Opera Bombana is the glitzy and convivial sibling to famed restaurant 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong, but planted in the modern Parkview Green development in the east of Beijing. Large sculptural art and towering doors capped with a bowtie welcome diners to the Italian restaurant, with a host waiting by the mirrored podium. Inside is a warm and buzzy environment with stone floors, metallic ceiling fans, a two-story wine storage display, marble bar, and a lounge that pumps out rhythm-and-blues as its background music. Tables in the soft glow of candlelight are spread across the dining room floor, appointed with linen tablecloths and high quality tableware.
In addition to special seasonal menus, such as a black truffle menu, Opera Bombana offers a number of antipasti and soups, pastas and risottos, seafood and meat, and desserts. Highlights include the Lorenzo No. 5 olive oil with a creamy, unctuous quality and hint of bite at the start of the meal, accompanied by a fresh housemade loaf of ciabatta on a wooden plank. Diners are also sent home with gifts of freshly baked breads and pastries, though they may find themselves full after an amuse-bouche, meal, mignardises and post-dinner coffee. Also not to be missed is the excellent wine list, including the house Italian red exclusive to the restaurant group.