Not surprised that I loved my first visit to The Pearl. Came for a girls’ night and after we struggled a little to find parking, we walked in to live music, amazing drinks and food, and such a cool vibe.

Their house cocktail list was so interesting and creative, with ingredients like pho spices, black sticky rice, and brown sugar boba. I tried the Roselle Colored Glasses drink (roku gin, sorel liqueur, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, lemon, prosecco) and it was the perfect light, fruity, not-too-sweet sparkly treat.

Drooled over all the food choices but finally narrowed it down to the lemongrass pork skewers with house fish sauce, some kind of amazing fried shrimp balls, and Vietnamse pork sausage. Then, the steamed branzino with soy ginger sauce, glass noodles, and greens, OMG. It was BEAUTIFUL. Perfectly seasoned without overwhelming the delicate fish and such an explosion of flavors. I’ll be thinking of this dish for a long time.

This is an amazing restaurant in Utah that doesn’t have a single burger on the menu and people are flocking to it because it stands on its own. Bravo, Chef Tommy Nguyễn!

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