Pearl Chinese Cuisine is the pretty sister restaurant to Emerald Restaurant. It is located in Rancho Bernardo and next to the beautiful Webb Lake Park, which has a very pretty duck pond that you can gaze at while you eat.
We went there for the first time a few days ago. I was amazed at how pretty the interior and exterior are.
Like Emerald, Pearl is currently offering a special menu where you can get 4 dishes for $24.99 or 7 dishes for $39.99. The dishes are different from the ones at Emerald. I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of the menu.
I had previously tried the special running at Emerald and while I liked the cheap prices, it was hard to find dishes we wanted to order because the special menu consists of a lot of odd entrees. You can view my visits here and here.
I thought the menu items on the special Pearl menu to be equally strange. We ended up ordering 7 dishes.
We were surprised to see how small the quantities were for each of the dishes. The quantity was a lot less than the quantity we got at Emerald.
We ordered a soup with shredded pork. The soup actually was enough to serve 8. It had egg drop and bits of meat. It was pretty good.
This is supposed to be shrimp with vegetables. It didn’t look very appetizing, especially with the frozen vegetables accompanying the shrimp. There were also pieces of pickled radish that were very salty.
This was a tofu with seafood sauce. The sauce had too much corn starch and I didn’t like the sweetness of it. The tofu was the only thing I liked about the dish.
Stir fried beans in XO sauce. The quantity was small but the beans were tasty.
Fish and tofu in a claypot. This was okay. There wasn’t that much fish, it was mostly tofu.
Spareribs. These were pretty tasty, unfortunately there were only six pieces on the plate.
Shanghai stir fried noodles.
Next time we come here, I think we will order from the regular menu. I did find the service to be pretty good and I loved the view of the park. But the special menu food was just okay and the quantities too small.