Having seen and heard the hype about this new, super-posh, catch-inspired addition to the Pearl, I made reservations for myself and my entire family for my sister’s graduation dinner. Had I realized that this dinner was the same night as the Starlight Parade I may have chosen a restaurant on the other side of town all together, and would have missed out on this inventively fresh and appealing dining experience.
Sea Bass Tartare.
I did not have the most adventurous eaters with me, however everyone at the table was a sushi fan, and therefore willing to sample every single thing on the raw menu. The Salmon Tartare, the Sea Bass Tartare, and the Salmon Carpaccio were bright, fresh, and we pretty much licked the plates.
I did not sample the oysters, but they looked delicious and did not go to waste.
My vegetarian sister ordered these salt-cured, grilled prawns and did not expect them to come with their heads on. She freaked out, it was just a minor scene, no big deal. She ate asparagus, potatoes and brussels off the side menu and seemed fine. I am kind of a mean sister for making reservations at a meat-dominated venue, but whatever, all the upscale restaurants are meat-centric. It’s just the way it is.
My Steelhead Salmon with crispy skin. I ate it, skin and all. It was decadent.
Half an Herb-Roasted Chicken.
Several people had the chicken, and I didn’t hear any complaining. It was pretty salty though, so I have to say my salmon was better.
All in all, the service was fabulous and our server was very attentive. The drinks were good, except they use a GIANT ice cube the size of your glass which seems to reduce drink volume by a considerable amount. I appreciate the aesthetics though.
- Parking sucks, so account for that if you have a reservation.
- Don’t take a vegetarian.
- Order everything. It’s all good.