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May 29, 2014 01:19 PM

Pearl and Ash

Pre-anniversary dinner there tomorrow night. Anyone been recently - tips on menu items to try? Going with another couple, so I feel like we'll be able to cover the menu pretty well

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  1. Went about a month or two ago. The menu's not that lengthy, so my group of 6 pretty much covered everything. Must orders (in my opinion, anyway):

    - The Octopus! (Executed to perfection, seasoned well and spicy, and paired with a sunflower seed paste)
    - Poached Egg (served with kale, walnuts, and onion)
    - Short Rib
    - Lamb Belly
    - Shrimp (I only tried a bite, but it was very fresh and served with jicama and fennel)

    I'm not sure how often the menu changes (so these may or may not still be offered), but most of what I tried I was enjoyed. Have a good dinner!

    1. I would also add the meatballs, if they have them - come 4 to an order. So good.

      1. We stopped by recently to take advantage of their new patio & $1 oyster happy hour. Had a great time under the gently swaying umbrellas regardless of the construction going on nearby.

        After stuffing ourselves with oysters, we moved onto the small plates. The tuna, pineapple, taro was an inspired take on Hawaiian style poke. Lick-the-plate good. Their famous marinated octopus with sunflower seed puree and togarashi was awesome, as on previous visits. The lamb belly with radish and harissa-yogurt was fantastic. Big juicy chunks of essentially fatty lamb bacon. And the long beans were also fantastic, served with bits of kale, peanuts, and a BBQ-style sauce. Savory, crunchy, flavorful.

        For cocktails, they are not hard liquor based, but we still enjoyed the Bridge over Troubled Watermelon (Oarsman ale, watermelon, tabasco) and Fire Island (mango, chili, Cocchi Americano).

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        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks for the update. My husband and I are planning a short visit over Labor Day and Pearl and Ash is on our list of places to go since we weren't able to go last year. Hopefully we will fit it in this year.

          1. re: kathryn

            Oysters, lamb, octopus....They all sound so good.