Perla Seafood and Oyster Bar Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar

Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar

1400 S. Congress Ave. (Gibson St.)
Austin, TX 78704
Cuisine: Seafood / Raw Bar
Fresh seafood with a subtle approach and a strong wine list.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Austin, TX

Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar Restaurant Review:

Boasting perhaps the most inviting, tree-shaded deck in Central Austin, Perla's brings a carefree, beachfront ambience to the middle of Texas. But success hinges squarely on the fare; after all, Austin has no surf --- but does have winter. Thankfully, Perla's hits the mark. Fresh selections change nightly (with some staples), and while many entrées are simple, steamed or wood-grilled preparations, that's not to suggest the menu is void of creativity. Among the twists is a tart chimichurri sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes, and the bay scallop pozole verde appetizer features a delectable dance of salty, savory and spicy flavors. If the menu dangles the fresh catch a la plancha --- reel it in. The salted fish is seared, leaving a crisp top layer with moist, flaky flesh underneath. As is often the case, simplicity elevates the food. Case in point: the sautéed spinach, accented with the balance of lemon and toasted garlic. Shared side dishes include green onion grits, prepared in lobster stock with cheddar cheese, that defy their humble origins. End on a sweet note with fried roasted peach pie. Rounding things out are imaginative cocktail specials, a strong wine list and an oyster bar with numerous varieties on the half shell.