Monday, March 14, 2011

The Black Pearl

Elisabeth and I will be playing catch up for the restaurants we've been to in the last month or so...

February Fourteenth. The most romantic night of the year. What do the two of us do? Make plans for a dinner at the most romantic restaurant in town! With who, you may ask? Ourselves. In actuality, our friend Dorothy made the reservation for the three of us, but at the last minute she had to work. So it was just the two of us, surrounded by a sea of couples.

Atmosphere: 8.5. Only an 8.5 because Elisabeth doesn’t like eating dinner on tall stools where her feet don’t touch the ground. The Black Pearl is the swankiest place we have eaten so far. It is definitely a place you want to get dressed up to go to. We felt a little out place because we weren’t in heels.. It feels like a classy upscale martini bar and restaurant (which it is). A favorite touch of Elisabeth's was the super awesome ceiling fans over the bar. We had a great table right next to the floor to ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant looking out at Main street.

Service: 8. The service here is top notch, and their wait staff is friendly and informed. One of Elisabeth’s friends who works here gave us excellent menu recommendations.

Food: 9. For an appetizer, we ordered the shrimp guacamole, which was very delicious. Even Elisabeth who doesn’t love seafood thought it was good (I thought it was excellent- you should get it). Elisabeth’s entrĂ©e was the Pasta Gone Bayou which she rated as a 9.5. She loved the Cajun flavored creamy sauce with crab, shrimp, sausage and chicken. I ordered the signature fish tacos-their most popular item, and for good reason. It was fresh and had tons of unexpected flavor, also very filling. The menu is mostly seafood but there are other options for those who may prefer something else.
Shrimp Tacos
Pasta Gone Bayou

Overall: 9. The Black Peark is the perfect place for a romantic night out with someone you want to spend a lot of money for dinner on… however, its definitely worth it. Make sure to get a reservation ahead of time!

302 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108
(734) 222-0400