I've gained the benefit of chowhound reviews and thought I would help out a little. Here goes:
My wife and I met another couple and a friend at the Pearl Oyster last Saturday night. We got there around 9pm the place was packed they told us we could be seated at 10 so we went around the corner for a cocktail. Its tight inside the Pearl Oyster the original part of the restaurant has two long bars where diners sit. Its decorated in a simple clean Martha Stuartish style. We were sat on the tables side which had maybe 8-10 smallish comfortable tables. The crowd was a mixed bunch on the youngish side with an expected amount of Manhattan types mixed in with a surprising dose of what seemed to be actual New Englanders. I overheard some guy talking about the mooring for his 40 foot yacht and some other couple looked as if they were on the way to the prom with tuxedo and cocktail dress and all. My wife said it seemed like someone posted a message on the college recent alumni message board. I thought that was funny. I was defiantly comfortable in the restaurant and the noise level was low.
Now the food:
We split a large order of steamers. They came out perfectly cooked in a big silver bucket with the mandatory broth and clarified butter. The steamers that I ate had varying degrees of grit and this was the worst dish of the meal because of it (I dont think you have to have grit in your clams - do you?).
Next came out 2 dozen oysters on the half shell. Fresh and delicious. I can not say what type of oysters - bluepoint I think but I didn't ask. They were suspended on shave ice and garnished with flat leaf parsley. Cocktail sauce was served alongside a simple vinaigrette which was tasty. I was a little surprised that I had to ask for Tabasco sauce.
I ordered the lobster roll for entrée and was not disappointed. The lobster salad was heaped over a buttered and grilled pepridge farm (sp?) hot dog roll next to a big pile of shoestring fries. I was pleased to see that there were some BIG chunks of tail meat. Not too much mayo and I think it was thinned out with a squirt of lemon mixed up with chives brought out the sweetness of the lobster. I t was not a big portion and if I were to do it again I would have split the lobster roll with two of three others and had it as another course.
Other dishes I tried:
My wife had the salt crusted shrimp. This was an excellent dish. Three very large shrimp (10s I think) with their shells on (split and cleaned) are battered and fried served with a simple green bean, fresh pepper and vinaigrette salad and homemade tarter sauce. I have to tip my hat to the Pearl Oyster for frying them with shells on because it makes the shrimps taste better. Ill often eat the tails if crispy and have been known to devour a whole prawn from time to time. Some of the other diners removed the shell, too bad.
Pan roasted sea scallops had a delicious done just right quality to them. I didnt notice what was on the side.
We didnt eat dessert because we were late for meeting some other people but I did find out that they only serve blueberry crumble when blueberries are in season in the summer. I can respect that. All in all we had a great meal; the service was at least adequate if not good. Ill be back to try the bouillabaisse and fried oysters maybe this summer when they are baking blueberry crumble.
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