Pearls on the Beach
1 Tourmaline Ave, Pearl Beach, NSW
02 4342 4400
Located amongst Norfolk pines on the sands of Pearl Beach is an iconic Central Coast restaurant that boasts stunning views over Broken Bay.
Since opening its doors in 1992, Pearls on the Beach has been a local favourite for day-trippers and city-siders looking for a coastal escape. Melissa and Scott Fox acquired the business in 2001 and have never looked back, creating the perfect sanctuary to offer customers a home away from home.
As you step inside, the weathered floorboards, sash windows and off-white vee-jay boarded walls will make you feel like you’ve entered a friend’s beach house – and that’s exactly how Scott and Melissa want you to feel.
Scott has been heading up the kitchen since day one, and strives to provide memorable, seasonal menus. He trained as a chef in Sydney before moving to the coast in 1999. Since then he has continued to develop his own skills to create produce-driven and international-inspired menus.
At Pearls he draws inspiration from contemporary Australian cuisine and adds his own innovative touch to produce unique yet timeless dishes that are constantly evolving to showcase seasonal produce. He has established a strong working relationship with a local fruit and vegetable supplier, who provides the kitchen with local produce from farms in Mangrove Mountain and Somersby.
Pearls’ menu is broken up into small, large and side dishes with options to satisfy even the most meticulous of diners. The squid ‘a la plancha’ will tempt seafood lovers, served with black and confit garlic puree, fennel jam, piquillo paste, wild rocket, smoked paprika and almond dust, while herbivores can indulge in the Berber-spiced carrots with date labne, cauliflower couscous, green harissa and herbs.
Moving on to the larger dishes, you’ll find options such as Cone Bay saltwater barramundi fillet, accompanied by pipián rojo, butternut and fennel slaw, coriander and lime vinaigrette. Pair this with a side of fries dusted in rosemary salt and your meal is almost complete.
When it’s time for dessert, you will be tempted by a poppy seed cake with passionfruit curd, sorbet, lemon labne, mint and grappa gel. If that’s not enough to satisfy your sweet cravings, the salted dark chocolate ganache with blackberry ice cream, chocolate soil and popcorn chocolate crackle certainly will.
Exceptional and knowledgeable service combined with an extensive wine list ensures Pearls on the Beach is known for more than just its food. Whilst managing the restaurant, Melissa has gathered a wealth of knowledge about her customer’s wine preferences, ensuring she can offer the perfect drop to pair with any meal.
Despite being only an hour away from Sydney, when visiting Pearls on the Beach, you will feel a million miles away from the city.