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I went with a friend last week for evening dinner and it was a pleasant experience. It was always somewhere I did want to tick off but definitely wasn't top on my list. We were greeted by a lovely host on a wintery, wet evening...who kindly showed us to our table and took our coats. The service was prompt and attentive if a little stuffy and old fashioned.
A good menu that read well and was complimentary to the time of year, we both started with the octopus. This was a good dish with strong flavours and presented nicely, I would have liked the dish to have been slightly warmer but otherwise an uncomplicated plate of food. Mains of venison was cooked nicely and served with some winter veg, again a nice dish of food but not a knock out of the park. Dessert of a chocolate pie was pleasant if a little small for the price.
We went for a nice bottle of red and a few drinks from a comprehensive wine list with our meal. Overall a pleasant experience that I imagine appeals to an older clientele who have been frequenting it for years and are adverse to change or anything risky. It would be a good spot to bring parents who like a treatMore
Thank you Kirsten for seating us in one of the private dining areas - They are amazing & unique!
Thank you Sabrina for simply doing an amazing job looking after us and being so attentive! Well Done.
Right, the food! I do not like fish...and my wife is allergic to Scallops so we were reluctant to order the Tasting Menu but Sabrina was very accommodating and we ended up having not just amazing (looking, smelling, flavour-some) dishes but enjoying fantastic service.
Seriously the food is amazing here!
Thank you again, we will be back!More
We visited Pearl Brasserie during our stay in The Merrion Hotel at the end of our mini-moon after our wedding in November 2019, and the staff did not disappoint and truly made our dinner memorable and special. We were seated in one of the private...booths, which was a delight in itself. The vegetarian menu was delicious, and my husband also enjoyed the non-vegetarian options immensely. The cocktails were particularly fabulous and moreish, and the wine list is a veritable tome. A wonderful place to celebrate a special ocassion.More
We selected the Fine Wine Pairing with the Surprise 6 course tasting menu.
Quite a surprise it was too. It even included the special of the evening, a Gnocchi, and a couple of dishes from the regular menu. Hmmm.
(1) Lets begin Food. 7/10 Wine...| 10/10
A wonderful tuna dish with avocado mousse. The mousse was over chilled but apart form that a really nice dish. A stunning wine pairing with 100% Viognier.
(2) And now it goes downhill. Food 4/10 | Wine 10/10
The Gnocchi was a starchy, mushroomy truffle mess. Very Heavy, inelegant and in search of balance - maybe some thyme? The wine pairing was excellent - A Puligny Montrachet Bizkot I think 2017
(3) And now it descends into farce. Food - 2/10 | Wine - 10/10
So a fish dish. Halibut with salsa.I mean it was apparently supposed to be Halibut with iberico ham and olives which on paper looks great but what we got was Halibut sitting uncomfortably of a piece of almost dead broccoli (see pics!) with Salsa (?) and an unattractively layered piece of Iberico just kind languishing in mid air on top.
The fish was very overcooked, the contrasting salsa was painfully boring and as mentioned the broccoli was ready to expire. The whole thing look pre-prepared and reheated. If it wasn't then we cannot explain how the chefs achieved such a tired serving of food. The wine was again excellent - Gevery Chambertin PN, as elegant as its gets, smooth and heady and beautiful a perfect match for this type of dish but such a great shame about the food.
(4) And now its gets significantly better - 6.5/10
A really interesting Moroccan lamb dish with supremely delicate sous vide lamb fillet, cous cous and an inelegant but nonetheless delicious sauce, Paired with a Bosquet des Papes 2015, perfection - life is fair sometimes. This was almost great. The lack of flavor in the otherwise perfect Lamb and the thickness of the sauce (a recurring problem) let down this dish but it was otherwise really great - we enjoyed it a lot.
(5) Another farce I'm afraid. Food 3.5/10 | Wine 5/10
Selection of cheese with Tawny port. Although somewhat nice the cheeses were just so extraordinarily ordinary that it left us perplexed. A couple of pieces of Comte and maybe a piece of Roquefort...with again ordinary port. This 'course have been omitted entirely.
(6) A deal breaking disastrous dessert | Food 0/10 | Wine 5/10
Panna cotta with Pelham Ice Wine. The pairing was poor - this is overly sweet wine, not as elegant, balanced or interesting as the Austrian Eiswein.
The Panna Cotta was utterly devoid of taste, not luscious and milky like a good Panna Cotta. It was also covered in sweet Jelly clashing horribly with the wine.
We couldn't eat this one and set it aside in disappointment.
We don't know what they were thinking here. We may as well have been in any mediocre Italian restaurant in Temple Bar.
Having paid €180 per person, maybe, just maybe a glass of Sauternes and a Crème Brûlée (both on the menu!)? You are a French restaurant after all so finishing a meal with a Canadian ice Wine and an a poorly executed Italian dessert is just wrong on many levels. Wheres the head chef, hes badly needed?
Perhaps a 5 course tasting menu with focus on better quality food and a choice of cheese *or* sweet dessert to finish with either Sauternes or Port would an eminently more wise approach and far less prone to failure.
We know this restaurant can do better. We may revisit for the a la carte but it'll be a while.More
Simply brilliant. The restaurant kindly gave us a wonderfully private area under an alcove. The surprise menu was beautifully prepared. Gnocchi with summer truffle a particular highlight. Fine wine paring was perfect and beautifully served, serious attention to ensure the glassware matched the wine superbly....Having eaten next door at the incredible restaurant Patrick Guilbaud twice in two weeks as a ridiculous treat we didn’t expect that standard of food for a long while. Pearl is a brilliant alternative. The waiting team are so wonderfully personable and suitably French of course. We will be back. Next time for a d’Yquem with pudding. Thanks to all. We loved this dinner.More
Pearl Brasserie was our first port of call after months in lockdown. It was worth the wait !!
First and foremost the amazing staff really put us at ease with their enthusiasm and professionalism.
The wine menu is very extensive – something for everyone’s tastes...and budget
The highlight of our meal had to be the gnocchi special with freshly shaved truffles - outstanding.
We had really relaxing and enjoyable night
Already planning our next visit.More
It was my first having dinner at Pearl Brasserie. We got private room which it is super fancy, food and service are excellent! Staffs are friendly and professional especially thanks to Ms. Charlene who assist us during dinner. Absolutely, I'll come back and recommend to...others!More
Dear Vacation Butterfly,
Dress code at Pearl is relaxed. Business diners (suited) and social diners (casual) are welcomed with equal warmth. Personally, I wouldn't wear jeans to this restaurant but smart slacks/no jacket... More
Dear Vacation Butterfly,
Dress code at Pearl is relaxed. Business diners (suited) and social diners (casual) are welcomed with equal warmth. Personally, I wouldn't wear jeans to this restaurant but smart slacks/no jacket would be perfect. Enjoy the experience. Anne.