by Mos D. on
Morimoto is still one of my most memorable meals and favorite restaurants. Unfortunately I wasn't old enough to drink when I went so I didn't get to experience the full fledged Sushi Bar but the experience was amazing none the less. My mother surprised me with dinner here, pictures with Morimoto, autographs, the whole 9 yards. I've been cooking since I was 15 and when I was 5 I told my parents I wanted to be a chef so you can imagine how this place felt to me. The food was amazing. Sea Bass, Urchin, Sashimi Rolls, Oysters, all of it was fresh, flavorful, and beautifully prepared. The highlight though was dessert. A White Chocolate Mousse served in a bird's nest of Phyllo with Blood Orange sauce. Even better this was years before Blood Oranges became a reoccurring craze in fine dining throughout the West Coast. Service was amazing, prices are higher than other choices but they are perfectly aligned with the food. Another great thing about this place is the entire room changes colors so gradually you would never realize it unless someone pointed it out. When we arrived the tables (all interconnected in a way) were green. 15 minutes later they were blue, then purple, red, etc... It's an amazing thing to catch throughout the night but such a gradual change you have to pay attention.
by Lenna Cavalaris on
I know some people that swear by this place, and I don't see eye to eye with them, though I don't know if there is any "club" that I could say that about. The one time I've been to this place, I was hanging out in the VIP getting comped drinks from an acquaintance who had connections. Walking into the place, I thought I was walking into one of those Hollywood cop movies where the detectives make a random stop at a nightclub to investigate the bad guys. It doesn't feel so much like a nightclub, as a Hollywood set portraying one. Now to fit that whole stereotypical "club" scene, you have all the trimmings, the bouncers with clipboards and earpieces out front. The line of people to get in. Inside you have the lights, and thumping beats of a top 40/dance soundtrack. Close your eyes and imagine a club with a balcony, and that's pretty much Opera. Here you get what you pay for, or rather you pay for what you get. Drinks are expensive, (on top of the $20 you've shelled out to get inside). Even a bottle of water is more than some cocktails I've had at decent places. I get the feeling that this is more a place to "be seen" than to go hang out on a weekend. I guess it's the kind of place you would hit if your trying to impress with a date, but If I didn't have the hook up at this place, I wouldn't be back. It's a good place to go once to see what all the fuss is about, then you can decide if it's worth it. I would personally much rather find a comfortable couch, a nice beer and a "chill" environment to have a conversation. But I'm not a clubber so take this review for what it is.
by Allison P. on
I have lots of fun here when I am in the mood for dancing and have lots of energy. If I am looking for a nice, relaxing night out, I steer away from this place. I really want to give this place 3.5 stars, but alas, I can't, so I am rounding up to 4 stars, because the fun times I have had here, have been really fun! And, I think the Beauty Bar is starting to figure a few things out. Like, they desperately need an outside bar, and last I checked, they are setting one up. I find it nearly impossible to get a drink inside when they are busy. I suggest paying with cash, unless you like waiting half an hour to close out your tab. Also, the music. Combinations of super fun dj's and great bands is what keeps me coming back. Oh yeah, and it's pink and glittery. I love it! Be sure to go by during SXSW, balloon animals, free pumas and $1 beer. Oh my!