Opaline's is the new boozy downtown brunch restaurant from AdaZoe and Eric Rose, the team behind the Tryst bar, opened March 2016 on Ankeny Alley. Located next door to Tryst, it takes over the old game room inside the the former Berbati's nightclub. Opaline's a beauty, thanks to the loving attention given to preserving the historic venue (see the photo gallery above).
"Being friends with the family that started Berbati's, we were honored to have been accepted for consideration by the owner," Rose tells Eater. "We jumped at the opportunity to keep it Old Portland. We hear wonderful memories from customers. It means a lot to us."
Breakfast cocktails are clearly going to be central to Opaline's. AdaZoe brings 20 years of experience in the Portland bartending world, having worked at Bluehour, Departure, Conquistador, Colosso, and more. The cocktail menu (below) is a full two pages of coffee drinks, bloody marys, mimosa variants, champagne cocktails, and more.
As at next-door Tryst, chef Ryan Hunter is running the kitchen, and he's unveiled more of his comfort-food style in the menu below. Opaline's says it'll serve French-inspired plates like brioche french toast, Eggs in Hell, and biscuits and gravy, with choice of red-eye, chicken, or mushroom gravy.
Opaline's is now open at 221 SW Ankeny St. It operates Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is also available for private bookings.