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Pearl of the Orient

First Floor, Mermaid Quay, Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Cardiff/Caerdydd, CF10 5BZ
A popular and comfortable restaurant belonging to a small group; offering dishes in the style of Canton, Peking, Szechuan & Malaysian although the former predominates.

The open plan dining room includes conservatory sections, plus a wall devoted to a fish tank - so the whole is more impressive than an outside viewing might indicate.

On the food front the menu is extensive - the seafood section alone including abalone, crab, Dover sole, lobster, mussels, octopus, prawns and scallops; all done in various ways.

As well as Noodles and the familiar 'standards', main courses such as 'Pan-Fried Dover Sole in Soy Sauce'; 'Malaysian-style Chicken Curry'; 'Sautéed Sliced Lamb Szechuan-style with Green Chilis'; 'Roasted Crisp Belly Hong-Kong Style' and 'Shallow-Fried Stuffed Bean Curd with Green Peppers & Aubergine' set the style.

Whereas whole suckling pig, cooked in a Hong Kong-style, but needing pre-ordering, is also listed.

While the evening generally brings a live pianist.

Prices are firm, and we have heard that final bills should be double-checking for accuracy. If the impressiveness of your surroundings aren't of paramount importance, the nearby Bay Restaurant is a viable alternative.

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Other Details

  • Food Style: Chinese
  • Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00, Sat 12.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-22.30; mains about £12 to £23; set L 12.30-15.00 (Sun 17.00) £10.90 (2 courses), £12.90 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: Mon-Fri 17.00-23.00, Sat 12.00-23.00; mains about £12 to £23; Express D 17.00-22.30 £15.90 (2 courses), £17.90 (3 courses); Pearl’s Gourmet set D £23 (min. 2 guests)
  • Wine: an impressive list, includes many bottles that would be wasted with spicy food
  • Children's portions: Yes, when possible
  • Wheelchair access: Enquire, dining room on first floor
  • Nearest station: Cardiff Bay Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Closed: D Sun, Check Bank Holiday & Christmas openings
  • Air conditioned

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Contact Details

Tel: 029-2049 8080
Address: First Floor, Mermaid Quay, Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Cardiff/Caerdydd, CF10 5BZ
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