A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's burning wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a five-course dining experience for two at Opus Restaurant in Littleton (a $150 value). The five-course meal includes:
- Two orders of asparagus flan with tempura asparagus and aged balsamic
- Two summer-melon salads with Spanish sheep's-milk cheese and shaved fennel
- Two orders of butter-poached salmon with carnaroli risotto and summer vegetables
- Two orders of sous-vide redbird chicken with warm tomato and parmigiano-reggiano pasta
- Two orders of crème brûlée with vanilla-bean berries and a cookie box
Head chef Sean McGaughey populates a five-course menu with seasonal, scrumptious new American cuisine, which has garnered Opus Restaurant a ranking as one of Denver's top 25 restaurants by 5280 magazine. Pre-meal palates prepare for gourmet courses by ditching preconceived tastes and mouthfuls of marbles for small amuse-bouches, compliments of the chef. For the first course, earthy asparagus flan dons a crisp scarf of tempura asparagus beneath a shower of aged balsamic vinegar. Next, a sweet summer-melon salad garnished with Spanish sheep's-milk cheese and shaved fennel makes incisors swoon before feasting on butter-poached salmon nestled atop carnaroli risotto and seasonal veggies. Course four intoxicates twosomes with the sous-vide flavors of tender redbird chicken and parmigiano-reggiano pasta and plays precursor to the sweet crème brûlée, which, like an edible peace treaty, caps off the culinary crusade. Each seasonal selection can be altered for herbivores or gluten dodgers, ensuring diners of every diet can savor the chef's creations.
Opus's soothing dining room bathes diners in the relaxing glow of ceiling lamps entwined with wrought-iron vines that grew from wrought-iron trees. Against the backdrop of stone masonry and earth-toned walls, rich burgundy curtains accent oversize storefront windows, which proffer charming views of the quaint neighborhood outside.
2575 W Main St.
Littleton, Colorado 80120