Opal – Opening Soon
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the details of Josue Lopez’s signature restaurant at Emporium Hotel South Bank – and now we can finally breathe again. Josue has revealed that Opal will open in early August, its name a nod to the contemporary Australian approach the restaurant will take, the uniqueness of our national gemstone reflecting the inventive dishes to feature on the menu. Similar to his award-winning approach at GOMA Restaurant, Josue will celebrate native ingredients through innovative cooking, with the restaurant offering express degustation and a la carte experiences for lunch, and dinner on select nights during the week. Josue has become renowned for the stories behind each dish he creates and the menu at Opal will be no different. The seafood-centric Minnjeribah, for example, will focus on Moreton Bay’s ecology, plated on a handmade ceramic inspired by the shoreline, while the Fire of the Desert dessert will reflect on the indigenous translation of opal, presenting a physical interpretation of the multifaceted stone.