As it is the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, which marks the last day of the LNY celebrations, we found a perfect excuse to treat ourselves to a nice lunch at Pearl Cafe. My friend had informed me she had made a reservation earlier and we now understand why it was necessary to do so.
Mr food hunter and I were really surprised to see how very busy this little cafe was on a thursday afternoon.
Pearl Cafe has been around for a few years now, we've heard much hype surrounding this place and the reason why it took us THIS long before making our first visit, was due to the several negative reviews we've heard. This little cafe was criticized for being pretentious, having slow service and indifferent attitudes and food that wasn't worthy of the price. We must say things have changed for the better, the service was friendly and attentive, the cafe was not at all pretentious, but we are not so sure food wise.
We had good frothy cappuccinos and a mocha by Genovese. The lunch specials of a Confit of Atlantic Salmon on a bed of salad, asparagus with a yoghurt dressing was very popular amongst the crowd. Mr food hunter and our friend ordered exactly that and Miss food hunter had the Vitello Tonnato Green Mountain Veal.
Oh the Atlantic Salmon, if only you were truly confit as promised! As you can see from the picture the salmon was sadly overcooked, tough and dry was the result. It's such a shame because this could have been a perfect summer salad. The combination of ingredients were perfectly complementary with just the right amount of yoghurt dill dressing. So good that I think I may pinch this recipe and make it myself! Hmmm...our friend in contrast, seemed to have had the better chunks of oily confit salmon. No complaints from her.
Though there were one or two disappointments, there was no doubt to the quality of ingredients used and the love that was placed on the plate. We ate and chatted for over 2 hours, which speaks alot about the comfortable setting of the place. At the sametime, we witnessed the number of times the tables turned over...wow! Judging by the number of raving reviews based on breakfast alone and the scrummy sounding breakfast items, we are sure of a return visit! Peruse the current menu below and be tempted....there is a short selection of wines too!
28 Logan road
Opens Tuesday to Saturday 7am to 10pm