It’s all about location, location, location at Pearl on the Peak. Situated in the Peak tower, perched on the edge of The Peak, the restaurant offers stunning views over Central, Victoria Harbour and the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui, weather permitting (on a cloudy day you may find yourself simply looking into cloud, which is still quite an experience). Many of the tables are situated along the full-length windows, but best to request a window table when making the reservation to be sure. Tables for two are set up so that one diner has their back to the view, which is a shame. The corner table, set for two, is the optimal place to sit.
While the choice of dishes on the menu ensures that most diners will be able to find something that will pique interest, at this price point a more inspired and less predictable selection is expected. Seared Japanese giant scallop (HK$98) is attractively presented as two separate servings; one clam served with a sweet, homemade XO sauce and the other with a tangy mango salsa. The cappuccino of wild mushroom and truffle soup (HK$80) is rich and creamy, as is the roasted Roma tomato soup with chargrilled courgette (HK$90) – its smooth consistency does not immediately give the impression of a homemade soup, though. The Australian baby lamb rack (HK$320) is of good quality and the meat is flavourful. As with many of the main courses, however, it is served with a very small garnish-like portion of gratin potato so diners should order additional vegetables from the menu. The accompanying mushroom sauce is one of two sauce options for the “on fire” selection of main courses. Sadly the sauce does not accentuate the lamb and sauces created to complement each individual dish rather than being offered blanket-style would be a vast improvement. The steak flambé au poivre (HK$350) is the standout dish of the meal. Prepared tableside with a flambé flourish, the steak is succulent and the sauce rich and spicy. The half-baked chocolate cake is suitably gooey in the middle, the xx cheesecake is very tasty but seems mismatched with the mango sorbet and berry coulis; the delicious sorbet would be better enjoyed on its own. Overall the food is of a good standard but expensive for what you get; then again, you are paying for the location and view rather than the food.
The wine selection is reasonable with most regions represented. Various price points are also covered. Wine service is not overly knowledgeable.
Service is attentive and friendly, but not always polished. Not all wait staff are familiar with the menu and may struggle with dish recommendations as a result.
A three-course meal for two, without drinks will cost in the region of HK$1,200. Fairly expensive for the quality of food, but the view makes it worthwhile.