This award-winning Burnaby gem specializes in an imaginative Pacific Northwest cuisine. The elegant menu is exquisitely prepared with local and regional ingredients. Try the roast caribou with mashed potatoes and asparagus spears in carrot nage or tender seared scallops set atop orzo and drizzled with truffle oil. Desserts are equally as succulent and include a lemon tart topped with a lattice of caramelized sugar then garnished with sliced grapes and diced papaya.
After a time at the Pear Tree Restaurant, I began to feel like the Merovingian from The Matrix as he spoke French, akin to wiping your…well, you know…with silk. I’d like to say “that” word, but most of the review sites discourage it. It felt like the luxury it truly wanted to be.
From the outside, The Pear Tree is rather unspectacular, yet being that stands out among rainbow walls and neon signs—the restaurant next door was salmon-colored with a yellow awning, leaving The Pear Tree’s shale tiles as somewhat reserved. This perfectly exemplifies how simplicity can be scenic. At least I wasn’t assaulted by varying shades of brown, the apparent default décor of every restaurant nowadays. A glass wall of wine divides the serving area from the colossal pristine kitchen. My girlfriend and I were shoehorned to a miniscule table at a far corner, a depressing point given our reservation days in advance. That would be the only criticism of the evening. Since Araxi the previous week, I had been waiting for a truly pampered experience, and The Pear Tree shared space with Araxi in a restaurant guide claiming both among a thousand restaurants across the world one must enjoy before dying. That’s a…big list. I got five down so far though. I better get off my butt.
The menu was Spartan, barely ten entrees, indicating the courses were made to order. We had already decided upon the seasonal table d-hote, akin to the chef’s menu. Three fixed courses for 64 dollars intermixed with pallet cleansers and bread. Yeah, not cheap. Quick spoiler warning, the dishes were all incredible. Against a canvas of ceramic white, each plate was a moment of beauty, fleeting until I rammed them down my gullet like a voracious duck. I’d be honest and doubtful to remember if I even chewed. Green was a dominant color used, offset with whites and browns. After the brioche opener, we were treated to glazed pork cheek with chargrilled green asparagus, mustard textures and bacon wrapped leeks. In truth, I’m not sure what mustard textures is meant to imply. It was grainy mustard; just say its grainy mustard. And I wasn’t kidding about varying textures, combine the asparagus with the leeks or the leeks with the pork cheek, toss one of the crisps that top the dish if you want. The same was extended to the main, pan roasted “Haida Gwaii” halibut, with Yukon gold potato pave, spinach fluid gel and spring vegetables.
Now I know what you’re going to say—I made up half those words, but that was a direct quote from the menu. So let’s do a Google search. I honestly didn’t know Haida Gwaii was once the Queen Charlotte Islands and that the name changed only a few years ago, did you? Potato Pave refers to the French word for paving stones, and was coined by the world famous chef Thomas Keller—so basically it’s a square potato. Fluid gel? Well, it’s pureed spinach mixed with a gelling agent like xanthan gum… yummm. Actually it was. Finally, the meal concluded with a simple dessert. Though still delicious, it was oddly subdued. In the end, that was The Pear Tree’s strongest note, how it doesn’t go overboard. It skirts the outer periphery of molecular gastronomy without fully embracing it. My girlfriend selected the pear sorbet while I dove into the chocolate ganache with a crisp nut base, salted caramel and orange/chocolate sorbet.
Pear Tree was an amazing experience but not transcendent…and I honestly don’t know if that translates to being a disappointment or not. I mean it’s less expensive than other places promising the world. I think the fault has to lie with hype. We picked it out from only a handful of restaurants in Vancouver listed in this restaurant guide. It listed only seven restaurants in Vancouver, and I had already been to Vij’s. But Vij’s wasn’t divine either, only fantastic, but I didn’t have a book that attempted to sell me on otherwise. I guess that means it’s all the book’s fault. I’m okay with that. The Pear Tree is worth a visit, certainly. It falls into a slot of restaurant I didn’t know existed—the one just below the best of the city, but one not trying to be better. Leave the top spot for the likes of Chambar or Absinthe, for those wanting to spend half as much but still feel they got 70% of an pinnacled experience, the Pear Tree is a worthy compromise.
Oh and one other thing, we were given a utensil that insanely combined fork and spoon, but I dare not call it a spork. We agreed it will forever be called a “foon”, as it was more fork than spoon. Crazy talk.
This place was recommended to me by a friend so 4 of us booked a reso to eat here on a friday night. Every time I've tried to get a table here it's been full so booking ahead of time is recommended.
Nice restaurant, small space but nice and not cramped at all. Service was friendly. I ordered..
Appetizer - Scallops with double smoked bacon risotto $16. Dish looked and tasted great.
Entree - Lamb Shank with scallops and pear risotto $30. Once again, great looking and tasting dish.
Dessert - Chocolate Ganache with orange chocolate sorbet $12. This was a fantastic dessert.
Overall, nice place, great food. My only concern is the amount they charge here for the portion size. Food is great but usually when I spend this amount of money to eat I leave feeling full.
Been eying this place for years, but wasn't sure if it was worth trying. Read some good reviews and a few friends recommended it so decided to take my husband there for his birthday last summer. We had an early reservation so got seated in the far corner of the restaurant sort of tucked away. The inside of this restaurant isn't very large, so it's a great place for an intimate, romantic dinner. We loved all the dishes we ordered. Everything was cooked perfectly, presented nicely and tasted good. Between the two of us, we had their scallops, lamb, duck & ahi tuna (I think) and we were super happy with our choices. The portion to value ratio was good, between the 2 of us, with drinks included the bill came to about $150, which was not bad considering what we got. Definitely worth trying. =)
We were here to celebrate our anniversary. I had checked out their website but they did not give any prices. I called up and was told that prices of appetizers were $8.00 - $16.00 and entrees and main courses were $29.00 to $34.00. They also have a 3 course seasonal menu for $50.00 +. I agree with a previous comment that it is a very small menu. There are basically about 7 appetizers, 7 entrees and 4 desserts to choose from. The wine list is also very pricey.
The food was very good. I would not classify it as outstanding but it was good and about what I would expect for the prices that they charge. We shared a Caesar salad that was very good. It was not too heavy on the dressing and it was garnished nicely with parmesan crisps. For the entrees we both had a pork dish. My husband had the seasonal special of pork tenderloin and pork cheeks wrapped in potato crisp and eggplant. I had the pork belly in cassoulet. The entrees were beautifully plated. We were given a dish of fresh greens with the entrees. I think our server said that they were pea shoots. The entrees were both very well prepared and very flavourful. For dessert we shared the lemon tart. This is supposed to be a specialty of the restaurant. It was good but I was expecting better since it is supposed to be a dessert they are famous for. I've had lemon tarts that are just as good if not better elsewhere.
Service was very good. Our wine was topped up during the course of the evening and the water glasses were refilled when required.
It is a very small room with only 10 tables so reservations are definitely required. We were seated close to a table for 4 and it was difficult not to overhear their conversations and they were not talking loudly.
Overall it was a decent experience and I would probably try them again. I would just be prepared for the small somewhat limited menu next time.
This is a small,beautiful and elegant restaurant. Expensive but for a special dinner it is worth it. The food is excellent and the menu always has something different. At our table we had the tomato soup and endive salad to start. Then the risotto, the chicken breast, the beef tenderloin, and the pork belly. Everyone was happy with their meal.
Meals are beautifully presented. Dessert is rich so you might want to share one between two diners.
Staff is attentive and friendly, and yes you can ask for the leftovers to be packed up to take home.
We celebrated Valentines Day a week later to avoid the hectic rush. Who wanted to run around town like crazy people for sub-standard service? Not us.
I've heard many good things about The Pear Tree, but I'd also heard stories of disappointment. Fortunately, our night was of the former instead of the latter.
The small menu is elegantly laid out, and the first page is a seasonal "fresh sheet" of a set menu. On the day we visited The Pear Tree, it consisted of tuna tataki with a chicory and cress salad, a main of pork belly, spot prawn rigatoni, celeriac puree, steamed veggies, and hon shimigi mushrooms. Guess what I ordered!
We started out with the scallop and risotto starter. The scallops were a little on the small side considering the price tag, but the dish was delicious! My companion commented that he loved the way the risotto tasted and the creamy texture. Although the dish was fragrant and smooth from the addition of cheese, the grains of the arborio rice were still distinctly (and pleasantly!) noticeable.
As you might have guessed, I ordered the Berkshire Pork Belly. It appeared to be braised in a pressure cooker and the thick ribbons of pork fat just melted in your mouth, typical to how Chinese "cou yuk" is braised until tender. I really loved the celeriac puree and the steamed vegetables - I just wished there were more! The spot prawn rigatoni had lots of flavour as well, and I loved how the chef kept the vegetables and the rigatoni "naked" as to balance out the richness of the pork belly.
My companion ordered the braised lamb shank, which was tender and and succulent. You could have literally eaten either of our meals with a spoon, the meat was just that tender. He was also extremely pleased to find that the same risotto accompanied his lamb shank. I had to agree - the risotto was a pleasant background to the meaty lamb. The staff also brought over a complimentary pea shoot and apple salad which went really well with the lamb shank.
For dessert, we had a choice between a chocolate ganache, creme brulee, a poached pear, cheese plate, or a lemon tart. Since M is not a dessert person, we shared a chocolate ganache, which was enough for both of us. It came with a streak of salted caramel and chocolate orange sorbet. The dessert portion was perfect, since the ganache was deliciously, sinfully rich. Although that was great on its own, I loved the canelle of orange-chocolate sorbet, which was garnished with candied orange peel.
We really enjoyed our dinner at The Pear Tree. The dining room is a little cozy, with a beautiful wine cabinet and pear tree art adorning the walls. Along with our bill, the maitre'd offered us bite-sized hazelnut macarons sandwiched together with a mascarpone filling. It was a great way to end the meal!
Came here for a friends birthday. Always wanted to try it and heard good things about it. For appys, we ordered the soup, micro greens and carpaccio. everything was great except the greens, not that there was anything wrong with it but just didn't "wow" you. For mains, my friend ordered the chicken, my other friend ordered the filet and I ordered the trout, everything was delicious. For desert, the lemon tart was amazing! The best! Service was very attentive and though you can't tell from the outside the room is really attractive. The only maybe negative thing I can say is the menu is quite limited. Chef Jaeger is not on Team Canada for nothing. Well done!
Wow!! I was very pleasantly surprised that our dining experience here on VD would turn out so well. Normally I would expect lack of service and poor food quality on probably the busiest day of the year, but I think this was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The room was just the perfect size and it was very comfortable. Service was just right! The lobster cappuccino was to die for and the Beef Tenderloin with Stilton Polenta was delicious. I almost wanted to lick the plate a the end. Dessert was outstanding - we shared the poached pears w/vanilla ice cream & chocolate sauce, creme brulee and chocolate ganache. The creme brulee is definitely the best in town.
Simply put the Pear Tree is one of the finest restaurants in town. The tasting menu we had was exquisite. The flavours were all so well balanced and the presentation was very pleasing. The service superb also. Well done Chef Jaeger and staff! We had dined at the Pear many years ago and have not returned since. Big mistake as this is definitely a must go to restaurant despite it's location.
The Pear Tree has had a lot of hype to it, so I was expecting a lot from the place. The location is tucked away in North Burnaby next to a burned down bank (odd), but the decor and atmosphere is obviously rather posh for the area.
The first thing that is easily noticed is how small the menu is. There is very little to choose from (just a handful of items). Then, you'll notice the very high prices. For something like rabbit, which is not a usual meal, I could understand, but for the rest?
The food itself was delicious, but the portions were incredibly small. I was certainly not satisfied by the meal, nor the appetizers. For the price, you ought to get something that is incredible. Nothing about the experience made me feel that I was really getting something special.
While the Pear Tree might be highly rated by food critics, the mass majority will not find this place worth the value.
The spotted prawn cappuccino absolutely blew my mind with its flavourful base and tender poached prawns. I don't know if there were portobello mushrooms in the base, but it sure tasted good! The little pastries that come with the plate are essential for both esthetics and add that bit of texture to the dish when you mop up the fine foam of the "cappuccino". The double smoked bacon risotto under the orange carmelized scallops was bursting with flavour although the orange on the scallops was hard to detect. The poached pheasant from the Table d'hote was tender and infused with pancetta and the braised lamb shank was well-seasoned. Appetizing plating on all dishes.
Would have preferred more natural lighting as part of its decor and the signage for the restaurant was hard to pick out because it was yellow text on light silver.
We had a beautiful dinner at The Pear Tree last month for a special occasion. The restaurant has a soothing, calm ambiance, tasteful but simplistic design. Service was top-notch, the waitress and the hostess came around frequently. The food was beautifully presented - we shared an appetizer, entrees, and finished off with a creme brulee. There are not too many fine-dining restaurants in The Heights area of Burnaby. Definitely recommended for an impressive outing!
We finally made it for dinner and it was a delightful experience. The ambience of the restaurant set the tone for a classy understated meal. The size of the restaurant was minimalist elegance and jsut what we needed after a particularly long and hectic work week. The service was confident yet not intrusive, and all our servers were knowledgable with the menu and suggestions. We were surprised at how quickly the food was ready, but when you see 6 kitchen staff working away at each part of a meal, and the detail that each of these staff put towards their creation, it reinforced the quality of the food and service from the kitchen to the dining room. As for food, the lobster cappucino and the scallop first courses were well worth the price. Our main courses of beef tenderloin and lamb shank did not dissapoint and desserts of creme brulee and lemon tart truly finished off our meal on a high note. Coffees were well-prepared and we were delighted to have a chef's creation sweet treat with our bill. We will be back for this refined dining experience, and thank you for a wonderful evening.
We have not seens the renovations but looking at the menu it's exactly the same as it was 4 years ago. I've tried 3 different main course but none I crave for. We enjoyed our first experience, something did bring us back and it was probably the simple and quiet decor. But I've seen the server (I think she is part owner) making eyes to her collegue when a little request was made at our table by a person of a certain age. I found that extremely unprofessional and the service is unconsistant. It is difficult to get good help these days!
The Anniversary Menu was a good 5-course tasting menu and was $150 for two, plus tax, plus automatic 15% gratuity. The service was that of a top-notch fine dining establishment and the gratuity was well-deserved. The ambiance was very nice and cozy. A beautiful orchid and "candle" made it feel elegant. The plates, cutlery, glasses were all very nice and the white linens added that extra level of sophistication. The food was very flavourful, well-balanced, and beautiful to look at. Each course was like a piece of artwork. The background was nice -- white plates and the food colours popped. You can tell this Chef knows what he is doing because everything was perfect.
The only problem was, all the portions were small -- very small. When we got to the dessert, we realized we were still hungry and wondered if dessert would be enough. The creme brulee was delicious, rich, heavier and more "filling". I would not have wanted a bigger serving of the dessert. However, after spending over $200 (added two cheaper glasses of wine), you want to leave feeling satisfied (not "full" but "satisfied"…and certainly not "hungry") even at a "fine dining" establishment. It really would have only taken just a little bit more here and there to fill the void. Maybe even a little more brioche, or some bread, a few more pieces of veggies, a touch more salmon? Instead, we left happy with the flavours and experience but still hungry. So…dinner was followed by a visit to the coffee shop to grab a scone, muffin, and lattes. My advice? Have an early evening "snack" before you go! It is "fine" dining and in this case it does mean less (really tasty & pretty) food at a bigger price.
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The Pear Tree is a nice little place with very limited seating. It took a few calls to get a reservation that worked out with our schedule. Our friends gave us a gift certificate a couple of years ago and we finally decided to use it.
One thing that made me feel uncomfortable was when we first entered and were asked if we had reservations, as if they expected us to say no. It may have been just me, but I didn't feel that welcomed into their business.
The food was delicious, but not amazing. We had the lamb and fish. The portions were that of which you would generally expect in a fine dining restaurant. (If you know what I mean.) The waiter did was friendly and attentive.
If you do decided to have dessert, I would recommend the creme brulee. It was large enough to feed two, which was good since we shared it. Well done on the dessert.
Will I be returning, considering how I live right across the alleyway? Probably not, the food was not amazing enough to make me crave for more. But it was worth the experience just to see what all of the hype was about. Hype indeed.
I recently went to pear tree for my anniversary and had a great intimate time. I had request to sit in a quiet spot and which they did do that for me. It was a small restuarant but it carried and great ambiance and great food. They do have a small menu, but everything on the menu is made to perfection full of flavour. I definately recommend trying to this place out, its nice, modern, good service, great food and a local neighbour with fair pricing for a fine dining place. I had the Spot prawn cappucinno bisque delightful, full of flavour and the prawns were cook perfectly. Then we had the trout, it was so so. wasnt enough flavour after if you had the bisque but otherwise the fish was cook perfectly. The scallops on bacon risotto was a killer, bacon and scallop goes really well with eachother. Then the pork trio. totally amazing. Dessert was sooo amazing. i wanted more. We had request to have a chef menu and he did it for us. I appreciated that they did us a chefs menu last minute when the restaurant was full that night. I was definately a night to remember and i will be back for more. last note** the buttery brioche was soo soft, moist and buttery** wouldnt mind seconds , but if we did then we won't have finish all 9 courses. Amazing.
Lobster cappuccino! WOW!!! Amazing! Wine... a wee bit pricey...but...they know what they are doing! Great for an intimate dinner or a group. Food was off the charts good! Pork belly and risotto are my favourites. Finally...microgreens that are actually microgreens. Wonderfully seasoned and a true treat to eat. Desserts are prepared with flavour and thought. Attentive and timely service witha great attitude! Well done! I will definately be back and I highly reccomend this place! Such a treat to Burnaby heights to have a first class restaurant within reach.
Recently my husband and I went to the Peartree for the first time. The food was very good (not much varity in the menu though) but overpriced and although the decor was lovely there was a lack of warmth to the place. We go out a lot and like restaurants that make us feel comfortable. The staff seemed to maintain an air of pretentiousness and I felt like they were doing me a favour to let us come there. The food was served much too quickly for a fine dining place and we had too many servers waiting on us so there was little connection to one person. I would have to think about another visit to the restaurant.
One of the best meals I have ever had was ruined by the abrasive, rude and very stand-offish attitude of the female manager/owner. It is really too bad that such a great chef chose to do business with someone so un-talented. I wouldn't go back because the service (at least the owner's) was so terrible. With so much competition, it's hard to believe that their business can succeed with her poor attitude. It is no wonder it was so quiet there on the night we went. We most definitely will not be going back.