1 Tourmaline Avenue Pearl Beach, NSW
|Opening hours||Thurs-Fri 12pm-2pm,Sat-Sun 12pm-2.30pm,Thurs & Sun 6pm-8pm,Fri 6pm-8.30pm,Sat 6pm-9pm|
|Features||Outdoor seating, BYO, Accepts bookings, Events, Licensed, Long lunch, Views, Wheelchair access|
|Prices||Expensive (mains over $40)|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||02 4342 4400|
Pearls is as on-the-beach as you can get, with every table in the stylish cottage turned towards the wash of the tide. With the water just a stone skip away, it's the sort of place that inspires the clinking of glasses and an off-the-cuff commitment to a sea change. As you're plotting your move, spoon up a glistening bowl of gazpacho with poached king prawns, bobbing with cubes of cucumber. Another must-try is fire-grilled yakitori quail, the right side of pink, on a nest of mizuna draped with nametake mushrooms and shredded daikon. Beef eye fillet is grilled rare, atop smooth potato puree spiked with sour cream and chives and a proper pile of spiced onion rings; it's gutsy, generous comfort food. Roast barramundi is cooked with more flair than fuss - the skin crisp, flesh flaky. Dessert ups the wow factor. pistachio sponge with raspberry white chocolate ganache, vivid raspberry sorbet and pistachio soil.