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.
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.
Good food and very good service. I guess that's the upside of a smaller place. Had to check the place out because of all that I've heard about it. It was really small, but that resulted in great attention from the very friendly staff.
I've been to Pear Tree 5 times: 4 times before their reno and 1 time since their reno. The first 4 times were incredible: the atmosphere was so warm and intimate; the food was excellent (nice presentation, high quality ingredients, delicious!); and the service was extremely high class and attentive. My husband and I had named it our favourite restaurant. Unfortunately, the last time we were there (in February), our experience wasn't quite the same -- the servers had divided all of their duties and we seemed to keep being lost in the shuffle (forgot to give us bread; when we asked for it someone brought bread but didn't bring butter because they thought we were asking for our second helping; never filled our water glasses; took forever to place our order). We were SO disappointed but haven't lost hope yet -- we'll give it another try!
I just perused the last two reviews, and was slightly shocked. To be certain, we had a celebration dinner weekend of March 18th at The Pear Tree, and were nothing short of completely satiated.
Firstly, the decor is quite zen -- nice clean lines, warm lighting, and although a small area, well utilized.
Smart little touches (such as the personal French Press that you will receive as your 'regular' coffee). An offhanded 'minimalist' menu that completely deceives -- the caesar salad (for instance) came with a lovely parmesan crisp that was the perfect accompaniement, plus made for a very inviting presentation. All portions were quite adequate, and .. warning -- the creme brulee is to die for. Wow.
True, it is priced in the upper echelon ($25 - 32 for an entree), but is well worth the creation. Note, if you need a vast array on your menu, you won't find it here. What you will find is incredibly well-presented, delectable items that please the senses!
Some of the staff were less refined than others, but engaging and pleasant. We encountered none of the odd behaviour described in the earlier reviews. As with any review post, I'd encourage people to consider what they wish to get out of the experience, and acknowledge that not every customer is pleasant either.
After reading review after review of how incredible the Pear Tree is, I decided to give it a try. The food done reasonably well, but the service was a disgrace! The floor manager had a “better-than-thou” attitude, and for a $200 meal, I really felt I deserved a little more respect and courtesy. When I made an inquiry about their services, she gave me a haughty reply along the lines of “I don’t know where you got the idea that restaurants do this… but OURS is a fine-dining restaurant!” (er… as if I had never been to one?) Her attitude was completely out of line and incorrigible. Restaurant-goers BEWARE!
Please do make your way to the Pear Tree. Terrific place, not crowded. Amazing food, service, ambiance. They completely redecorated the place.
Perfect treat. Price for a 3 course meal was around $65 per person which is not too bad. Good wine list.