The options for dining in our neighborhood are really getting good, and the newest kid on the block didn’t disappoint. Pearl Dive, done by the owners of BlackSalt (which is no slacker of a restaurant) opened about a month ago and we finally made it last week. Kumamoto oysters, mmmmm. Love.
In addition to raw, they also have oysters done up in all sorts of ways as appetizers – we tried the Tchoupitoulas (cue stroll down memory lane of my intern days in New Orleans) – very good, but personally, i prefer them raw with mignonette.
Redfish – who knew that was a fish but it is and it’s good. Even though I’m of the school that you should eat seafood in a seafood restaurant, there was something intriguing about that hangar steak, and the gentlemen of the table went for it. And it’s good. And then we had pumpkin streusel pie and key lime pie – I thought the ice cream accompaniment (supposed to be salted caramel though you couldn’t tell until the end since flavor was very light) could have been a bit punchier. But both pies were really good.
Final verdict: it’s good. It’s very good. Join the crowds waiting on Saturday nights and go. Or do like we did and go on Sunday – little wait and nice cocktails to be had in the bar upstairs that looks like it’s made of set castoffs from Like Water for Chocolate or some other vintage circus biopic so it’s a festive way to start. And it’s good too.
Pearl Dive by iphone: