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Pearl at Aldinga Beach

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published January 18th 2021
A seafood feast for the senses
My very first visit to Pearl was blessed by sunshine, blue skies and a shimmering sea. The location of this very special restaurant means that my next visit might well involve stormy skies and choppy grey waves.

Pearl. Right at the edge of the sea.
Pearl. Right at the edge of the sea

The visual beauty of Aldinga Beach, the tang of salty air and the various activities of boats and beachgoers means there's plenty to enjoy at Pearl even before the food arrives.

A picture perfect view.
A picture perfect view.

Owners Jules and Bec designed their restaurant using natural materials and colours that are in keeping with the coastal environment.

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach

Guests can sit inside or out and enjoy either the set, shared menu or choose from the takeaway menu at the kiosk adjacent to the restaurant.

Take away
Take away

Menus showcase salty sea gifts, sustainably sourced and local, seasonal produce including South Australian wines. I hadn't previously tasted Bondar Rose but decided it would be the perfect choice to accompany a seafood feast at the beach on a summer's day. The fact that this Rose comes from nearby McLaren Vale reinforced my decision - food and wine always taste best close to its origin.

Bondar Rose
Bondar Rose

Pleased with my wine choice, my lunch partners and I set about enjoying our first course; Turkish pide bread with a tangy tomato and fresh herb salsa.

Our friendly and informative server, Galen, proudly announced each course and checked in, from time to time, to ensure all was well. All was certainly well after a few sips of the perfect Rose and morsels of bread with salsa.

Generous bowls of school prawns followed and were accompanied by a creamy aioli with roasted garlic and lime. Galen assured us the prawns could be eaten whole without the need for messy dissection.

school prawns and creamy aioli
school prawns and creamy aioli

Steamed Port Lincoln Mussels with wine, tomato, garlic and parsley followed and did need dissection but that was part of the enjoyment. Eating mussels straight from their shell then licking salty fingers reminded me of days on the coast in France eating moules-frites.

Port Lincoln Mussels
Port Lincoln Mussels

In fact, there were crispy frites to enjoy with our Port Lincoln Mussels as well as a wonderful salad with chargrilled eggplant and chopped almonds.

crispy fries
crispy fries

We lingered long enough for our appetites to recover slightly in order to enjoy dessert. Scoops of fig and almond ice cream, encased in a Baklava 'sandwich' arrived at our table as we swooned. It was the perfect end to a perfect lunch at the beach in the sunshine.

Baklava Sandwich
Baklava Sandwich

Pearl is open for lunch from Friday to Sunday and for dinner on Friday evenings. Menus are set and dishes designed to be shared. Bookings are essential. The kiosk is open for take-away each day from 9am.

Bec and Jules
Bec and Jules
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Why? A place for mermaids to gather
When: Lunch from midday, Friday to Sunday.
Phone: (08) 7477 7177
Where: Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp Lower Esplanade, Aldinga Beach South Australia 5173
Cost: $50p/p for a lunch set menu.
Your Comment
Nice article, food and location Karen. Love the Baklava sandwich.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1655) 41 days ago
Yes, it is a very popular spot - and I second the vote for the Baklava Sandwich.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1497) 38 days ago
Looks wonderful
by Clew5 (score: 0|4) 36 days ago
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