I've been wanting to try the food at Pearl for some time, and we finally got there last night. I'm not sure why some reviews and descriptions call Jun Tanaka's place, 'French with Asian twists,' as the menu was very varied and what I would call Modern European. The bar has some cosy nooks that looked very inviting, but we headed for the dining room, which is elegant, beautiful and the service all evening was excellent. The restaurant is in an annexe of the Chancery Court Hotel, just a block from the Holburn Tube stop.
For starters I had the crab cakes with a mango salsa. Three good-sized cakes were fried to perfection and the salsa was delicious. My husband had the onion soup, which arrived in a huge bowl and was absolutely fantastic and among the best I've ever tasted. My main was lemon sole in a butter caper sauce accompanied by roast potatoes. The portion was so huge that I didn't think I could finish it... I did. DH had a sea bass with minted new potatoes and we shared some Chantenay carrots. My one criticism is that his portion seemed meager compared to mine but cost quite a bit more. Dessert was profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce... among the best I've ever had.
It was a beautiful meal - somewhat of a splurge at almost £100 with no drinks other than a very good coffee.
The menu was very eclectic and I think had something for everyone... pasta, fish, lots of grilled options - even a wiener schnitzel or hamburger if someone is in the mood for that. The dessert menu was also quite large.