There are so many species of fresh fish available in Bermuda that it is hardly a surprise to find so many sushi restaurants on the island.
Finding the best one is the hardest thing as they are all offering great quality products. They have too since we know our fish here and we will not accept dropping standards when it comes to food. Every year, there is a fierce competition for the title of Best Restaurant in the Sushi category of the Best of Bermuda Awards organised by The Bermudian.
After Yashi, in Hamilton in 2010, the prize goes to Pearl, in Hamilton too. Pearl is the latest addition to the family of restaurants owned by Yellowfin: Port O Call (above which Pearl is located), Bistro J (on Chancery Lane, Hamilton) and Ten (on Dundonald Street, Hamilton). There are two great features in Pearl, after the quality of the food of course, the balcony and the plasma screens. The balcony allows you to eat sushi while admiring the stunning views of Hamilton Harbour. On the plasma screens fitted in the restaurant, you can see your sushi being created live by the chefs. This truly gives you a complete experience of sushi dining.
Inside, the style is elegant and kept simple. To start off your evening, or even your afternoon, Pearl has a list of cocktail based on sake, as well as different types of sake to drink on their own. Savour while you study the extensive lunch and dinner menu.
Pearl has a dozen appetizers you can choose from, such as seared beef tenderloin with snow peas and shitake Mushroom confit, or spicy hamachi tartar with yellowtail, scallions, almonds and avocado. Amongst the favourites are the soft shell crab tempura, the tuna tartar, the miso glazed scallops or the classic shrimp or vegetable tempura.
You can also go for one of the half dozen salads, seared peppered tuna and arugula salad, mango salad, maguro carpaccio salad, tako salad, and grilled shrimps and udon noodle salad.
But it is when it comes to the main course section that you realise why Pearl came on top of the sushi restaurant category at the last Best of Bermuda Awards. There is an impressive choice of 14 types of traditional sahimi and nigiri: Shrimp, Scallops, Tuna, Wahoo, Salmon, Mackerel, Red Snapper, Barbeque Eel, Rockfish, Peppered Tuna, Octopus, Salmon Roe, Tobiko, and Yellowfin Tuna.
Or you can opt for the Pearl Nigiri 2 pieces with a choice of four, the Pearl Sashimi with a choice of six, one or more of the seven different Tekami Hand Rolls, the Pearl Sushi Rolls 6 pieces with a choice of fourteen types, or one or few of the eleven Traditional Maki Rolls.
Whatever your taste in sushi are, you are bound to find something you will like on the Pearl’s menu. The chefs here have put all their knowledge of traditional Japanese cuisine and their experience gathered around the world to offer you the best sushi experience. There is also an impressive wine list with over 35 different wines to complement everyone’s food.
If you can still eat after your appetizers and mains, the Pearl has a great choice of desserts that includes hot molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, baked vanilla bean cheesecake with berry puree, black and white chocolate mousse with chocolate sauce, and strawberry, banana and crème anglaise springroll with burnt orange sauce. Or you can simply have some ice cream or sorbet, all of them homemade.
Pearl Restaurant, Bermuda – 87 Front Street, Hamilton HM 11; 441-295-9150
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Pearl Restaurant, Bermuda – Part of Elbow Beach Cycles’ Things To Do in Bermuda series!