Op­u­lent Opera

The newly opened Opera Mon­gio in Bali of­fers more than just a din­ing des­ti­na­tion.

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From the minds of Anas­ta­sia Myas­nikova and Mario Frisini – a com­bi­na­tion of restau­ra­teur, pho­tog­ra­pher, fur­ni­ture maker, in­te­rior de­signer and aes­thetes, comes Opera Mon­gio, the lat­est chic din­ing des­ti­na­tion in Bali. This fu­sion of in­ter­ests makes Opera Mon­gio more than just a restau­rant, as the venue also show­cases Anas­ta­sia's pen­chant for artistry. The in­te­rior is a com­bi­na­tion of fur­nish­ings from Mario's fam­ily homes in Rome and Puglia, Italy and the works of Anas­ta­sia her­self.

Serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner, Opera Mon­gio of­fers Mediter­ranean- in­spired hearty dishes that are hard to re­sist. The team brings re­fined home­style fi­nesse and Opera Mon­gio's own twists to el­e­vate clas­sic French and Ital­ian fare. In­trigu­ing del­i­ca­cies worth tast­ing in­clude the dry-aged Ba­li­nese braised duck with orange sauce, roasted quail in grapes and wine and lo­cally caught mahi mahi fish with lush mâitre d'ho­tel but­ter sauce.

Mean­while, on the com­fort food front, Opera Mon­gio of­fers quite a pizza se­lec­tion, from the tra­di­tional to ones with in­spir­ing twists, like the pork and mus­tard pizza.

The pasta dishes are hand-crafted – made to per­fec­tion in terms of flavours and hearti­ness, and the desserts are gor­geously home-made and gen­er­ous in size.

Anas­ta­sia's pas­sion for cook­ing makes her very par­tic­u­lar in sourc­ing her in­gre­di­ents. The fresh fish are hand-picked daily, the prawns for the Cae­sar salad are wild­caught, the salami is made lo­cally with no ad­di­tives, the pro­sciutto is im­ported from Italy and the oys­ters come from Ku­pang and are served with four dif­fer­ent shots. Top­ping it all off are the best French but­ter and finest ex­tra vir­gin olive oil to cook.

The bev­er­age se­lec­tion at Opera Mon­gio is just as im­pres­sive. Metic­u­lously con­cocted and unique cock­tails are on of­fer, and wines from France, Italy and Spain are avail­able. But while in a Mediter­ranean mood, why not opt for the home­made old­style liquors, like limon­cello, min­cino and amaretto? Opera Mon­gio sees a charm­ing vin­tage art-deco hand-graved teak wooden bar with hand-crafted leather bar stools, with screen­ings of old silent Char­lie Chap­lin movies, trans­port­ing cus­tomers back in time while en­joy­ing the tast­ing tray of home-made liquors.

Opera Mon­gio is all about sto­ry­telling. Guests can ac­tu­ally read about the ori­gin of the name Opera Mon­gio, trac­ing back to Mario's fam­ily, in a 1970s news­pa­per ar­ti­cle fea­tured on the re­stroom wall. A thought-pro­vok­ing gallery of fam­ily his­tory, Opera Mon­gio is where old sto­ries are shared and new sto­ries are made, all over fan­tas­tic food and great com­pany.

Opera Mon­gio

Jalan Pan­tai Ber­awa No. 29, Canggu Bali 80361, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 81337597206 E: info@op­er­a­mon­gio.com op­er­a­mon­gio.com

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