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The New Pearl: an Updated Classic by Janine Purcell photos Aaron Leyser


or award-winning Asian cuisine, visit The Pearl, the new incarnation of the former Pearl of the Orient restaurant in Shaker Heights. Serving the community for nearly 40 years, they’ve moved to new quarters in the developing Van Aken District. Rose Wong opened the original restaurant in 1978. A talented artist and designer, she came to Cleveland to design the restaurant and stayed on to become its manager. With the new venue, she’s blending innovation with tradition so that loyal customers can feel at home and all clientele can enjoy a new vibe. The updated menu expands the scope of authentic Chinese dishes. It adds creative, informal small plates inspired by Hong Kong street food. The décor of the original restaurant was on the cutting edge for the late 1970s – the strong use of red and upholstered chairs, for example. Rose is delighted with the updated look her architect, Ron Reed of Westlake Reed and Leskosky, created for the new space. In the new dining areas, jade-colored table tops paired with red chairs and gauze curtains integrate with red walls and velour which pay homage to the original restaurant. Full-height photo murals of the Hong Kong harbor and skyline give the feeling of dining near the water in the famous island city. The 80-seat restaurant is “spacious yet intimate.” The lounge area in the front has table seating in addition to a quartztopped, 14-seat bar area. Two smaller table seating areas in the front and rear let you nestle into a table that suits your mood. If you opt for the front seating alcove, you can enjoy original artwork from Ms. Wong’s graduate fine arts thesis. Rose is proud of the capacity at the new venue to offer a sophisticated traditional Chinese banquet. The menu is planned ahead to assemble an array of 10 - 12 courses. Each course is presented on


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