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Pearl Dining

Lotus Dining Group has injected a big dose of luxury into Cantonese favourites at this sleek Circular Quay diner.
By Ben Hansen
October 11, 2023
By Ben Hansen
October 11, 2023

Arriving in a flurry of new openings for Circular Quay, Pearl is Lotus Dining Group's most lavish venue to date — shining brightly by taking what's worked at spots like The Gardens by Lotus and turning the sense of luxury up a notch.

The flashy Cantonese eatery is located in Quay Quarter Tower alongside Belles Hot Chicken's expansive eat-in-only diner, plus the expansive rooftop bar and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Martinez. It has also been joined by a sibling venue downstairs — a Circular Quay outpost for Lotus Dumpling Bar, which offers the group's signature eats in a more casual setting.

The menu, crafted by the Director of Culinary Cheung Shui Yip and Executive Chef Steve Wu, places big flavours and Cantonese favourites at the centre of the offerings, serving classic dishes created with excellent produce and attention to detail.

Prawn dumplings topped with egg cloud and roe at Pearl in Circular Quay

Must-try eats include the dry-aged and twice-cooked Peking duck pancakes served with a side of crispy duck skin, wok-fried lobster in XO sauce, the Pearl prawn dumplings, and a side of the spiced and wok-fried green beans for good measure — all of which are available on the deluxe $128 per person set menu.

There's also a more affordable $88 per person banquet, which still features plenty of culinary delights, including Sydney rock oysters, wok-fried beef flank, steamed coral trout, kingfish sashimi, and prawn dumplings with an egg-white cloud and flying fish roe.

A la carte is, of course, an option as well, as is popping in just for a drink — with the sweeping balcony calling out for after-work catch-ups complete with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you've got a birthday or Christmas party on the horizon, Pearl also has you covered — there's both a semi-private and a private dining room, which you can book for an intimate experience a stone's throw from Wynyard and Martin Place.

Whole lobster drenched in XO sauce at Pearl in Circular Quay

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