For New Year’s Eve, Pear Tree offered two sittings, each with its own special prix fixe menu. We opted for the earlier time (6:30pm), which happened to have the cheaper of the two menus at $70 per person. Pear Tree is relatively small, with fewer than 50 seats, which helps to give it a more intimate feel and what felt like more attentive service. Our prix fixe menu consisted of three courses.
For my appetizer, I opted for the orange caramelized scallops with double smoked bacon risotto. The scallops were seared beautifully and the risotto was just creamy enough. I could really taste the smokiness of the small bits of bacon.
Susanne went with the spot prawn cappuccino. This was like a foamy soup, having a flavor that reminded me of a seafood bisque, but with a much lighter airiness about it. I was disappointed that, while there were pieces near the bottom, it didn’t come with a whole spot prawn.
My main dish was the bacon-wrapped partridge with a partridge confit. This was served with potato and a vegetable medley. While it wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it (aside from the confit leg), it tasted great. I really enjoyed the crispiness of the confit. This entree made sense, don’t you think? A partridge in a pear tree?
Braised boneless short ribs with mushroom ravioli was Susanne’s main. Naturally, the meat was succulent and tender, but I almost liked the ravioli better than the short ribs. A very nice dish. We were offered a bowl of pea shoots too (not pictured), for some added greenery to both of our suppers.
For dessert, Susanne ordered the chocolate ganache with crisp nut base, accompanied by a scoop of orange chocolate sorbet. This wasn’t actually as rich and sweet as it looks, which is a good thing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a light dessert, but there is definitely enough here to get your chocolate fix.
My dessert sounded relatively simple with a lemon tart and a lemon sour cream sorbet, but that crisp on top really helped to bump it up a notch. I like lemon desserts and this one was no exception.
We were also provided with complimentary petits fours, including a couple pieces of great Earl Grey dark chocolate. Adding in a couple of cocktails and a French press coffee, the total bill came to just under $200. That includes taxes and tip. This certainly is not an inexpensive meal, but Pear Tree Restaurant can very much consider itself to be a fine dining establishment with high quality cuisine. I imagine the regular menu would be more affordable too.
From Hakkaku Ramen to Chez Meme Baguette Bistro, the Burnaby North area along Hastings Street has a wide range of restaurants for you to consider, offering food from all around the world. Some are sub-par cheap eats, but Pear Tree Restaurant really is a great diamond in the rough.