The Opera House, a new asian fusion restaurant recently opened its doors at a prime location in roslyn heights, long island. The restaurant has been modernized and refurbished from an existing space which had been the home to a number of diverse restaurants in the past 10 years. Mr and Mrs William Wu. the charming new owners are a young couple with a strong hospitality background. Mr.& Mrs Wu personally built and decorated the restaurant with elegant dark woods, exciting lighting, comfortable seating, and beautiful chinese vases, and paintings. A beautiful oriental shadow box wall fixture features a dramatic assortment chinese antiques, dishes and bowls. The charm, and warmth of the Wu's personal touch is also evident throughout the restaurant. Their attention to detail is carried through in the beautiful dishes and stemware presented to each client during the meal.
My first visit to the Opera House was pleasant, and highly enjoyable. Although new, the restaurant is off to a very good start.
In order to sample a broad cross section of the varied cuisine, we were served a tasting menu of small plates.
We started our meal with a plate of delicate mini vegetarian spring rolls, wrapped in rice paper/lightly flash fried. Perfectly served, prepared and beautifully presented on fine china.
This was followed by a large bowl of mildly flavored Miso soup and an assortment of Sushi appetizers consisting of : black pepper tuna tataki -a special pepper seared tuna served with spicy mayo, wasabi, and ponzu sauce. Truffle white tuna, yellowtail jalopena- thinly sliced yellowtail jalopena salsa with yuzu sauce. Three way sashimi- delicately sliced salmon, spicy tuna, and spicy tuna crunch. The sushi and sashimi were fresh and tasty but with room for improvement.
We were then offered a plate of grilled chicken teriyaki -stir fried with baby asian greens with a tasty teriyaki sauce. An accompanying dish of Thai beef fried rice with pineapple basil was not up to standard, as it appeared overcooked and somewhat sticky.
For dessert our hosts suggested tempura ice cream- green tea ice cream in a fried tempura shell. Fun and delicious.
Opera House appears to have an excellent upside potential. as its staff and kitchen are in complete synch. ..
Look for this restaurant to become a north shore favorite for those looking for good family fare at reasonable prices. Although it is in its early growth phase, Opera House made a fine impression on us.
Kudos and best of luck to the Wu's and their exciting new restaurant.
Opera House, 255 Willis Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 tel: 516-484-7456