While waiting in line at Rose’s Luxury, I asked the foodies for oyster bar recommendations. They all unanimously agreed on Pearl Dive.
Located between the hip restaurant row of 14th st and the roaring corridor of U Street, this restaurant screams hip!
The restaurant has a rustic decor, with a bar upfront and a restaurant at the back.
We started off with oysters.. all sorts of oysters!
Wood Grilled East Coast Oysters (Garlic, Red Chile Butter, Gremolata).. Loved the flavour.. but kind of lost the oyster taste…
Angels on Horseback (Grilled-Bacon Wrapped Oysters, Vin Blanc, Vinegar Reduction)… Love anything bacon wrapped! even more so with oyster!
Tchoupitoulas (Oyster Confit, Blue Crab, Tasso Ham, Roasted Corn)… couldn’t taste the crab..
1 pound of Addie’s Mussels (Garlic, Shallot, Fumet, Butter, Lemon, Grilled Baguette)…the mussels were kinda small.. but were juicy… Loved the grilled baguette!
Spinach Madeleine Tart (Spinach, Artichokes, Béchamel, Parmesan Cheese)……
The quality of the food here was superbe….. so we decided to order 3 oysters each to start..
starting from the left to the right (the oyster taste goes from mild to strong): Goose Point WA; Tatamagouche NS, Old Blacksalt Va.
I can’t decide if I like the milder ones or the stronger ones… The milder one didn’t really have much taste. But that’s a good thing? Cause it means it tastes fresh. We liked it so much that we ordered other oysters to try.
Wildcat Cove WA; Battle Creek VA; Fishers Island NY
Wish we could have ordered more.. but we didn’t want to take any chance as we were taking the Amtrak to New York the next day.
Shrimp Dinner (Bacon Braised Organic Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes & Creamy Cole Slaw, Classic Tartar Sauce )……
Wood Grilled Gulf Redfish Sage and Native Pecan Brown Butter, Stone Grits)…. I don’t think I’ve tried Redfish before… it’s tender.. but not like sea bass. I liked how they garnished the fish with pecans.
cornbread! freshly baked! we didn’t get it till the middle of the meal.. so soft and warm!
Pearl Dive is clearly a winner.. plus Food and Wine named it America’s Best Oyster Bar!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!