Pearl Brasserie

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Restaurant / Wine Bar

3 euro Restaurants Offering Consistent Excellence Overall Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2 Dublin City
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Chic, classy and fashionable – Pearl is a wonderful French brasserie where intelligent cooking, stellar service and gorgeous decor continue to impress
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Contemporary International
  • Contemporary Irish
  • French (Classic)
  • French (Modern)
  • Business Meal
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Contemporary Bar
  • Cool Venue
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • Informal
  • Party Venue
  • Romantic
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

Pearl Brasserie

Just a few doors away from The Merrion Hotel Sebastien Masi and Kirsten Batt’s chic Dublin restaurants serving some of the cleverest food in town.

The basement room has been beautifully styled using a mix of stone, organically shaped fabric lights, dark wood, original art and a dramatic aquarium. A cute bar makes a cosy spot for pre-dinner drinks with leather seats by the fireplace especially welcoming on a cold evening.

There’s an unmistakably Gallic air to Pearl, from the predominantly French staff to the extensive wine list and the menu. Over ten years Sebastien has fine-tuned brasserie food and taken it to a new level, pioneering exquisite flavour combinations with beautiful presentation. This signature style is now delivered with flair by head chef Mark Bodie and standards are as high as ever.

Everything in Pearl smacks of class, from the charming welcome to the attentive service; the house pesto served with bread to the innovative amuse bouches; the sparkling stemware to the crisp linen table cloths; the breadth of ingredients to the picture-perfect dishes.

Diners can expect exciting menus that combine seasonal ingredients with choice artisanal produce. Over half the menu features fish and shellfish, always perfectly cooked and paired with fresh clean flavours. Starters are delicate and luxurious - perhaps a prawn and red pepper bisque with lobster tortellini, red mullet and ratatouille or new season asparagus wrapped in Serrano ham with a soft egg and black truffle hollandaise.

Meat lovers might find an exquisite main of milk-fed veal breast served with black truffle linguini and Parmesan, while the day’s special might pair sea bream with parsley risotto, snails and Dublin Bay prawns to create a truly memorable dish.

Equal care has been afforded to the wine list, which offers an excellent selection of house wines by glass, carafe or bottle, all comfortably priced. France is especially well represented on the list and lovers of sweet wines will be impressed by the strong selection on offer.

These will go well with Pearl’s desserts, which are created with as much style and care as everything else on their menus. From classics like vanilla crème brulée to mouth-watering originals like blackberry tart with chocolate ganache and yogurt sorbet, a meal in Pearl will undoubtedly finish on a high note.

From the pitch-perfect service to the convivial atmosphere, Pearl is a gem of a restaurant in every way possible.

All round, an exceptional dining experience - and, as Sebastien and Kirsten also own Locks Brasserie, fans can enjoy the same philosophy of good food, comfort and friendliness beside the Grand Canal. 

Seats 80 (private area, 10). L Mon-Fri 12-2.30, D Mon-Sat 6-'late'. Set 2-course L €25 Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm.Early D Menu €25, available all night Mon-Wed and 6-7pm Thu & Fri; 3-course Group Menu €48, Gourmet D €75; à la carte available at both lunch & dinner; also vegetarian menu. House wines from €28. SC 12% on groups 10+. Children welcome; reservations recommended; air-conditioning. Closed Sun, bank hols. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 03-06-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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