Review + Slideshow: Pearl Café

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JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
My review of Pearl Café is now available online. Pearl Café, a Thai restaurant (with a few Vietnamese and Chinese dishes), is located at 8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard in Florissant. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Jennifer Silverberg introduces you to the Truong family (including brothers Tommy and Scott, pictured), takes you into the kitchen and shows off the small but inviting dining room.

More are after the jump.

It is customary in Thai culture to greet guests upon entering and exiting with hands together, a nod of the head and the word "soawadee." Owner and executive chef Scott Truong and his brother Tommy made sure to place a figure facing in, and another facing out, so whenever entering or exiting Pearl Café you are met with a lovely statue and an implied "soawadee." See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • It is customary in Thai culture to greet guests upon entering and exiting with hands together, a nod of the head and the word "soawadee." Owner and executive chef Scott Truong and his brother Tommy made sure to place a figure facing in, and another facing out, so whenever entering or exiting Pearl Café you are met with a lovely statue and an implied "soawadee." See a photo slideshow here.

The Spicy Basil lunch special with beef is onions, basil leaves, green & red peppers with garlic Thai pepper sauce. As with most items on the menu, the diner has a choice of meat or vegetarian. This was one prepared with beef. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The Spicy Basil lunch special with beef is onions, basil leaves, green & red peppers with garlic Thai pepper sauce. As with most items on the menu, the diner has a choice of meat or vegetarian. This was one prepared with beef. See a photo slideshow here.
The green curry lunch special with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, green beans, eggplant, basil leaves, green & red peppers and choice of meat, this time, shrimp. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The green curry lunch special with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, green beans, eggplant, basil leaves, green & red peppers and choice of meat, this time, shrimp. See a photo slideshow here.


Thai Braised Chicken, also a lunch special, is made with white meat chicken, pineapple, onions and red & green peppers. Like all the lunch specials, it is served with steamed rice a crab rangoon, crispy spring roll and dipping sauce. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Thai Braised Chicken, also a lunch special, is made with white meat chicken, pineapple, onions and red & green peppers. Like all the lunch specials, it is served with steamed rice a crab rangoon, crispy spring roll and dipping sauce. See a photo slideshow here.
The pineapple fried rice has eggs, ham, pineapple, green beans, raisins, cashews and green onion. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The pineapple fried rice has eggs, ham, pineapple, green beans, raisins, cashews and green onion. See a photo slideshow here.
Chef Tony Truong at work in the kitchen of Pearl Café. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG


The always reliable Pahd Thai - rice noodles with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions & peanuts and your choice of meat... as always. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The always reliable Pahd Thai - rice noodles with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions & peanuts and your choice of meat... as always. See a photo slideshow here.
Tommy mentioned that the salt-water fish tank In the restaurant is something that they care for and maintain themselves. It has become quite a hobby for them. See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Tommy mentioned that the salt-water fish tank In the restaurant is something that they care for and maintain themselves. It has become quite a hobby for them. See a photo slideshow here.
The good luck tortoise in the back of the kitchen. A good luck tortoise is always placed at the back of a room, house, kitchen of a restaurant, etc... because it is said to draw good luck from the front door, in, and fill the space. A totem of sorts to help bring the brothers good business and success. I was thrilled to find it tucked in a back corner of the kitchen! See a photo slideshow here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • The good luck tortoise in the back of the kitchen. A good luck tortoise is always placed at the back of a room, house, kitchen of a restaurant, etc... because it is said to draw good luck from the front door, in, and fill the space. A totem of sorts to help bring the brothers good business and success. I was thrilled to find it tucked in a back corner of the kitchen! See a photo slideshow here.

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