Opa, Bar and Cafe, at Peninsula Grand, Arabic vibes
Opa is a rooftop restaurant at Peninsula Grand, Sakinaka. This Arabic themed place is divided into 2 sections, one is a calm and soothing where you can sit and have a quality time with near and dear ones.
The other section is totally lively, contemporary and eclectic with colorful and neon lights. The vibes here are electrifying with a pop of colors everywhere. There are cozy couches, Arabic themed sofas with alluring lanterns which simply adds to the beauty of this place.
To add to the feel, every Thursday they play live Sufi nights. I mean my evenings are sorted, as this is everything I look for my perfect kinda evening.
They have a fully loaded bar section and have some stunning concoctions of cocktails that are mind-blowing. They are on the expensive side, but worth having it.
The staff here were very courteous, kind and well presented. They guided us to the tables, also suggested us drinks and dishes as per our liking and preferences.
Coming to the food, they mainly serve middle eastern cuisine that goes with the theme, along with some Italian and Continental food. This is what we had ordered:-
Cold mezze platter:-
This platter had a combination of regular and olive hummus, muhammara, baba ghanoush, and labneh. It was served with pickled vegetables, warm pita bread, and lavash. It was an excellent platter, the portion size was huge and all the flavors were just perfect. Totally loved this and will recommend it.
This is a Turkish flatbread topped with roasted bell peppers and feta cheese. It is similar to pizza but it has its own flavors. We really enjoyed this while engrossing in the lively vibes of that place.
By now we were really stuffed so simply decided to go with one main dish,
Veg Arabic Kabsa Rice, which was so delicious. Saffron rice served with Arabic spiced vegetables, labneh, daqoos, and pickle. Daqoos is basically tomato sauce with Arabic flavors and is usually served with rice dishes in the Arab countries. Overall, this one-pot dish was a perfect way to end our Arabic meal here. A must dish to order here as its something unique and very authentic.
Finally, we ended our meal with a sweet note and after looking for an eggless option, we decided to go with Chocolate ganache with salted caramel mousse. It was just amazing, not too sweet, and the salty caramel just balanced the flavors in the mouth, The texture of the mousse was soft and airy. I would say a very yummy dessert. We also wanted to try Baklava, but it was no available. Well, until the next time then!!
Overall, enjoyed the food and drinks here. The service was at its best and the ambiance just won my heart. Surely visiting it very soon.