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.
I have eaten at the PearTree a number of times. In the early days it was a real gem, great food, a bit quirky, I recommended it widely to friends and colleagues. But as the PearTree has become better known, and especially since the reno, I have been increasingly put off and insulted by what I perceive to be a haughty disregard for customers like me. Arrogant staff, patchy service, who needs that in a good food town like this? The final straw for me -- the final F-U that ensured that I will never return -- was to be asked for my credit card number in order to simply make a reservation for four, on a weeknight in December. When I questioned the staff member on the phone about why he wanted a credit card number, I was treated like an imbecile, and received a petulant lecture on the costs of having "no-shows" holding up tables. It took further questioning before it was revealed that the restaurant policy is to charge $50 PER PERSON for no-show reservations... you gotta be kidding. I wouldn't give out my credit card number to *anyone* on the phone, certainly not to whoever happened to pick up the phone at the PearTree. We had a great dinner elsewhere -- there's lots of competition, after all. Their food is still good but as far as I am concerned the PearTree is permanently off my list of places to go.
I have been going to the pear tree for a few years now and it is definately my favourite resto in the lower mainland. The food is always perfect, always perfectly seasoned ,best rissottos, best creme brulee ever. My service has never been anything but perfect.
In reference to wine nut I think the reason Stephanie may have took offense to your question is probably because as far as I know she is a sommelier if not she is well educated about wine. I myself am a chef and would think it would be odd for a table to ask to see me about wine as opposed to their server.
Dined there June 9th, and had a very nice experience. Decor is just perfect - very warm, comfortable, and classy. This restaurant rivals anything "downtown", and can definately hold its own. I agree with the previous reviewer - the lobster cappuccino was over the top - but I disagree with it being not great - it was fabulous, and very unexpected. Sidenote, they make an excellent whisky sour, and that's difficult to find.
We recently ate at The Pear Tree after numerous recommendations - the food was quite satisfactory, as was the ambiance. The service was lacking in that instead of having a specific server - food, drinks etc. are served by any available server - this has become a "serving" policy in many downtown restaurants, which does not, in my opinion, establish a "bond" with the restaurant or its staff. As far as the wine - well, if one is ordering a bottle of $400 wine in a local Burnaby restaurant - one should be familar with the wine one is ordering - I would not expect a local waiter or "chef" to recommend or have adequate knowledge as to deferentiate between two years of the same label. I would not expect that level of expertise at a five star downtown - from a "chef" or server! Overall, our experience was quite satisfactory for a local neighbourhood restaurant.
Before we dined here a few weeks back I did some research and concur with the general feeling of the Pear Tree. Food is great, ambiance is nice and the service is poor.
I counted 14 tables and 4 servers. A good ratio. We were seated and it took a server about 10 minutes to come by our table to order our drinks. I thought that was a bit poor. My wife who doesn’t like wine or most alcoholic beverages for that matter ordered a Long Island and I ordered a scotch. The server didn’t think they made a Long Island (but never found out) and said I think we have Glenfiddich and maybe Chivars. I said you mean Chivas and I’ll have the Glenfiddich. Another server came to our table to drop off the slice each of bread. Then another server took our meal order. Then another server brought some more cutlery. We saw all four. Then the server who took our drink order brought our drinks after 10 minutes. I had also observed her dropping off cutlery etc. at other tables in the mean time. Our food was brought before I finished my scotch and the wine I had asked for with my appetizer was brought as I finished it.
I have to say that the food was great. I had the scallops with risotto which was excellent and the halibut also excellent. Too bad the service didn’t match the food. Many restaurants in the lower mainland have that combination.
We have eaten there several times and it is more than oustanding. I can't believe people actually complaining. It is innovative, and superb food with a nice ambiance. Very high class and friendly service.
Maybe the complainers expect a fast food outlet in that neighbourhood
Our friends, my husband, and I (6 of us) have a vast variety of restaurant experience under our wings and I will not be execrating if I share with you that our night at The Pear Tree was by far one of our worse dining experiences we ever gad. The floor manager was unprofessional, the drinks were not up to standard, the food....well, the food...let me tell you that I would have rather dined at a fast food restaurant, taste was incredibly unacceptable, was far away from perfection, and the price was incredibly high for what we got served at The Peat Tree. If you care about the quality of your night, the $$$ you are willing spend on fine dishes, and would like good service to enlighten your dining event, do not waste your time in The Pear Tree.
I grew up in the neighborhood where this restaurant is located. Just recently my husband and I noticed that they renovated the restaurant. So we decided to go.
The ambience of the restaurant is pretty sweet, considering that you get this nice "classy" restaurant in the middle of an ordinary, local merchant-filled street. It being my first time, I cannot give comparison details on the before and after for renovations. But it does appear that much thought was placed into the new design of the restaurant.
I ordered the Beef Tenderloin, husband ordered the Lamb Shank. Ended up trading our plates as the cornbread plated under the tenderloin peices wasn't much to my taste. The Lamb Shank had much flavor and presentation for both were nice, but upon taking a test bite out of each entree, I didn't 'ooh or ah' over the experience.
This is a nice place to try out if you are in the area, or live nearby. But for the money we paid, would much rather enjoy something else downtown.
My husband and I have dined at the Pear Tree since 2007 and we have never had a bad experience or a bad dinner there. If you want to go to a restaurant where the food is fresh, delicious and the service is top notch, than this is the place to go. The menu is small just like you would see at any fine dinning establishment (this is not a Franchise restaurant people), but what they serve from the small menu they have is superb. My husband and I have eaten at 5 star restaurants and this one is definitely a Gem. Recommendations: The chocolate ganache for dessert (sweet, tart, salty and rich all come together in this dish), the lamb and the chicken dish. My husband has tried the chef's menu a few times to change it up and he loved it. So, if you want a place that is contemporary, with a small put superb menu with excepetional attention to service than this is it!
We had heard some solid credential about the chef, so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the food didn't live up to our expectation. It was good, but just ordinary good.
Our appetizers are the lobster cappuccino and seared scallops with smoked bacon risotto. The lobster cappuccino tasted good. It is sorted of in between a seafood mousse or chowder. The mini puffs that were put on the side were awful though. The scallops and risotto was a simple straight forward good tasting dish.
Our main: lamb shank and beef tenderloin. Too much taste of the lamb. Taste was ok. Honestly, we can use some nice salt on both dishes. There was an absence in flavour.
The dishes came very quick (I didn't expect that in a fine dining restaurant). And we finished them quick also (there is no need to slowly savour them). By the way, the restaurant wasn't full at all. There were quite a few tables empty on a Friday night. Would that be the reason why they served up so fast?
Finally we got a little break between the meal and the dessert. By this time, we weren't excited by the food offered anymore, so we just ordered coffee and a chocolate ganache with caramel ice-cream. The taste was good. We just wish that the size of the ice-cream (about 2 tbsp) is bigger than the ganache.
We drink dark coffee. But I'm just curious to see what kind of sugar they offer. When I opened the little lid, there was the regular granulated white sugar. And that is it. No other sugars offered. Quite a surprise.
When we go to fine dining, we usually ask the restaurant to recommend wine to pair up with the meal. However, it might be a mistake this time. The white wine that went with the seafood was too sweet. It is almost 2/3 of the way to ice wine. The red wine that went with the meat was awful. When we asked the server what was it, she said she didn't know what kind of wine it was.
The service was decent. Yes, I appreciated that the three different servers all came with a smiling face. Why did we get so many servers?
Behind our table was a group of 10 people. Four women and six men. Four couples sat in the middle and two men sat on both ends. When their main was arriving, I was just making a comment to my husband that all the men are the same beef tenderloin dish. And my husband observed something else...all the men were being served first. Just a little difference compared to my other fine dining experiences.
The decor gives you a feel of a fine dining restaurant. But the food and the service don't live up to what a fine dining restaurant should be.
We had a dinner. Not an excited one. A usual one that you can get from many other (not necessarily fine dining) restaurants. No, they don't make it to my re-visited list.
This place is simply amazing. We had the signature 5 course tasting menu and every dish was progressively better, tasted and prepared differently. The potato foam, from seemingly humble beginnings was transformed into a princely creation. The braised short rib melted with the touch of the fork. The service was also outstanding with a very attentive and informative wait staff. We are looking forward to going back again.
We went for the chef's signature tasting menu and it was delicious. The food was excellent and so was the service. It has a very cozy and intimate little dining room and also a large selection of non-alcoholic beverages as well as alcoholic beverages which I appreciated. This is not a cheap restaurant, but worth the price! There is also plenty of free parking around this area which is a bonus.
The lobster cappuccino was definitely fun and very yummy. The rib eye with stilton polenta was kind of disappointing. The meat was done perfectly but the pre-made block of polenta was hardly anything to jump for joy over. For a $34 main course it was neither filling nor satisfying. I enjoyed the ambiance and the company of my friends but once we all left we had to go out and eat again!
Note the menu is very limited and with six of us for dinner, together we had ordered every item on the menu from starter, main course to desert!
When anyone thinks about Burnaby, fine dining does not spring to mind. Other than Horizons and Hart house, it's pretty sparse out in Bancouver. A friend of mine from my work works here part-time. I always wanted to try it out since she told me about the Pear Tree. Overall, a real good experience. three courses and a large bottle San Pellegrino (I quit drinking about a year ago) cost me $75. Service is great since my friend served me ( I gave it a 4 instead of 5 so I don't bias my own review). Time between each dish was 15 minutes. Slower pace to enjoy the meal and drinks, typical of fine dining. Loster Capuccino was okay, not what I had in mind. A little over the top. I usually like seafood done simply to really enjoy the taste of the sea. Next was the scallops over risotto. Bang on. Exactly how scallops should be done, a bit or dark crust with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. The risotto was a nice contrast with the smokiness of the bacon. Main course was the Beef Sirloin. Pretty good. I can say I made better tenderloins at home. Presentation was nice with layers of flavor with the onion terrine and polenta. Great experience. Oh Winenut, BTW, who cares if Wine Spectator gave your $400 1997 Opus One a 96 when the 1996 was 97 points. Points don't make the wine, how YOU enjoy it is all that matters. Sommeliers are for people who don't have a clue anyways. Who needs an extra $40,000 cost to a small restaurant. If the "Tree" did have a sommelier, my bill would have been $20 more (for nothing).
As a self proclaimed "wine nut", I take my wines pretty seriously but must admit that I am the last person to proclaim that I know everything about wine and would often rely on the advice of the sommelier. Having been to the Pear Tree before, I know for a fact that they don't have a real sommelier on staff. So when it came time to order a bottle of wine, I was having a difficult time deciding whether the 1997 Opus One ($400) or the 1996 Opus One (also $400) was better. I then asked one of the servers whether she knew which one was better or if she's not sure, maybe the chef would know. The reaction I got blew me away, this lady got red in the face, took a step back with a hand to her chest and told me that "she's never had ANYONE tell her they wanted to speak to the chef about wine"...to me that's is a strange overreaction. She then went on to say that "if you really want to speak to the chef, you could, would you like me to get him right now?" Seeing that she already disapproves of my initial question, I didn't dare say yes and possibly create a scene in the restaurant. I then politely said that I didn't know which wine was better and maybe she would give me some advice. She then went on to tell me that according to Wine Spectator, 1997's climate was perfect and that 1996 wasn't as good, but the "only" advantage the 1996 bottle had was an extra year's vintage. So I took her advice and ordered the 1997 bottle. So after the meal, I went home to check Wine Spectator's website and to my surprise, I found that the bottle of wine I had actually had a lower score (94/100) whereas the 1996 bottle was rated (96/100). This got me a little mad, not because I chose the bottle of wine with the lower score, but that someone would actually give me such a rude reaction to my simple wine question and at the end of the day not even getting the facts right herself.
After visiting the Pear Tree for the second time this past weekend and having a similarly happy experience to the first, I feel that I'm comfortable giving the place a rating.
The highs - the Pear Tree is certainly a fish out of water in Burnaby, with it's retro decor and downtown-worthy cuisine, but that's wonderful for locals. The atmosphere is unique, intimate, and more than pleasant. Food-wise, I've experienced practically everything on the sparse menu and everything is easy to get excited about. From the mouth-watering scallops to the excellent tenderloin, the kitchen manages to create simple yet stunning dishes. In particular, I must call out the lobster cappuccino - a mind-numbingly scrumptious appetizer of lobster chunks in a frothed cream sauce.
The lows - there are several rather minor quibbles that I have with the Pear Tree. For starters, I am not a fan of the sweet slice of bread that is individually served to each person before the meal. Besides beginning such a fine meal with a rather odd shock to the taste buds, there is the interminable wait for it to arrive, only after drinks and dinner have been ordered. The next thing is the menu. As I have said, everything there is wonderful, but it is rather limited. I'm not one to need 20 items to choose from, but unless one of the daily specials appeals, it would be hard to want to come back more than a couple of times a year. Service is hit-and-miss (mostly hit), and the wine slection, despite an impressive glass wine cabinet separating the dining area from the kitchen, is somewhat pedestrian.
Overall, the Pear Tree gets high marks from me for stellar food and a cool vibe. The lobster cappuccino alone has got me recommending this place to all of my foodie friends. If the wait staff could be slightly more attentative, the wine cellar comprised of a few more exotic bottles, and they can fix that bread, it would warrant 5 stars and several visits a year.
If the Pear Tree opened up in Yaletown, it would be one of the best restaurants in Yaletown. The owners were crazy to put such an incredible restaurant in North Burnaby on Hastings Street but amazingly their insanity paid off and it seems they have made a real success. Incredible food, incredible decor, incredible service... unique dining experience. These people truly care about food.
Any time someone suggests the Pear Tree for dinner I get excited. I highly recommend this for date night or small more formal dinner parties.
we came here for dinner on my birthday.. i was so pleased with the excellent service we got and the food was really good. my husband loved the wine and we asked for seconds of their bread.. i have to say its one of the best i have ever eaten. so wanted to ask them for its recipe. everything we all ate was excellent from the starters to the dessert.. we will be coming back for sure.
What can I say - to summarize all aspects of the meal added up to this being probably the best overall meal I have had. While I maybe have liked an appetizer or main better somewhere else the Pear Tree is by fair the best overall dining experience. We were a party of 10 with ages ranging from almost 2 to almost 80. We are a multigenerational family of foodies. The scallop risotto & lobster foam appetizers and the pheasant, lobster, trout, rib eye entrees were 2nd to none - between the group of us we pretty much tried it all. Ah yes and then the desserts - here is a testimony - even the 5 fellas at our table ordered dessert (i mean, come on - how often do guys get dessert) -again we pretty much had and loved every dessert. The 10 of us have brought up this restaurant and the great food and a few of us have returned in the meantime. This review is from our dinner back in December but as we are all still talking about it - it is this foodie fav that will have us going back.
ps - what is really crazy is that we all grew up (but 2) and used to live in the north Burnaby area - when the pear tree first opened - we were fools - none of us went there - what fools to have wasted all those years with out the Jaeger touch - chef Jaeger and his wife are wonder hosts - I have read some reviews that advise the MRS is a wee bit frosty that certainly wasn't my experience - she appeared EURO trained and it worked for us. The servers had proper table handling - not reaching in front EVER, - See you all soon (tomorrow night actually, i am so excited and I am bringing a local to the restaurant for her first time- she lives only a few blocks away from the restaurant) and are sending all our friends.
right from the fresh brioche bread to the pear jellies, everything was amazing. My husband and I went to celebrate the year anniversary of my discharge from hospital and the whole experience was fabulous. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. to start, my husband had the lobster capaccino which was like a warm frothy milshake very rich and good. I had the microgreens which were light and perfect. Entrees My husband had the lamb shank with scallops I had the trout which was the best I have ever tasted. For dessert hubby had the ganache while I had the lemon tart which was wonderful. We both had a glass of wine with dinner. They have a great, extnsive wine list. In all, the experience was very positive and I can't wait for another occasion to go back.