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Apr 20, 2014 10:43 AM

Better than Peartree?

I went to Peartree last night and it far surpassed anything I've had in Vancouver by a large margin. Is it the best restaurant in the GVA?

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  1. Consistency has been a challenge there since forever.

    Of course the same could be said of any place but rave reports are often followed by lukewarm ones and worse.

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Peartree, several years ago, and am looking forward to a return trip.

      1. I went about 2 months ago and it was awful. No kidding - every dish was a complete miss. Perhaps it was an off night? I'm so confused by all the praise!

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        1. re: waylman

          We're gonna give it a whirl for Mother's Day -- fingers crossed it's a "good" night. I'll report back.

          1. re: waylman


            Octopus Garden, Farmer's apprentice and Peartree are the best I've had in Van... and I've been exploring quite a bit!

            But I digress - I've only been to PT once. Looking forward to our return, however. I'll do a tasting menu and let the kitchen cook for us next. I also appreciated how modest the Wine list prices were.

            1. re: justxpete

              I've been to Pear Tree twice and was disappointed both times. The problem on the last visit was that most if not all dishes tasted like bacon.

              Vancouver has very few good options for great dining.

              Two I can offer would be: La Quercia, Vij's, not sure where else.

              Although I do like Octopus Garden, their quality to price ratio is good at all. The quality is about the same as Ajisai and prices are about double if not more (from what I see at the end of our meals). I haven't left Octopus Garden with a bill for less than $200 for 2 - Ajisai is typically about $40-$70 for 2.

              1. re: quddous

                " ...... most if not all dishes tasted like bacon."

                So, what exactly is the problem ?


              2. re: justxpete

                Based on our meal tonight (a sample size of four) Pear Tree is at the top for this type of dining here. It was better than Bishop's, heretofore the leader for me. They've been in business 17 years and are clearly doing much that is right.

                Great room architecturally and sonically, with just enough buzz to keep it from being too quiet and no yahoos on a busy Saturday night. Great unobtrusive service and lots of attention to detail. Agree with pete that the wine list is modestly priced. I picked a red at random for $50 and everyone sang its praises (I landed on it because it was made by the Lamborghini Winery, late of the same-named sportcars). All the food was on point, an interesting mix of old school and newfangled (tomato soup with gin gelee), 80s and now (desserts had spun sugar art and elongated brandy snaps "tongues"). The signature shrimp cappuccino was delectable, blanquette foam with prawns and custard cubes. Brioche bread light and yet rich. Short ribs I think perhaps done sous vide but at any rate ridiculously tender and flavourful (and a bounteous portion for $32) came with outstanding potatoes and veg (oh tiny artichoke hearts, how I loved thee). Scallops over risotto were deemed perfectly cooked and seasoned. Maple Hills chicken was perhaps also sous vide and came with more blanquette plus house made cavatelli. All four desserts were very well executed but the standouts were the chocolate ice cream and the sour cream sorbet on the ganache and the lemon tart respectively. Very respectable lattes on offer as well.

                Four apps, four mains, a bottle of Italian red, a cocktail, four desserts and three coffees came to just over $300 after tax and before tip. We were all more than comfortably full. And there is free parking within a block on a Saturday night. I'll be back.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Glad to hear your experience was similar to mine. I'm going to return this weekend for a full tasting menu.

            2. Peartree is one my favourite local restaurants, but if there's one fault we notice is that dishes are sometimes over-salted.

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              1. re: ghague

                I, on the other hand, think it's one of the few places that seasons their dishes properly. Many places in Vancouver under-season their dishes. Farmer's apprentice is another example where everything is properly seasoned.

                1. re: justxpete

                  I'll have to go back with the SO to get a proper reading on the salt levels. I went with my parentals and brother, and we are all salt fiends.