[Photos: Timothy Hiatt]
Chicago's blossoming oyster scene officially gets a new entrant today in the Loop. Pearl Tavern, from former Hubbard Inn owner Adolfo Garcia and Pelago chef Chris Lorenz, is kicking off service by offering free oysters tastings to anyone this week who books a reservation by phone or online via this link.
The sophisticated 1950's-era space on Wacker Drive is anchored by an oyster and cocktail bar with gleaming brass fixtures. Murals of mermaids decorate the ceilings and are framed in brass on the walls. Dark wood fixtures round out the look.
In line with the throwback decor, Lorenz's menu skews traditional with crudo selections such as east and west coast oysters, tuna poke, scallops on the half shell, and razor clams with absinthe. Small plates served at a recent dinner are less traditional, including crab churros and gnocchi with pistachio emulsion. Sandwich options include a Connecticut lobster roll.
At the bar, classic-leaning cocktail offerings are light with citrus flavors. Expect a decent wine and champagne list as well. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner beginning today.
· All Pearl Tavern Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Pearl Tavern [Official Site]