New opening of Pink Pearl brings theatrical art deco dining to JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
Bringing a new level of experiential fine dining to Vietnam's paradisiacal island of Phu Quoc, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay welcomes the grand opening of its Pink Pearl mansion this October. Another new chapter in the fictional backstory of this award-winning resort purportedly the former French colonial Lamarck University Pink Pearl will tell its own fabled story through an immersive gourmet experience that will surprise and delight guests in a truly elaborate setting.
Created by the resort's master of ceremonies, designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the legend of Madame Pearl Collins, the great-great-grandmother of the current Dean of Lamarck University Ty Collins AKA the resort's general manager. The story goes that Madame Pearl loved to host friends and dignitaries at this beachfront art deco mansion for extravagant gastronomic soirees. Interiors ooze retro glamour with a bold mix of pinks, sumptuous prints, artefacts, extravagant gilt-framed portraits and a grandioso central chandelier, all crafted bespoke for the space.
Now Madame Pearl's mantle has passed to chef de cuisine Amine de Ouameur Lakhdari, who has taken inspiration from her treasured book of classic French recipes - and over 10 years experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants (including The Ritz Paris L'Espadon, Apicius and La Truffe Noire) - to create a fabulous French fine-dining menu that recaptures the glaour and decadence of Pink Pearl's heady 1920s heyday.
Evoking memories of the roaring twenties, the immersive experience of Pink Pearl begins from the moment guests are welcomed at the door by flapper girls. A guided tour through the six enchantingly styled private dining rooms is punctuated by pianists, violinists and classical chanteuses. Each room tells the story of Madame Pearl and Lamarck University through charismatic photographs and vintage pieces. Staying true to the saying "it's not over till the fat lady sings" guests are seated in the opulent main dining room upon the sounds of the singer reaching the heights of her operatic chorus. The feast for all the senses reaches a crescendo with the arrival of dinner, with Madame Pearl s favourite classic French recipes deconstructed and given a modern twist by Chef Amine. Combining premium local products and a farm-to-table ethos, the menu showcases signature dishes such as: Nha Trang s piny lobster with cherry ; Charolaise Beef Pithivier; and the extravagantly indulgent masterpiece Opera Sphere Marou Chocolate .
Pink Pearl also boats Phu Quoc's best-stocked wine cellar. Exuding Gatsbian drama, a spiral staircase entrance opens onto monochromatic glazed cabinets containing a vast selection of French wines, alongside New World favourites and a collection of fortified wines. Pink Pearl's sommelier is on hand with expert recommendations to pair with Chef Amine's extraordinary dishes.
For more information visit: www.jwmarriottphuquoc.com