~Review by Chuck Bradley
The long awaited opening of Orupa has arrived!
Today she who must be obeyed and I sallied forth to lunch here. It’s brand new, crisp and clean in what might be termed minimalist/modern décor. The color scheme is warm earth tones and black. Comfortable booths line the walls and windows and four chair table settings reside in the interior. The ceiling, as seems to be fashionable today, was exposed I-beams and duct work painted a flat brown color. All very relaxing and inviting!
They were heavily overstaffed with a bartender, hostess and five servers, but it was early. Their lunch menu was a bit abbreviated, but I soon realized their focus is on quality in what they prepare and not quantity of offerings. They have a full bar and what, at a distance, looked like an extensive wine selection.
My bride ordered Vegetable Soup and Chicken Caesar Salad. Her soup was delicious with a large dollop of stringy Mozzarella cheese. Her salad was also very good and had a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar Dressing which gave it a nice visual effect as well as flavor punch. I had their Chicken Bleu Pizza! Sounds a little weird? Au contraire! I’m usually a thin, New York Crust kind of guy, but this was so wonderful, I have not a disparaging word for the semi-thick crust. The chicken was nestled in a gooey bed of melted blue cheese, herbs and spices and maybe a little mozzarella mixed in. Heaven on a board!
As most know, these are the wonderful folks who brought us gustatory delights at the Old Europe Inn for more than a quarter century. When the word gets out, I predict, this place will be one of the Cherry City’s most popular spots!
11am to 9pm daily. Fri. & Sat. until 10pm.
Bar serves daily happy hours & is open till 11pm,
Fri. and Sat. till 12am and Sunday till 9pm
500 Liberty Street
Salem, OR, 97301