[Ann Arbor] Black Pearl
Black Pearl | www.blackpearlonmain.com
Address: 302 S. Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Date visited: 2013.03
Total bill: ~$90 + tax and tip (split between two people)
Will return: Maybe
– Fish Tacos
– Raw Oysters
|Black Pearl Interior: elevated tables stretch all the way down to the back of the restaurant on the left side and bar seating on the right side.|
Besides water or hot tea, I never order beverages (no soda, wine, etc, literally anything) with my meals anywhere because I don’t like to mix any unnecessary flavoring with my food. However, I will make an exception at Black Pearl. My favorite is the Nutty Alexander, which is a creamy hazelnut martini. People either love or hate creamy drinks so if you don’t like dairy in your drink, don’t get this. If you prefer something fruity, the lychee martini is tasty and very strong (three shots). The martinis are big.
|Nutty Alexander Martini:Amaretto, Bailey’s, Frangelico, Kahlua, and cream.|
The happy hour menu makes this a great place to
pregame for dinner get some discounted appetizers and drinks in for dinner if you order before 6pm. A selection of food and drinks are discounted by a few dollars and some of the food from the regular menu is also available in single portions (for example, fish tacos are normally 3 for $18 but you can get a single taco for $4). The late night happy hour works the same way (check here for hours).
Oysters ($3 each today; daily selection and prices vary)
Lobster Bisque (Cup $7 or Bowl $10; bowl is shown below)
The lobster bisque was darker and saltier than the last time I had it; the recipe has probably changed but it was definitely better before. It used to be a vivid orange as opposed to the more brownish color below.
Calamari ($11) with seasoned flour, cherry peppers, flat leaf parsley, and remoulade
This was really salty and greasy (as in they could have drained a bit more oil before plating it). The batter definitely needs improvement.
Tuna Tartare ($13) with yellow fin tuna with avacado, spicy mayo, sesame oil, and wonton crisps
This tuna tartare deeply offends me. Someone from Black Pearl should go try Pacific Rim‘s because they figured out what tuna tartare should taste like. I have ordered this before (and did not like it) but wanted to give it another chance. Nope, it still wasn’t good. It felt like half of it was raw tuna and the other half was canned tuna. The mayo really wrecked this dish. The wonton crisps do not go well with the tartare either; something lighter and not deep fried would have been a better choice. Feels like a P.F. Chang dish.
Food presentation really does not matter to me but at this point I am just hating on this dish in any way I can. Plating wise, I’m not sure what’s going on with the cucumbers and sriracha dots in the back.
|Tuna Tartare with Wonton Crisps|