Pear Tree Restaurant
Pear Tree Restaurant is one of the higher-end restaurants located along the Hastings corridor in North Burnaby. I remember trying to visit this place once but was turned away because we didn’t have reservations and they were fully booked.
This time around, we made sure to make reservations… and it was a good thing because it’s a really small dining room. We started out with drinks… the Cardinal Punch with ginger ale, lemon, orange, and cranberry as well as the Dragon’s Well with pear vodka, pear juice, soda, and grenadine.
The complimentary house-baked brioche was served with superbly smooth butter.
Presentation is something that they take with pride here… take for example the Orange Caramelized Scallops with double-smoked bacon risotto. Not only did this taste awesome but it was very eye-pleasing as well with the large, seared scallops sitting on the luxurious risotto.
Not to be outdone, the Tomato Soup with chive whipped cream was dramatically poured in front of us. Of course, part of the reason for this is that the whipped cream melts quite quickly in this hot soup.
The 36 Hour Braised Beef Short Rib with crisp Rosti Potatoes, Mushroom Puree and Pemberton Salsify. As expected, the beef was super tender and a pleasure to devour.
Pea shoots and Roasted Pear Risotto. I know we just had risotto in the appetizer, but this was quite good. Still, I think I preferred the double-smoked bacon risotto (but I’ve got a thing for bacon).
Braised Alberta Lamb Shank served boneless with Seared Scallops. I’m used to enjoying lamb shank bone-in but I was quite pleased with this surf-n-turf dish. Like in the appetizer, the scallops were perfectly seared and caramelized
For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Ganache with a crisp nut base, salted caramel and orange chocolate sorbet. Chocoholics will love this dessert as the ganache is rich and pairs nicely with the light orange chocolate sorbet. It’s best to take a little of each component and enjoy the play between the sweetness of the chocolate, the saltiness of the caramel streak, the light crunch of the nut base and the smooth texture of the sorbet.
By comparison, the Pear Sorbet is a much simpler dessert yet no-less impressive. If anything, the pear flavour was just a bit too subtle.
Our bill arrived along with tasty Hazelnut Macarons and, I must admit, service like this does make a meal more enjoyable.
This restaurant is a bit on the expensive side but well worth it. Just make sure to make reservations.
4120 Hastings Street
Posted on October 5, 2014, in Desserts, European, Restaurant Review and tagged Braised Beef Short Ribs, Burnaby, East Village, Food, Lamb Shank, North Burnaby, restaurant review, Risotto, Tomato Soup. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.