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“A taste of local flavor!”
Review of Pearl's Cuisine

Pearl's Cuisine
Ranked #9 of 52 Restaurants in Roseau
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Kansas City, Missouri
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A taste of local flavor!”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

A taxi driver recommended this when we asked about a good local place. It is in the heart of Roseau.

The driver was right! We were the only tourists there when we went in, even though the town was filled with cruisers and the restaurant is only 5 minutes walk from the cruise ship.

The street level is just a carry-out with just a couple of stools. But they have a bigger dining room upstairs (easy to miss the stairs).

The first time we went, we got there about 3pm and they were sold out of the full meals, so we just got some little meat and veggie pies that were nice.

We went back a couple of days later closer to noon and got the day's special which was chicken with loads of local veggies.

To get a taste of what the locals like...this is highly recommended

Visited February 2012
1 Thank love2pedal
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful local food”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Truly a great place to have local food in Roseau. The prices are very fair, and the food is all fresh. Try to get one of the tables on the upstairs balcony overlooking the street.

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank sdfltransplant
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Authentic Local Food”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

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

Visited January 2012
2 Thank travellady8
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Captain Cook, HI
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“good food. cheap.”
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
1 Thank ScubaSue49
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Oswego, Illinois
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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“Island Food Like You Want it to Be”
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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