Classy, calm and comfortable, Pearl Brasserie has been one of the defining Dublin city centre restaurants of the last seventeen years. Sebastian and Kirsten are professionals from first course to last, and they have been so ever since they opened their doors in late 2000. This means that, for very many people who live and work in Dublin, Pearl is one of the first places to call when you want to reserve a table for that special Saturday night dinner. The name brasserie is perhaps slightly misleading, because this is a quiet warren of rooms, rather than a noisy big barn of a place, though the brasserie name gives some clue to the Francophile nature of Mr Masi’s menus – oysters with shallot vinegar; duck foie gras with toasted brioche; scallops Proveçale with smoked bacon foam; pigeon Rossini. But Mr Masi also enjoys using modernist and Asian-influenced touches, so there will be mandarin with crab meat, and smoked tomato with goat’s cheese parfait, and ponzu with tuna, and raspberry mille-feuille with future lychee. Service is fleet and professional and set menus and lunch menus offer excellent value.
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