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Pearl Restaurant

14955 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC V4B1C3
Tel: (604) 542-1064 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 542-1065
Neighbourhood: North Bluff West

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in retrospect
By marymac of Delta, BC (145 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

I'm reposting this because the food rating was too high...

Always a special occasion
The Other Half and I have been to Pearl several times. Always a pleaseure.

We took the OH's daughter and son-in-law for dinner on a Saturday night. We made reservations for 6:45.

Turns out it was SeaFest in White Rock. Beach access and Marine Drive were closed to traffic. We were redirected to a local high school for shuttle mini-bus service. This was a complete surprise, as the restaurant neglected to mention the road closures. The OH's daughter is pregnant to a point that makes moving around not so easy, so this was hard on her. If the restaurant had mentioned the closure, we would have gone somewhere else. When we arrived (finally) at the restaurant, they acted very "surprised" that the closure and the parade were happening that night. Like the businesses on the main drive were NOT advised.....? Don't think so.

The food was a bit hit and miss. Tempura calamari was excellent, sweet corn bisque was very good. Seared scallops with salad was more "iffy"...the scallops were over-cooked.

Three of the four ordered the beef duo... grilled filet and short rib meat fritters. Potatoes were presented as "pomme pomme frites", meaning half a dozen huge bars of fried potatoes arranged in a square stack. The filet was excellent, the fritters were overcooked. The "frites" were soggy. I ordered the evening's special:: butter-poached prawns, one grilled (huge) scallop, tempura cauliflower and braised chard. The prawns (two) were huge, but were strong-tasting. The scallop was the size of a small can lid, cut into a checkerboard on the top. The scallop itself was chewy. Tempura cauliflower was OK, a bit salty.

For dessert, the son-in-law asked for an iced version of a fancy hot coffee. He said it was good. Stepdaughter had frozen three fruit granita. OH had semolina cake with orange sauce and raisins. I chose a brie cheese with fruit, plum preserves, crackers and raspberry cordial.

No one complained, but the desserts did not knock our socks off.

Service was impeccable.. Casual, professional, prompt and friendly. Absolutely perfect. Two special requests were handled graciously.

Ambiance is modern, upscale, clean lines. Washrooms are very clean.

-Value... just OK. This is an upper-end establishment. For the price, I would expect something a bit more even in quality. Some items were perfect, excellent. Some items made you think...."hmmmm".

OVerall, a satisfactory visit. A few rough patches, which should not be there for the price.

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An Oddity On The Beach
By Digby_Scallops of out there (50 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here at least 5 times over the last two years. All but one time I was attending a group business function, where they were doing a pre-set meal of small plates.

They do a very good job surprisingly of these type of functions. Their servers are attentive and well trained. I have always found the food quality high. It is amazing what they can do with an appetizer, like a single scallop.

But on the occasion I had dinner there with another couple, I found the food to be only so so. And they are charging top dollar, ie: downtown Vanc prices. The owner & his wife are just a young couple & stop by and chat.

The restaurant is I would say more of a special occasion spot. The windows open in summer & the tables come with blankets the ladies can choose to wrap themselves in. A nice touch.

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One of my favourite places
By Love2GoOut of New Westminster (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Went last night for the Spring tasting menu. It was a very good value at $65 per person plus $45 for the wine pairings. We have eaten here numerous times in the past for both the tasting menu and a la carte selections and have absolutely loved it. This most recent experience was very good but did not live up to some of the past meals, which would have garnered them 5s from me across the board.

Started with a tomato bisque amuse bouche that had a small dollop of chevre on top. Nice but not spectacular.

The first course was a three-part appetizer with a tuna sashimi "rose" topped with a side stripe prawn with a wasabi aeoli (bland), a purple fingerling potato stack with more wasabi aeoli (also bland but better than the tuna) and a house-smoked beef carpaccio with fried capers (much better).

Second course was a weathervane scallop on a quinoa salad with some eggplant caviar under the scallop. Very good indeed.

Third was, in my opinion, the best dish - halibut on sea veggies with a strong asian ponzu/sesame oil flavour. Delicious, as was the Reisling served alongside as the wine pairing.

Fourth was a 36-hour braised short rib. It was flamed tableside with Sambucca. Very good, but until I realized the fried Asiago ball on the plate ought to be eaten with the meat, I thought it lacked sufficient seasoning. Hubby would say this was his favourite dish. Again, exceptional wine pairing.

Fifth course was Cambozola cheese with water crackers and grapefruit/champagne jelly. Nice, but more cheese would have been good. Tasting menu portions are small due to the number of courses but that was ridiculous. There was about 1.5 teaspoons.

The final, dessert course was a large-ish dish of chocolate brownie, shortbread cookie and vanilla bean ice cream with some sliced strawberries. I am sad to say it was kind of boring. The brownie was gritty from sugar as it was basically uncooked batter with a crispy outer layer. The shortbread cookie was no surprise and the house-made ice cream, while delicious, had large ice crystals in it. There was no sauce. This paled in comparison to past desserts here.

Finally came a lovely little mignardise of a thimble-sized white chocolate cup filled with strawberry mousse, sitting on a dark chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. I think this could be the inspiration for a better dessert than the one on the menu.

Overall, and relative to many other fine it dining experiences I have had, I would still rate this one as "outstanding" but my hope is that Pearl pays attention to ensure it continues to be of the caliber it has been in the past. Please do not slip into complacent mediocrity!

Service was absolutely great, in that energetic and friendly way. If you prefer unobtrusive service you will not get that here. The server, Yasha, did make a wonderful series of unique, non-alcoholic drinks for hubby that were "paired" with the dishes as he was not having wine. She has done that for him in the past as well. This is her own initiative and was above and beyond what I have seen anywhere when hubby asks for something "different" to drink.

Decor is nice but the room is prone to drafts as there is no vestibule. I always ask for a table away from the door and I prefer the booths in the back if we can get one.

Overall, it was a lovely dinner but not up to what I know this restaurant is capable of. I am hoping future visits will put it back on its culinary pedestal for me.

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Tie with Giraffe for top restaurant
By NTM of North Delta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Beautifully presented, delectable food along with excellent service, and great ambiance. The white chocolate creme brulee was the most incredible desert I have ever tasted! It is a bit on the dark side, sometimes people who have poor vision complain. That, and the door letting in a cold breeze in the winter would be the only downfalls I can see.

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Doesn't live up to hype
By astickler of Surrey, B.C. (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

I have eaten there 3 times. When it first opened, it was much better: they seemed eager to distinguish themselves. The food was fresh and flavourful and the service was classy. Since then, the service has gotten more and more laughably snobbish (really, who are they trying to impress???!) and the food is hit and miss. What a shame, such potential. I will not eat there again.

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Great Service, Wine & Food
By winegum of New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I had to post this after reading the other reviews....

I think this restaurant is great value. We had a dinner party of six and our hosts didn't miss a beat. We started with oysters with freshly shaved horsh radish followed by an excellent selection of appetizers. I chose the steak tartar with a quail egg while others had the flaming prawns and fois grois - not one complaint. I taste tested the fois grois - mmm.

The mains were excellent...I had a perfectly seared tuna dish while I opined jealously over my neighbors venison.

Regarding the wine list - outstanding. If you want a $150 bottle of wine, they have it. However, for $60 to $80 I would recommend chosing from their Australian GSM selection.

Regarding the service, the sommelier was very friendly explaining each new bottle we experimented with (we had a white & 2 different reds). Furthermore, he was very polite and non condescending when I asked for all bottles to be in the $50 to $60 range.

At the end of the evening the proprietor (Nicholas) visited our table & ensured we were satiated by providing us each with a glass of blue zambuca - nice touch! He's also done a great job with the ambiance bringing fine dining to White Rock. After chatting with him for 10 minutes or so, I got the impression that this guy was really making a go of it - I was genuinely impressed.

All in all a nice establishment with friendly service that's NOT down town (which is nice every now and then). I do intend to return with my wife during the summer so we can enjoy a pleasant walk on the beach after our dinner.

kw.

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Slightly overrated
By LowTEC of White Rock (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Just had a dinner with family there tonight. The place was clean and tidy with well suited servers, which gives you the feeling you are in a nice high end restaurant. They have a nice long wine list to choose from which is always a plus. Food had good presentation but lack of amazing taste to match. I ordered the salmon but it turns out pretty dry and over cooked, something you wouldn't expect when you are paying for that price. Their organic dishes were nothing to rave about either. Service were only alright if only he didn't keep checking the next table instead of ours. After all it is an alright restaurant but I surely would expect something better for the price we paid. Maybe we should've stick with Senses, which has better food and half the price

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Nice room, good food, ridiculous service
By imhungry of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

Pearl on the Rock has potential to be a really great restaurant. The dining room is attractive, the wine list is excellent, and the food is beautifully presented and tastes good. Kudos to the sommelier/bar manager and kitchen staff.

The missing ingredient at Pearl is the service. We found our waiter and maitre d to be over the top. Someone needs to remind them that good service is about being attentive to your customers without being intrusive, and being knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the food. There's no need to put on a pompous, let your customers wait attitude. Irritatingly "wanna-be upscale" service does not make customers want to come back, despite the good food.

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not very good
By djoe of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 12:33am [Dine in]

Went here over a month ago, and was very disappointed. Had a terrible very chewy steak, as did someone else at the table. To make a long story short, did not have a very good experience at all. After 1 and a half months i get a gift certificate for less than it would cost to get a main course. Thanks but no thanks...terrible customer service.

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We are big fans of Onyx. Now we love Pearl too!
By luv2eat of Surrey , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

These restaurants are owned by the same company and while they are very different one thing is common in both. Quality, value and attention to detail. We had their new Summer tasting menu and it was some of the best food we have ever had. The albacore tuna was out of this world. Our server was very knowedgable and seemed to have the perfect balance of attentiveness without being obtrusive. We found the prices to be on par with or maybe even less than the Boathouse so it was very reasonable. Our server told us they do brunch on Saturday and Sunday's now so we plan to go check that out next weekend. This place is a must if you are in White Rock.

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Great summer dining!
By SandraN66 of surrey bc (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

Went after recommendations from several friends. Really enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. Menu was a good mix of interesting and familiar items, loved the tomato soup, (especially the fritter garnish,) caesar salad and scallop ceviche. For entree we had chicken and salmon, both were excellent. According to our server, everything is made in their kitchen, and you can tell. They even make their own bacon!
Our table was looked after at all appropriate times, and we never lacked for anything. The facility was clean, restrooms were spotless which is something I always look at. Great value all around for seasonal, local ingredients in a well cared for dining room with excellent service. Ambiance was great, can't beat a busy beach in the summer. It was a wonderful start to our weekend.

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Must be an off night
By GuinnessGuy of Delta (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

We've heard and read too many great things about Pearl to think anything other than we must have had a VERY off night when we dined in March. We ordered the "Spring BC" menu with wine pairings which seemed to be great value but ... the prawns were tasteless and the dish was more ornate than flavourful, my halibut was flavourless and tasted of too much butter, the wine pairings appeared WAY before our dishes (the wines were very good selections we must say!), the brewed coffee was dreadful, and the server tried very hard but was too intrusive and seemed inexperienced serving in a fine dining restaurant. The computers were down which naturally caused a bit of a fuss but when our bill was totalled $200 more than it should be, our server used the lack of computers as an excuse rather than apologize. A very disappointing evening for us and our friend from overseas ... let's hope it was an anomaly.

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First experience at the Pearl
By Greenfields of Cloverdale (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 9:23am [Dine in]

We needed to treat ourselves to a night out, Choosing the pearl was a fantastic choice! The staff are incredibly attentative, the meal was delicious. We are looking forward to trying the meal and wine paring on our next outing.
We tried Foie Grois for the first time, not exactly a new favourite but the comfit that came with it won the day. The Lamb was cooked to perfection, and the sea food sampler was exquisite.

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Disappointing....
By rjc2 of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Upon arrival we were informed that they were on time for the service and so they couldn't yet seat us (despite our table being ready) We were directed to the bar to wait the five minutes until our reservation time--a thinly failed gambit to get us to spend more money on drinks. After waiting, we asked why we couldn't be seated. The answer - we are trying to make the transition smooth for everyone and because everyone arrived at the same time we didn't want to seat you right away. Odd seeing as another party arrived after us and were seated right away! The oysters were delicious, but not what we ordered. The waitress said the ones we asked for weren’t available – would have been nice to be told before the substitution occurred. Our entrees took almost 45 minutes to arrive - the service was not stellar. Again, the order was not correct. The food was adequate in quality, but for the prices I would say disappointing. The sauce on my scallops and shrimp tasted burnt and the seafood linguine is more linguine than seafood. More long waits for new utensils and water refills - the waitress was nice, but not attentive. For dessert the chocolate beet cake and the flight of chocolate-- no Crème Brule because they were out - a very poor showing considering that we had an early seating for dinner. I am a huge chocolate lover and the two desserts could have been the highlight, but instead were strange and not at all tasty. The chocolate beet cake was ordinary and a bit dry. The flight of chocolate mostly didn't even taste like chocolate - the chocolate nib milkshake was bitter, the pate tasted like ice cream, the pistachio daquiose was odd and not even chocolate. The four item of the flight-lemon thyme white chocolate mousse- was missing altogether and with no explanation. We were still charged full price for the dessert....To sum up, mediocre setting, mediocre service, tasty oysters and entrees, nasty desserts. I won't be returning.

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they gotta do somthing about that door in the cold weather
By geordie of surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 6:16am [Dine in]

i had a wonderful time at the resteraunt, except, your price range doesnt match whats on this site, i took it easy and still spent over 50$ for me and 50$ for my date, and she was starvin afterwards so i took her for mc'donalds, no lie. But my over all experience was great, i loved the food, the portion sizes were perfect, just enough to pay that rent and hit that food cost, which we all know how hard that is in this industry. So i respect your menu prices, and your portion sizes, the only bad thing to give you guys some feed back about is, that darn door kept blowing really codl air inside, and we had the worst table for that. I guess thats what u get for not reserving. Anyways the blankets were a nice touch, but maybe for next time a heat lamp in the doorway may help. P.S. love the basil and spinach mashed potatoes.(they made me have to ask what they were, and im a culinary enthuseist

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A little gem in the 'burbs
By westernwilson of Tsawwassen, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Six of us dined here last night and had a delightful dinner.

This review engine does not allow for a full description of our dishes etc.

Good things about Pearl:
-attentive, informed service
-excellent food, great presentation
-lovely décor
-washrooms elegant, clean, warm
-lots of parking
-great martinis! extensive and well chosen wine and spirits lists
-very pretty candle lamps
-good value

Not so good things about Pearl:
-trim meat more cafefully (my strip loin had a big gristly piece, ick!)
- minor details need attention ie. potatoes were not hot enough
-use larger cream pots, and warm them
-wake up dessert chef
-echoes in room need gentling
- the wind blows in from the sea...a two door entry would be wise.

While Pearl can congratulate themselves for being a little Bishop's in the making, they need to step up and monitor the fine details. The tiny things that are going astray will offend the educated diner able to appreciate their food...ie. their target market.

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My new favorite!
By Fantasticfoodie of WHITE ROCK BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

We used to like West as our favorite but found a little gem in White Rock that was just as good but not as expensive. We opted for the 6 course tasting menu (only $65) and every course was spot on. The braised shortrib with potato aligot was my favorite.

Our server Shannon was perfect in everyway! Her timing, knowledge, and uplifting spirit made it easy to remember her name.

The place was decked out for Christmas and had lots of candlelight. Perfect for our romantic evening. Soothing 40's jazz in the background did not take away from the focus. THE FOOD! YUM YUM YUM!!! Can't wait to go back and try the sablefish from their a la carte menu as Shannon said it is amazing.

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I love this place!
By shopaholic of white rock (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favourite restaurants! The service is always great and the food is delicious. I try to go as often as I can, though it can be expensive it is worth it. The food is great and its the only place in White Rock that I know that serves VOSS.

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Fantastic dinner
By ftituji of Whiterock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

We had a fantastic dinner , the food was excellent , they finally have chicken on the menu and it puts Chin Chins to shame . Halibut was also delicious . The service was the best it has ever been , all female servers and wow were they attentive and pleasant. It was a great night , with fabulous food . The new chef there , well new this year is a welcome addition . See you soon we will be back .

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Very impressed
By foodiegirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Hubs and I recently visited Pearl on the Rock. We were both very impressed with the service and food. The only thing was our table that I didn't like was were we were seated, even though I did request a table with view and booked the reservation weeks in advance (Hub's birthday).

The food was really tasty, love the scallops, order the meal size, not the appy size. They were so sweet and amazingly good. The calamari salad was awesome too. I had the halibut, it was good but it could have been better in my opinion. Dessert was so good, love the ice cream trio. I normally don't like the taste of lavender but the ice cream was amazing!

Totally worth the drive, take a stroll along the espanade after dinner to end the evening perfectly.

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