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This Shoreditch oyster bar and restaurant is the latest offering from chef Tom Brown, whose Cornerstone in Hackney is the highest-rated seafood restaurant in the 2024 Harden's London guide. The crustacea and 'sea-cuterie' are washed down with coastal-inspired cocktails from Max Venning of Dalston bar Three Sheets.

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44 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT

Pearly Queen Restaurant Diner Reviews

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Lloyd S
Pearly Queen This is the sister restaurant ...
Reviewed 2 months, 1 day ago

"Pearly Queen This is the sister restaurant to the Michelin Star Cornerstone owned by chef Tom Brown. It’s situated on the very popular Commercial Street and a very short walk from Spitalfields and Aldgate East Station. As you enter you will see a bar with seating all the way along , behind are a row of seats that look out the street. At either end there are a couple of tables. Downstairs are more tables as well as a small open kitchen. We received a nice welcome from the team before being escorted to our table. The menu is similar to Cornerstone where there are snacks , oysters , small plates , large plates , sides and desserts all designed for sharing. After some good advice from Christina we made our decision. We started with the Sourdough with an incredible soy and oyster butter which was brought to the table alongside the Brown Crab , radishes and celery. Next to come were the Oyster where we chose the Pickled Oyster with horseradish , cucumber and the Crispy Buffalo Oyster with a ranch dressing. Now on to the small plates. Here we opted for the amazing Trout Tartare with tomato ponzu , egg yolk , chicory , the Cured Gurnard with leek and potato. Our last small plate was absolutely stunning in the form of the Crab ‘risotto’ Fritter with wild mushroom butter and celeriac. Our only disappointment was that we didn’t order one each. Now to the large plates which we started with the Cod , curry sauce , crispy potatoes. This was followed by the Turbot , roast chicken butter sauce , courgette , broad beans. We accompanied this with the grilled greens with mussel butter and the fantastic mashed potato with a Guinness and oyster gravy. We then received a nice surprise as Milo who was a credit throughout our lunch brought us a complimentary dessert from the team. The Sticky Toffee madeleines and vanilla mascarpone were an absolute treat. So now we only had to order the other two which were the Cashel Blue Cheese , walnut cake , honey and the amazing Lemon Meringue Ice Cream. This brought to end a fabulous afternoon of delicious food and very friendly service. Therefore I would definitely recommend a visit and you can rest assured I will return myself soon. Thank You Tom , Milo , Christina and all the team and look forward to seeing you all again soon."

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What the Newspaper Critics are saying

The Guardian

Grace Dent was highly impressed by the “newish” seafood place from chef Tom Brown of Cornerstone, where she found cooking of “two Michelin star-level ingenuity going on, even when they’re only slinging oysters in the deep-fat fryer or doling out bread”.

They also do more complicated things with the bivalves, such as “oyster paté, which is piped back into its shell and topped with champagne jelly and purslane”.

Other highlights included a monkfish tail in a rich XO sauce and a dessert of warm gingerbread and Cashel Blue cheese. Pearly Queen may not be cheap, Grace concluded, “but it is a paean to fine British ingredients, and to splurging on butter and decadent dining”.

“Put simply, there will be things at Pearly Queen that you will never have eaten elsewhere, though that’s not to say you won’t do in future, once other people shamelessly rip them off.”

Grace Dent - 2024-03-25


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £27.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.80 £45.50 £0.00 £11.00
Wine per bottle £37.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
44 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm

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