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If you are seeking the perfect spot for an anniversary, cultural experience, or girls night out, stop in at The Pearl. Candlelit tables, a glass of wine, decadent Moroccan and French food, and live music will have you in the mood! The mood for dessert that is, and who could say no to a hot godiva brownie smothered in ice cream and fresh berries?
Karim Chiadmi is the head chef and owner of this hidden Pearl bringing his passion for great food and company to the Treasure Island area. With live music Wednesday through Saturday, catering, and a full liquor bar, The Pearl is an up-and-coming hot spot. Prices can run high at The Pearl, but for special occasions or something new, it’s well worth the experience.
As I entered The Pearl with my fellow food lovers, we were immediately greeted by the owner himself. He remembered my friend right away, and put us at a table with a lovely view of the entire restaurant. Chiadmi is of French and Moroccan descent so the menu has those two cooking styles available, even though it has a wide variety.
After trying the Moroccan style duck, two types of French chicken and pasta, I promise visitors won’t be disappointed. The flavors are rich, the meat is juicy, and falls of the bone, the ingredients fresh, the steamed vegetables melt in your mouth. The dessert is sinfully rich and oozing with perfection. With the dim lighting, free flowing win, live bongo drums, and soulful guitars, I was entranced. This is another restaurant that takes you out of Florida entirely.
Guests are invited to shake bottles of sand to accompany the band. My guest and I found ourselves lost in conversation with some of the regulars at the bar. They were as full of life and energy as the restaurant itself, bringing even more charm to this location. I found myself ordering appetizers, even after a five-course dinner, craving more mouthgasmic exploration.
The fresh garlic hummus and pita were amazing! The fish and stuffed mushrooms are to die for. I left The Pear knowing I was addicted. This is without a doubt a Toonari top pick. Located at 163 107th Avenue, Treasure Island, FL 33706. It is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturda from 4 p.m. to midnight.