We were staying at La Concha and decided to have dinner on Christmas day at the Perla restaurant.
The restaurant is shaped like a seashell and the ocean views are beautiful. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and very romantic. We had a table for 2 - unfortunately not by a window, but still so that we could look out. Only problem was that there was an air vent under one chair so it was really cold sitting there with the air conditioning going full blast. We really liked the quiet relaxed and sophisticated ambiance - so different from discomania down in the hotel lobby.
For starters I had the Argula salad - delicious. My second course was the diver scallops. I was a little disappointed. The dish looked beautiful - and everything was well prepared - but the tastes didn't go well together. Scallops are mild in taste and in my opinion were drowned by the bacon and beans. I skipped the dessert - but had some spoons of my husband's. We were happy with the portions (being European we don't like enormous portions where you send a lot out) - but for those used to normal American sizes, they were probably on the small side. Also, we were a little surprised that they didn't serve a special Christmas menu.
What really impressed us was the wine list. There was a lot to choose from. We didn't even try asking our young waitress for a recommendation - and in hindsight we should probably have requested a sommelier to pass by the table. We ended up with a US white which was a little different from what we expected - but never the less, a good wine that we enjoyed.
When it comes to service, we had a young, probably not very experienced waitress - but she tried hard. She answered questions and served correctly. Food came in at a slow enough pace for us (living in Europe we often find service in the US and Caribbean very rushed). The only trouble we had with service was when another waiter (not ours) came along to empty wine bottles (maybe they wanted the last guests to go home) - and poured wine from the next table in to one of our glasses. We liked the wine we had chosen so we were not interested in drinking a mix of wines. A short apology was given, and the glass taken out.
We had checked out prices before we ate at the restaurant so we knew they were on the high side - but that's how it is when you choose a top restaurant.
All in all we had an enjoyable evening.
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