Pearl Street Bistro - Streetsville/Mississauga
I had the pleasure of dining at Pearl Street Bistro in Streetsville (Mississauga) recently. I started with a lovely lobster and corn veloute soup with creme fraiche. My dining partner had a rocket salad with blue cheese, walnuts and poached pear to start. Our entrees were basil gnocchi with a yellow pepper gazpacho and lamb loin with cherry conserve. The lamb was definitely the better of the two, but both were enjoyable. I didn't have enough room for dessert, but did glance at the menu and would expect it to match the rest of the meal.
I was (pleasantly) surprised to find such a quality restaurant in Mississauga. Attentive service and prices that match bistros in downtown Toronto ($19-40 for entrees). I did notice that, at least on the evening I was there, most of the diners were older, but that could just have been that particular night.
My husband & I had dinner at the Pearl Street Bistro last Saturday night (Dec. 23) and it was wonderful. I had the Sweet corn veloute with crab & creme fraiche. It was bursting with flavour and I could have made a meal of it. My husband had the Terrine of foie gras & duck with orange confit & brioche, and he also raved about it. For mains I had Breast of duck, shiitake, chipolini, parsley root puree, & cherry conserve. The duck fell off the bone, but was moist and delicious. My husband had the Angus striploin, potato gratin & pink peppercorn sauce and said it was perfect. That was about our fifth trip to the Pearl Street Bistro (we live in the area) and I was very surprised at darien's comments about the owner. Our experience has been the exact opposite. Always helpful, welcoming, and we've never had a negative moment. In discussions about other restaurants in the area, I've always been impressed with his generous comments. We are thrilled to finally have an excellent, contemporary restaurant in Mississauga and we are anxious to see it thrive.
I agree, the Pearl Bistro has excellent food. The duck and the taglietelle were very good. However, the portions were small and many did not include vegetables. My party was not informed of this when ordering, so we had to order a side of vegetables afterwards which was met with a disapproving look from the server for some reason. The biggest problem with the Pearl Bistro is the owner/waiter who was extremely pretentious, slow and rude. The food isn't enough to bring me back for a second visit.
Agreed, finally we can enjoy real contemporary cooking in Mississauga. Pearl has recently provided us with 3 delightful dining experiences in its relaxed environment with creatively prepared and presented food, twice at lunch and a dinner. Every plate we had there indicates the people in the kitchen are making extra efforts to impress their guests. We particularly appreciate that special attention is given to organicly grown vegetables and, at last, a restaurant that serves portions of them that your mother would approve. Pearl sets a new height of culinary achievement in Mississauga that should be visited once just to see what is possible when superior quality becomes a restaurant's main focus. The only disappointment here is the lamentably sparse selection of good quality Canadian wines.
I live in Streetsville and have been to Pearl Street Bistro 4 times. It's been an absolute pleasure every visit. Food and service are always amazing.
I too have noticed the crowds are usually a bit older. My SO and I are 25/32 and we usually bring the mean age down a bit when we are there. Definitely not a bad thing, though; a sophistocated crowd never hurts.