If you’re looking for a dinner destination for a group of red-blooded males, Opus One in Surin might just be the place.
The restaurant is well-known for its ‘Cowboy Steak’, a monster 1.2 kilogramme Australian Wagyu steak served with baked potatoes, vegetables, bearnaise sauce and red wine jus. Priced at a mere B3,500, the gargantuan steak meal is designed to be shared between three to four people.
According to General Manager Ben De Bellis, “The guys love it, they just go for it every time.”
The restaurant, situated on the third floor of Surin Plaza, began life as a French bistro but has now been redesigned with a more varied concept, now serving a mix of Asian, European and global dishes.
Besides the ‘Cowboy’, there are several stand out dishes on the menu says Chef Christoph Lindner. The tuna tartar, served with fried wonton noodles, soy sauce, ginger coriander
and sesame seeds (B290) is a popular order, as is the Pacific black cod poached in concentrated miso soup (B780).
Resident on the island for five years, Chef Christoph has worked at Opus One since March last year. Aged just 29, the impressive talent has already spent six years as an executive chef.
Trained in France, he admits to loving the high pressure environment that comes from working in a kitchen, and lists fish as his favourite type of cuisine. “There’s lots of variety, and it’s [very] delicate.”
His main motto in the kitchen is to keep the food simple, and not too technical: “Keep the quality, and don’t try to manipulate it too much.”
Opus One Restaurant & Bar, 3/F, The Plaza Surin, 076 386 562; opusonephuket.com