I am super glad I was willing to give them another shot. I met L at Pearlz after work. I got there first, and from the minute I walked in the door, I knew the experience was going to be better than last time. Kara, who ended up being both our server and hostess, started chatting with me as soon as I walked in the door. Eventually L got there and Kara led us to our table. We opted to sit inside this time, to check out a different aspect of the restaurant. We ordered a couple of beers and took our time trying to decide what it was that we were going to order. Kara was a huge help. After detailing all of the daily specials, she went through nearly the entire menu with us, explaining how things were prepared and what her favorites were. She went into so much detail, it was just like she was the chef, detailing her creation.
We finally decided to order the Steamed Blue Mussels. Basically a gigantic bowl of mussels in white wine, garlic (and I mean actual garlic pieces!), and some fabulous combination of herbs and spices. We tried to figure out exactly what the spices were, but we weren't totally sure. We asked the omniscient Kara, and even she wasn't positive. She did tell us that the chef on duty that night was from Colombia, so he always adds a little South American spice to every dish he makes. It was a good addition. The mussels were perfect. And huge. And the broth? Well....I asked L if she thought it would ruin my street cred if I took the straw from my water glass and tried to drink the remaining broth from the bowl. Unfortunately, she said yes. *sigh* I did, however, used the excellent French bread provided to sop up as much of the broth as I could. Heads up - make sure you order extra bread. Trust me, you'll want it. The super fabulous Kara brought us extra without us asking, so we very much appreciated that.
|That bowl is deeper than it looks. So many mussels, we were almost too full for dinner.|
L decided to get the daily dinner special. On this occasion it was grilled barrel fish (imagine if swordfish and grouper had a love child. This would be it) with roasted potatoes and garlic infused broccoli, with a thyme infused lemon gastrique. It was a delicious as it sounds. The fish was tender and fell apart every time L tried to get a bit. The potatoes seemed to have the same spice profile as the broth for the mussels (amazing!), and the broccoli was COVERED in little bits of minced garlic. L really liked it, and I definitely liked the bits I tasted. The gastrique was very sweet, almost like it was made with a bit of honey. It was superb on the fish.
|Good looking piece of fish. And check out the color on that broccoli!|
|I don't know what has the better color here: the scallops or the broccoli.|
|Did I mention that this was the biggest piece of cake I've ever seen?|
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