With something you love, even a brief separation can be painful -- like when American Gladiators goes on hiatus, and you start crying for Justice. If you love fumbling sightlessly for delicious food, you'll tearfully welcome back Opaque
Opaque's just relaunched its dark-dining experience after a summer-long break, trading the old Hollywood Hyatt digs for the west-side environs of Santa Monica (where people dine in sandals even when you can see their feet). Instead of a hotel lobby, you'll saunter into the amphitheater-style V Lounge nightclub, order a cocktail and choose your meal, then head back to a 30-seat, blind-waiter-staffed dining room; striding boldly into the murky back of the club, you'll feel like Blade stalking raving vampires, or Ace Ventura stalking some whale-tracking hacker dweeb. Along with the new space, Opaque's also brought in a new chef, cooking up rotating dishes like wild sockeye salmon w/Thai chili glaze and sweet-jerk seasoning, and filet mignon stuffed w/ sweet roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese; the chef's under contract elsewhere, so his identity's secret (so stop trying to crack it by pawing his face)
Once done with dinner, you're free to bypass the line for the V Lounge's main room -- where gazing upon throngs of nubile UCLA girls, you'll long for a hiatus of blessed, bald-spot-masking blackness.
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