Pearl

Everyone likes Chinese food and everyone likes gorgeous lakeside views, so logically, everyone should like Pearl. Located on the Harbourfront at Queen’s Quay, Pearl overlooks a lake filled with sailboats and seagulls, making for a lovely view as you chow down on high-end, gourmet Chinese with some friends and family.

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Entrance to the restaurant

That said, Pearl is especially good for group dining. You grab half a dozen friends and share your dishes family style so that everyone can try a delicious variety of Asian cuisine. I recommend the hot and sour soup, the dumplings (steamed or fried —both are great), the orange beef, and my personal favourite, the shrimp chips.

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You can enjoy a wonderful view from the restaurant

If my enthusiasm weren't evident enough, I'll spell it out here: I believe Pearl serves the best Chinese food in the city. Now, it’s more expensive than your typical neighbourhood place, with entrées costing about $15-$18 a pop compared to the usual $10 the place down the road charges, but the delicious high-end versions of normal dishes are well worth the extra cost.

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Pearl interior is neat and tidy

And just as a side note, although I prefer to sit in the restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere, Pearl does offer take-out for those who would like to eat at home. But be warned: due to some construction going on at the moment, parking can be a bit of a problem. Still, the food is worth the small hassle.

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Pearl Bar

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