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Pearl Diver (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

Pearl Diver (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

Name: Pearl Diver
Address: 100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @pearldiverto
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: King East, Toronto
Type: Seafood

Pearl Diver is located in Toronto’s King East neighborhood directly across from St. James Park. Formerly known as Starfish the newly renamed and revamped Pearl Diver has a much more casual feel than the former fine dining ambiance of the predecessor.

Pearl Diver Toronto: Interior
Pearl Diver Toronto: Interior

What hasn’t changed though is their heavily seafood focused menu and with a name like Pearl Diver this shouldn’t come as a surprise. We try out the brunch menu and true to the name seafood is highly predominant in every dish listed with the exception of a vegetarian eggs benny and a classic breakfast consisting of just eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries, and toast.

But what would be the point of coming to Pearl Diver if you didn’t indulge in their specialty – seafood. We opt for the Panko Crusted BC Oysters ($18 CDN + tax) eggs benny as the first dish and two deep fried panko crusted BC Oysters sit perched on an English muffin with poached eggs, arugula, hollandaise, and a garnish of chopped chives. A side salad, some fruit, and their home fries round out the dish. The hollandaise is heavy on the lemon but being a lemon lover I dig it and the oysters are perfectly fried. The home fries are also not your typical home fries. They’re lightly sauced with a chili concoction that isn’t overly spicy but adds just the right amount of kick and a ton of flavor that is seriously addictive.

Pearl Diver Toronto: Panko Crusted BC Oyster Eggs Benny
Pearl Diver Toronto: Panko Crusted BC Oyster Eggs Benny

We also try out the oyster special which on the day we are there is a dozen Malpeque Oysters for $18 CDN + tax. They’re served with all the usual accompaniments but are definitely on the smaller side. While they are super fresh their tiny size is a bit of a disappointment.

Pearl Diver Toronto: Oysters
Pearl Diver Toronto: Oysters

Lastly we go for the Shrimp PO-Boy ($14 CDN + tax) and add on a side of bacon for $4 CDN + tax. It’s cornmeal crusted and spiced Argentine shrimp on top of a sesame seed milk bun with tartar sauce, pickles, red onion lettuce, and a fried egg. The crazily delicious home fries make an appearance again as a side. The shrimp is fried perfectly crisp, but still juicy on the inside and the tartar sauce, pickles, red onion make for a classic flavor pairings. It’s also super messy to eat, but that’s where all the fun is right? It also ends up being my favorite of the two dishes we try. The bacon is pretty standard, although I do wish it was crispier.

Pearl Diver Toronto: Shrimp Po-Boy
Pearl Diver Toronto: Shrimp Po-Boy

 

Unsurprisingly the seafood here is fresh and done well and despite being a seafood restaurant it was nice to see that they also had options for vegetarians and for seafood-shy. Service was friendly and efficient, making this a perfect East end brunch option.

 

 

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