Opera Cafe & Lounge: Starhill's sleek destination is an Instagram magnet with dazzling dishes & desserts
March 7, 2023
An external lounge is ideal for people-watching, strikingly designed with flowery accents.
Opera's founder and chairman, Mr. Hazem Naser Alden, and his team have crafted a captivating setting, with friendly flourishes to ensure an enjoyable, exciting experience.
Opera Cafe's kitchen is capable of whipping up a multitude of meals.
Opera Cafe's menu is marvellous for a hearty lunch or dinner - you'll find many Middle Eastern and Western specialities with a twist, including beef, chicken, and kebab main courses; pasta like Chicken Pesto and Prawn Rigatoni; plus brunches inspired by eggs of the world, including Shakshuka, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, and Turkish Breakfast; as well as Soft Shell Crab Tacos, Falafels and the Smokin' and Say Cheese Burger that's crafted with 100% fresh and original Japanese Kagoshima wagyu beef.
For a teatime treat, try the Floral Afternoon Tea Set to share (RM280), an alluring assortment of savoury and sweet canapes, such as smoked salmon, cheese with olives, Turkish delights, baklava with honey and bite-sized cakes. The set includes a choice of coffee or tea, officially available 2pm to 5pm, but the kitchen will aim to accommodate requests at other times too.
The Opera Ice Cream Carnaval (RM90) is a visual thrill - a chocolate sphere hanging over caramelised bananas, strawberry, custard cream and biscuit tuile, topped with two choices of fresh, house-made gelato (vanilla, chocolate, or pistachio).
The Opera Tour (RM180) cycles straight into our hearts with its ensemble of fresh strawberries, soft chocolate brownies, fluffy marshmallows and sugar-powdered churros with a rich milk chocolate dip.
For cake enthusiasts, Opera Cafe is a the destination you desire, with its colourful collection of irresistible indulgences!The Tiramisu (RM50) is the classic coffee-flavoured Italian dessert, served a surprising style, nuanced and well-balanced with a robust espresso base layered with ground beans and cacao.
Other guilty pleasures include the Pistachio Cake (RM40) and Honey Cake (RM40), nutty and nectarous with luscious layers of sponge and cream.
Whole cakes are also available for special celebrations, as well as by the slice, such as the Chocolate Cake and Biscoff Cheesecake. These are addictively crowd-pleasing, not too sweet or cloying.
You also can't go wrong with Macarons - Opera Cafe even has a giant Rose Lychee Macaron, much more massive than usual, featuring notes of raspberry, rose and lychee cream.
For brilliant beverages, lift the lid on the Opera Love Drink (RM75), which debuted here on Valentine’s Day, served in a heart-shaped glass with rose syrup, grenadine syrup, pomegranate and soda.
The Rose Bubble (RM50) is also a beauty, Opera’s potent potion of lemon and lime juice, concocted with mixed berries puree, rose syrup and pomegranate juice, garnished with scented and flavoured smoke bubbles.
The bubbles pop pleasurably with a smoky swirl, created with a Flavour Blaster that lends fruity flavours of grapes or edible flowers.
Opera Cafe takes its coffee seriously too, roasting its own Arabica beans for a bold but balanced blend. It's also among the first in Malaysia to harness the Italian-constructed Black Eagle Maverick espresso machine by Victoria Arduino, which encourages energy efficiency and extraction experimentation, with consistent automated results.
The Syphon (RM60) is spectacular, with brewed coffee that drips into your cup, yielding soft, mellow flavours. Other coffee choices include the Caffé Latte, Cappuccino and Flat White, plus less-common possibilities like the Cortado, Turkish Coffee and Arabic Coffee, while non-coffee drinkers can sip on frappes, lemonades, milkshakes and mocktails.