My only complaint about Pearl Café is really a complaint — dissatisfaction might be a better word — about Thai restaurants in St. Louis in general. There are very good Thai restaurants here, like Pearl Café and Simply Thai, and there are a few not-so-good Thai restaurants and many in between. Yet for the most part they vary in quality, not in kind, and they must be judged, again and again, across the same spectrum of dishes.

Yes, I realize this is a result of demographics and restaurant smarts. The demand for Thai cuisine in St. Louis differs in kind for the demand in, say, Los Angeles, and a restaurant would be foolish not to meet our demand for red curry, pad thai and so forth. Yet we have so many Thai restaurants in this area that I refuse to believe that in at least some of these kitchens there aren't "secret" recipes.

Chef Tony Truong at work in Pearl Café’s kitchen in Florissant.
Chef Tony Truong at work in Pearl Café’s kitchen in Florissant.

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Pearl Cafe

8416 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
Florissant, MO 63031

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Florissant

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Go into the kitchen of Pearl Cafť in Florissant

Pearl Café
Thai dumplings...$6.95
Tom yum soup...$5.95
Red curry (chicken)...$7.95
Thai chile squid...$12.95
8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701.
Hours: Lunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun.

I'll keep looking for them, one squat suburban strip mall at a time.

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