Hands down, the Monday night “Sushi Night” special at The Cultured Pearl is the best known and most popular off the off-season dining specials in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Though The Cultured Pearl has been open since 1993, Sushi Night began about eight years now, when owners and husband and wife team Susan Townley Wood and Executive Chef Robert Wood came up with an idea that would help local sushi lovers and patrons find an affordable way to enjoy one of their favorite cuisines during the economic downturn and belt-tightening that was happening at that time throughout the country. The famous Monday night special consists of $15 for 3 Rolls, Edamame, Miso Soup and green tea – though the Full regular menu is available as well.
The special remains and the large, lively and appreciative crowds that fill the beautiful and spacious restaurant every Monday night during the winter months attest to its well-deserved popularity. The relaxing, flowing, modern Asian-inspired design of the restaurant melds perfectly with the palpable, high-energy, feel good vibe that is in the air during the busy dining hours. It’s serene yet dynamic – and very unique in Rehoboth.
There’s a well-established “front of the house/back of the house” balance to the work of Susan and Robert as well and it was a pleasure to be able to sit down and relax with them both as the busy evening came to close. We also had the rare pleasure of having the incredible Master Sushi Chef Hiro Sano join us for rolls and sake during our interview!
Their unique backstories, individually and together, as to how they ended up on this “art of sushi” journey in life will certainly make for a great future segment of Coastal Cuisine, but until then, call ahead for a reservation and/or arrive early on sushi night at the Pearl for a memorable dining experience that you will want to repeat again and again.