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Pearl – Inverloch’s newest gem

Words by Amanda Kennedy
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Pearls are produced by molluscs turning something irritating – and potentially dangerous – into something exquisite. Perhaps Inverloch’s newest restaurant, Pearl, is partly named for the same beautiful outcome.

Covid lockdowns had owner Tracy Kinnaird stuck on the cancelling/re-scheduling merry-go-round with their other venue, The Grove Gippsland. The Grove is a 60-acre property in the rolling Krowera hills of South Gippsland, an hour and a half drive from Melbourne. Normally the property is bustling with functions and weddings amongst the olive grove, truffle orchard and sculpture garden.

The enforced downtime provided just the opportunity they needed to complete their new restaurant on the eastern edge of Inverloch, Pearl. The restaurant’s interior embraces a simple, pared-back aesthetic with accents providing a nod to the casual modern Malaysian menu created by chef Ken Lim.

‘There’s really nothing like it in the area. It’s a blend of home-style Malaysian food but with restaurant quality. It’s going gangbusters,’ says Tracey. One of the most popular items is a curry puff, but it ain’t no regular curry puff.

The chefs make their own puff pastry. They include some of the rendered fat from the beef rendang into the puff pastry. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s amazing and it’s gone in two bites.

With a capacity of 70 seats, one of the most sought-after spots is bound to be the outdoor deck for a cooling cocktail overlooking the pool at the Broadbeach Health Club (located in the same building). How about a swim first then followed by a delicious meal paired with local wines? Don’t mind if we do!


WHAT: Pearl restaurant
WHERE: 5 Lindsey Close, Inverloch
WHEN: Wed – Sat from 5:30pm, Lunch Sat- Sun11:30am – 3:00pm
MORE INFO: Pearl Inverloch

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