Lotus Dining Group Bring Us Pearl, Cantonese In Quay Quarter

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 29 September 2023

Now open: Pearl, the glamourous Cantonese restaurant and bar in Quay Quarters with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Nestled in the heart of Quay Quarter on the revitalised Bridge and Young Streets, this 84-seat gem promises a modern dining experience complemented by sweeping vistas of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, all while honouring the timeless essence of Cantonese cuisine.

A departure from the beloved Lotus brand, the concept of Pearl brings an elevated focus on culinary delights from China’s Canton province. Drawing inspiration from Hong Kong, the menu boasts elevated renditions of Cantonese classics, such as succulent roast duck, char siu pork, and an array of live seafood options.

Michael Jiang, the visionary founder and chairman of Lotus Dining Group, shared his excitement, stating, “This marks a thrilling and novel venture for our group. We have eagerly sought to establish a venue with a premium offering, aiming to redefine perceptions of Cantonese dining. We spotted a distinct gap in the market and meticulously crafted an offering that harmoniously melds Cantonese traditions with the contemporary Sydney dining scene.”

The culinary direction of Pearl is a result of a collaborative effort between Hong Kong native chef and culinary director Cheung Shui Yip and executive chef Steve Wu. Their synergy brings forth a menu that seamlessly merges the flavours Yip grew up savouring with the modern flair that Wu has mastered in Australia.

The menu features an enticing array of dishes, including wok-fried lobster with Pearl’s signature XO sauce, wok-fried Cygnet Bay (WA) pearl meat with snow peas and oyster mushrooms, caramelised BBQ pork belly, Pearl prawn dumplings, and Wagyu tri-tip MB9+ with tangerine peel sauce. For groups of four or more, we suggest dining on the $128 per person banquet menu which will give you a lavish spread of 10 dishes including dry-aged, twice-cooked Peking duck pancakes, Tasmanian red lobster, Darwin mud crab, and pork xiao long bao.

The beverage program, curated by head sommelier Karen Dollimore, features an impressive selection of over 200 wines, showcasing classic varietals and esteemed producers from both new and old worlds.

Designed by Darren Kong Architects, the indoor-outdoor space offers a distinct perspective of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, magnified when dining on the 30-seat balcony or adjacent to the retractable glass wall. Hues of blue adorn the venue’s design, harmoniously complementing the banquette seating that lines the space. A central bar serves as a focal point, surrounded by a mix of high and low seating options catering to both reservations and walk-ins.

Pearl is now open, welcoming guests for lunch from 12pm to 2:30pm, Tuesday through Friday, and for dinner from 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Find out more here.

Looking for other venues in the area? Check out Belles Hot Chicken, Oborozuki or Zobo.