is part whimsical, part serious, and mostly enjoyable. – Chicago Reader > * Fans of Red Light in general, and the whole fried catfish served there, will enjoy Opera’s whole red snapper treatment, which got a “Hunan crisp” and a black mushroom sauce. On top of that, the waiter got the flesh off the bones without looking like a dropout from medical school. – Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun Times > * Asian gets a spin around the block in this interesting, culinary-enlightened restaurant on South Wabash…The ambitious menu sparkles with variety. – Gayot
Citysearchers and Yelpers give Opera an average 3.5 stars: > * Service is solid. Everyone is professional and gracious, which I always appreciate. – Cindy K., Yelp > * The food was well-balanced and flavorful, and we’re STILL talking about the mussels! – Michael C., Yelp > * Clearly, one of the best decors in Chicago. Great colors, great structure, very cozy and original. The service is great. Very polite. Not overbearing. – badjuju, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 17, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per customer. May use 2 Groupons per table if 4 or more in party. Can also be applied to prix fixe menus. Not valid with other offers. Reservations recommended Fri.–Sat. Not valid NYE or Valentine's Day. Tax and tip not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.