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Pearl Oyster Bar

MMRuth | Sep 3, 2004 07:37 AM

My husband and I had dinner at Pearl Oyster Bar last night for the first time - what a treat. We were there around six, so had no problem getting a seat at the bar, though the tables were full. The restaurant definitely filled up by the time we left, several couples waiting for seats. Apparently this was a quiet night.

We started with a dozen oysters each - blue points. about $9.50 per half dozen. They serve only two types of oysters each night, one raw, one fried, and only serve East Coast oysters. They were lovely - salty, fresh, great texture. Tried both the mignonette and cocktail sauces - both good and did not overpower the taste of the oysters. Horseradish etc. are also offered. Then my husband had bouillabaise and I had the crabcake. The bouillabaise was smallish, but had a lovely lobster tail in it, mussels, shrimp - not sure what else - also a piece of toasted french bread that looked as if it had been brushed w/ olive oil before toasting, then a dollop of aioli added after. It was eaten up very quickly. The crabcake was very lightly breaded on the outside and full of crabmeat inside - quite sizable. The accompanying coleslaw was very creamy.

For dessert, we had the fried oysters, and then then the salt encrusted shrimp. The fried oysters were simply the best I've ever had - light and crisp. To go with all this, we had a bottle of Trimbach Pinot Blanc and then two glasses of some other white wine, the name of which I do not remember. The service at the bar was wonderful - speedy, friendly, no-nonsense. The tab for all this was about $140 including tax, plus a nice tip. Oh - we saw the blue berry pie that the people next to us had - looked divine, as did the lobster roll for which they are famous. I just wish they served some kind of fry other than string fries ....

Highly recommend - it was excellent. They are also open for lunch M-F. And, another bonus, Murray's cheese on the corner - we stocked up. They have a recent shipment of some interesting English/Welsh cheeses. Hadn't been there for a while - the clerks seemed very knowledgeable, inquiring about when we wanted to eat each cheese. My husband was not disappointed to hear that the last Epoisse they had needed to be eaten within the next day or so and would not be as good by our dinner party on Sunday. They are moving to what looks to be a larger location across the street.

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