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“Authentic Local Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pearl's Cuisine

Pearl's Cuisine
Ranked #10 of 52 Restaurants in Roseau
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Mass
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Authentic Local Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

Pearl's is where our Serendipity Traveler's eat when in
Roseau. Simple, fresh and authentic.

Visited January 2012
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Captain Cook, HI
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“good food. cheap.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2011

This is a very cheap, good place to grab a bite. Located in the middle of town, it offers good, local food at a fair price.

Visited June 2011
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Oswego, Illinois
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Island Food Like You Want it to Be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

A lot of cruise ships stop in Roseau, the capital of the island nation of Dominica, but in spite of the throngs of passengers that swarm and transform other Caribbean islands, this place seems relatively untouched. One of these unspoilt "pearls" is a humble restaurant named Pearl's Cuisine.

Getting to the restaurant requires a certain resolve. I've sailed into this port on three different cruise lines, and never got any clue the place existed from any of them, in spite of the fact that it's located on the street that ends at the main cruise ship docking location. You need to know ahead of time to look for the place, and you need to get over the fact that it is not conveniently nestled between Diamonds International and Del Sol in some quaint but not quite real shopping district. Roseau is a real Caribbean town, with real people doing real shopping and eating, and the rough streets with their jumbled sidewalks, pungent gutters, and creative car traffic might intimidate the faint of heart. All that said, if you want good island food, get over that and seek out this pleasant and friendly place to eat. Get off that ship (assuming that's how you got to the island) and head straight up King George V St a few blocks, and eventually you will find a blue building on the right side of the street with a sign out front.

Pearl's does takeaway service in the downstairs portion, and this is usually crowded with locals. Going up some stairs that wind through the outside and inside of the building will get you to a sit-down dining room with bar. There are a few tables of various sizes inside, and some small tables on the balcony over the street. I've had lunch in the dining room twice, and both times there were three offerings on the menu, generally chicken, some kind of fish, or some kind of red meat, all served with a plate of side dishes like taro (dasheen), plantains, pigeon peas and rice, and other produce from the island. Sometimes dishes aren't quite ready when they open, and quantities are limited such that some offerings can be exhausted before long, but it's all good and you should be able to enjoy whatever is available.

The service is great, as is the rum punch. The open air environment up above the street level is very pleasant. The drinking water is clean and refreshing.

One tip - After your meal, if you're headed back to your ship, be sure to stop at the Ruins Rock cafe. This place makes every theme bar I've visited look pathetic, maybe because the theme here is not contrived. It's in a burnt out building that has had the insides reconstructed from a hodgepodge of material, with no real doors to speak of, but a decent roof that keeps out the rain and sun. They have fantastic rum punch, and the some of the weirdest drink options I've ever seen (e.g. slug flavored rum). The place is alive with local color and the more edgy tourists, and there's a fascinating spice shop to the side of the main bar area. It's a great place to cap of your lunch at Pearl's.

  • Visited November 2011
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Birmingham, Alabama
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the Calilou Soup!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Very local place. Chalkboard menu. I had the chicken calilou soup and the chicken fell off the bone. Soup had a great flavor and I ate every bite. Definitely a taste of Dominica!

Visited November 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A wonderful dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

This colonial styled restaurant in the heart of Rosau is truly charming. The menu boasts a plethora of freshly squeezed local fruit juices including lime, grape fruit and tamarind. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxed. The menu consists of authentic Dominican cuisine. I ordered callaloo soup with crab and provisions. This meal was well seasoned, and the crab was fresh. The fresh grape fruit juice that I ordered was ice cold. There is an option of dining on the balcony which overlooks King George street. If you visit Dominica, you must dine at Pearl's cuisine.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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