The Pearl in Rockland
So far I have been twice and the place and new chef (Michelle) get rave reviews from me. I could go there every night. Very, very good chowder. Sauteed shrimp with gigante beans, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. Some of the best linguine and white clams I've ever had. Littlenecks in a pot with chorizo. Soft-boiled (but fried with bread crumbs?) egg on steamed asparagus with a glimmer of crabmeat. Excellent crab cakes. All good.
Oh man, I love gigante beans! Hard to find around here, I mostly ate them in Greece.
We are planning to head up to Rockland a couple times this year so will definitely try The Pearl based on your recommendation. (besides our usual favorites!) Thanks.
Our party of four had 9 PM reservation at the Oyster Bar at the Pearl, new restaurant that is literally within the grounds of the Lobster Festival.
We arrived and the restaurant was virtually empty, which is shocking given that the Lobster Festival is the biggest tourist weekend Rockland will see all year.
We couldn't find a hostess, but eventually someone sat us on the back patio at a dirty table. I had to ask the waitress to wipe it down before she attempted to put down our napkins and silverware. There was no one else out there.
We ordered our drinks and they came in plastic cups, even the wine. Can you believe it? Wine came in plastic Dixie cups - it was outrageous. We had to ask the waitress to bring us real wine glasses.
When it came time to order, she informed us that they had not turned on their wood fire oven and therefore half of the small menu was not available.
I ordered the lobster po'boy ($22). It was essentially a large lobster roll, with a decent amount of claw meat tossed in mayo, but the bread was soggy. I was supposed to get potato salad, but that never arrived. The BBQ shrimp sandwich was made with canned shrimp, and thepork chop was small and dry.
At 10pm, the owner came over to let us know they were closing and we should finish. This was shocking - why schedule a 9pm reservation, only to try to kick us out at 10pm, mid-meal?! We finished our food and left without dessert. On the way out, we attempted to give the owner some feedback about our poor experience and that dissolved in to obscenities. She stated that there was no reservation in the book and accused us of lying about making it. I read that it is new ownership - they will learn very quickly this is not the way to do business.