Pearl Café in Woolloongabba is no secret. This dining icon has been a stalwart on the Brisbane dining scene for as long as we can remember; rich, inviting décor, legit coffee, and a chef’s table experience like no other has kept this local on our foodie radar.
2016 saw the café shift hands into new management, and with new ownership comes a whole new menu (squeal!). And just between us, the new menu is everything. We’re talking charcuterie, gnocchi, ceviche…it’s a foodie’s feast, we tell you!
So, given the flavour fiesta in store for us, we obviously had to get to Pearl Café quick smart to check out their menu. And—spoiler alert—it didn’t disappoint. You’re going to want to come hungry for this one, guys.
The new dinner menu is, frankly, a masterpiece. It goes without saying that any menu that features amuse bouche makes us feel not only fancy, but like we’re in store for a delightfully decadent feast. Pearl Café’s menu does just that, and to top it all off, they even stock Brisbane baking fave Danny’s artisanal bread—heaven!
Entrees devoured, we moved onto share plates. It’s a given that if charcuterie is on the menu, charcuterie shall be ordered. And, it doesn’t disappoint either; it’s authentic, moreish, and boy is this baby Insta-worthy. Whipped artichoke is served up with bottarga (it’s like pate meets caviar, and is totally delicious), lavosh and fennel seeds, and the barnyard quail with caramelised peach, serrano ham and Pedro Ximenez is cheaper than a ticket to Spain, but just as much of culture hit.
We’ll be honest, though, if you come to Pearl Café for one meal only, you should probably make it the handmade gnocchi. Why? Because the handmade balls of deliciousness come smothered in lemon cream, crisp artichoke and almond pesto, that’s why! If you’re more a meat eater, the charred Cape Grim fillet with anchovy butter is kind of amazing, too. Order a side of the crispy chat potatoes with garlic emulsion and you’re in for a serious foodgasm.
In case you didn’t catch on yet, we’re into food in a big way, so of course we ordered dessert, too. Don’t judge us. When there’s Eton mess on the menu, you order dessert, OK?! Also when dark chocolate, burnt fig, and house made honey comb is also on the menu…
The verdict? You’re going to want to come hungry to Pearl Café, because my gosh, does the menu deliver in spades. And, as if you needed another excuse, the wine menu is also top notch.
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson
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