Saturday, July 30, 2005

Pearl, Richmond

I've never been a big fan of caviar. Little salty explosions just don't do it for me. I think it has something to do with early childhood memories of being dumped in the surf and coming up with a gob full of salt water. But today I took the plunge and ordered the "famous" coddled egg toasty at Pearl, 631-633 Church Street, Richmond, Tel +61 3 9421 4599. Maybe fish eggs for breakfast ain't so bad, after all?

Luckily for me, the little splodge of Yarra Valley salmon caviar was easily scraped aside, allowing me to regulate the fishiness of the overall experience. And a good experience it was. Encased in a cube of toasty bread (who knows if it was fried or baked, but it sure tasted like fried bread to me), the coddled egg was just right. Perched on top was a second, perfectly domed egg, which must have been "poached" in one of those little concave dishes. Finished off with a crown of bright orange caviar and a few artistic squirts of some beige mayo-like sauce, it was all very pretty.

If there's one thing that stands out at Pearl, it's creativity. Apart from the aforementioned toasty, there's a French toasted chocolate sandwich with runny cream, soft boiled eggs with vegemite soldiers, and roasted wild mushrooms with sage and cheese melt. All good reasons for a repeat visit. I'll also be back to try the sweet corn cakes, which looked excellent (although apparently not as good as European's corn fritters, according to the bloke next door).

In terms of service, Pearl is first rate. Never has my water glass been so assiduously refilled in the course of a meal as it was this morning. Throw in a slick, modern venue, excellent coffee, a wide range of teas, and an impressive virgin mary, and you are pretty much guaranteed a great breakfast. It's a bit more expensive than average, but well worth it.

18/20 "best coddled"

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Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

Breakfast lovers be warned. Pearl is not open for breakfast at the moment, and according to John Lethlean's recent Epicure report, will be shunting breakfast to some new cafe a few hundred metres down Church Street. Hopefully it will open early in 2008. Until then, no coddled egg toasties for us. Bummer.

16/12/07 19:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just rang Pearl & confirmed this. 'Pearl Cafe' is due to open in March 2008.

22/2/08 13:34  
Blogger xofro said...

Alas for us all, Pearl Cafe does not do the egg toasties. I'm still in deep mourning. In fact, Pearl Cafe is a bit of a disappointment all round for me :( Have you been there yet?

16/10/08 22:10  
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