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Express yourself at Opus

Thanks to Opus you’ll always have time to go out to lunch and back, without the boss even noticing you left your desk...

Published on February 22nd 2007.


Express yourself at Opus

‘Let’s do lunch’ normally means having to write off most of your afternoon to while a couple of hours away in a restaurant. Sounds great, but it’s not always the most feasible option for busy professional types with little time on their hands – as tempting as it may be.

So what do you do? Take your prospective clients to McDonalds? Grab a sandwich and sit in Albert Square? Why not try Opus in the Printworks, and their brand new Express Menu, which will have you in and out and back to work within an hour.

The Express Menu is available between 11.30am and 5pm, and is cleverly split up into sections according to price, with all items on the menu costing between £1 and £6. Manchester Confidential, being the very important and professional busy bees that we are, went down to put the Express Menu to the test.

The Ink Brasserie at Opus is a smart, chic space with some extremely funky fixtures and fittings (go down and have a look at the chandeliers), and a smart open kitchen.

Sitting down we were greeted by a friendly waitress who handed us the menus and explained to us how it works. Basically you can either choose a few pick and mix dishes, with plenty of lighter dishes for £2 and £3, or take one of the smaller dishes as a starter and a larger one as a main.

For starters we chose the Battered Chicken Fillets with Garlic Mayo (£3), a simple enough dish but very well done here, and Baby Pepper belle filled with feta and pesto (£3), which was delicious – the sweet flesh of the peppers contrasting perfectly with the feta.

There’s plenty of choice of main course, all ranging between £4 and £6. The dishes are typical of a cosmopolitan bistro, with anything from Bangers and Mash to Thai Green Curry available.

We chose the pasta of the week, which this week was the Smoked Salmon Papperdelle in Champagne sauce (£5), and the Steak and Ale pie (£4). But don’t be fooled by the price -both dishes were fantastic, in particular the salmon pasta.

We were seated, served, and full up on two courses within an hour. Theoretically, at that point we should have gone back to the office to get on with our very busy and important days, but we just couldn’t resist the allure of another glass of wine, so our well intended Express Lunch unfortunately turned into more of an afternoon session, through every fault of our own.

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap lunch in very stylish surroundings, and you have enough will power to get yourself back to the office in time, I can’t recommend Opus enough. Located in the Printworks, it’s easily accessible from anywhere in the city centre, and makes a perfect location for a business lunch, a lunchtime date, or even just an afternoon coffee. ‘Doing lunch’ just got so much easier.

Click here to view the Opus Express Menu

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