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Weekend Brunch at The Urban Pear
The Urban Pear
The Urban Pear
The Urban Pear
The Urban Pear
Weekend Brunch at The Urban Pear
Weekend Brunch at The Urban Pear
Foods from The Urban Pear

2013 Jul 28
This restaurant has changed hands from Ben Baird to Jeffrey Frost (the new owner). The new owner aims to pursue a new Saturday brunch (in addition to Sunday brunch). Let's keep our eyes on it. Hopefully it's another great venue for weekend brunch.

2013 Jun 9
Urban Pear have a notice on their website that starting from June 1st, weekday lunches and weekend brunches as well as Tuesday dinner are postponed / cancelled until further notice.

Basically the little sister Food Truck has been more of a handful than they expected and both are sharing a fairly small kitchen. Thus lunch / brunch and Tues dinner cancelled to keep up the standards.

2013 Jun 1
Went with my nephew there Friday as part of his belated Bday since I was away on the actual day.

He liked Ottawa Streat East food truck and Brian / Elsie gave us a tour of the truck at the street truck event for city hall so this is his choice for the lunch.

First we did not know there was parking next to the restaurant so I paid $5 for street parking on bank street when there was a free spot around the corner.

Both of us like the steak and caramelized onion sandwich but they were out of it. As one of the 2 main dishes priced in the teens, I wonder why they don't stock more ingredients. The grilled pear and brie sandwich did not appeal on a day that is 32 degree plus humidex.

My nephew looked for a long time and finally decided on the orcchitoo (sp?) which is ear shaped pasta with carbonara sauce and peas. I had a taste of it and the lardons were very salty (but with my Mom's heart attack, I might be especially sensitive to it). I think I would have preferred asparagus instead of peas since it would add a bit more contract of textures. He liked it but I can tell it did not wow him. It was $20 and a fair bit of pasta, probably more than a normal appetite for lunch.

I normally like duck confit and I also like risotto so after some consideration, I finally choose that one where the risotto is done with fava beans even thought it was more food than I would like when we are having/ splitting a starter. The duck was well done with crispy skin but it was fairly heavy for a hot day. This would have been better in the winter where the heavy comfort meal would have been better.

The risotto was fine but was a tad insipid beside the duck and the fava beans did not impart much flavour to the rice. This is not typical of a lunch dish end of May almost beginning of June so I was wondering if they are cutting down on their lunch menu options and replacing them with more pricier dinner options from night before or that evening to save prep time(duck confit and fava risotto is $26) since they also have the street truck taking focus during the day.

Forgot to say that we split a quail ceasar salad ($15?) to start. I was eyeing the scallop and shrimp cake or the antipasto plate (both priced in the teens and likely same as dinner appetizers). It was too hot for the onion soup with beer which I want to try another time.
The waitress was nice and pre-split the salad starter for us. The quail is nice idea but fail in practice since it was tiny and very fussy to eat with the tiny wing / breast and it was a tad undercooked.

I don't mind spending dinner prices at lunch for good food but this lunch you can tell it is a sous chef is cooking. We got there late at 1:30pm so we were the last patrons so no competition for attention of the kitchen.

I think I would either hit the food truck at lunch or do dinner instead at the restaurants but would probably not do lunch there during the summer. If I do lunch, I would do it early at 11:30 or 12:00 instead of a day I had something on and have to fight traffic/construction since they ran out of good lunch special.

2012 May 5
The two last dishes were the duck breast in a rhubarb sauce on top of a French toast. The only dish I did not get to taste.

2012 May 5
My buddy had the strip steak. I was in the mood for steak but this cut doesn't really impress. The caliber of this restaurant you would think a hanger or flat iron would be on order. I did get a taste of the brisket mack and cheese and I would order this dish just for that. Steak cooked to the chefs recommendation and the home made ketchup a nice sweet touch no complaints from Warren.

2012 May 5
My pan seared pork tenderloin was pink and wonderfully juicy. The potato perogies were nice and crunchy with the spaghetti squash another texture that changed it up. The chipotle aioli could have been a touch stronger. This was my first try at fiddle heads that were salted pretty good so who wouldn't like these roasted jewels.

2012 May 5
Tried The Pear last night and we enjoyed our meal very much. Started with Antipasti plate for two. Yumm my favorite were the olives but the buttery brie cheese was a definite stand out. We got some extra bread from the kitchen that went so well with the garlic and house cured duck prosciutto.

2012 Jan 8
Have visited this restaurant twice in the last few weeks where I tried out the dinner appetizer menu and the lunch options.

We didn’t have much time at dinner so we opted to share a number of appetizers. They all came beautifully displayed and enjoyable (total with two glasses of wine ~$85 including tip):
- mixed green salad with cranberries, granny smith apples and roasted walnuts with a vinaigrette dressing – a nice mixture of flavours
- pan seared sea scallops with a chive and preserved lemon mousse cake and smoked mushroom compote – very tasty
- charcuterie platter with some local cheeses and smoked duck prosciutto - wonderful

For lunch we tried:
- beef short rib open-faced sandwich with mushrooms in an extremely flavourful sauce, this came with a side salad – I have been dreaming about eating this again (~$12)
- pork tenderloin pieces with a quinoa filled spring roll, mushrooms and a teriyaki reduction – comment made that it was a bit bland but mushrooms were good

Both times the service was polite, knowledgeable and efficient. The room is long and narrow with a padded bench along one long wall and windows along the other (unfortunately looking out onto a parking lot). During the day, these windows give the room a very bright feel. On the day we visited, it was a nice winter day and it was fantastic to be bathed in sunshine.

Looking forward to returning for a more leisurely dinner.

2010 Nov 30
Can anybody comment on the current average prices for lunch and dinner.

The website has a sample menu with no prices.

2010 Sep 24
I went here for the first time last week was was very impressed - I already have plans to return. I started with a squash and coconut soup, which was delicious, and for my main I ordered the lamb, which was great, though a bit chewy. I love how many different types of vegetables I found on my plate, including some amazing mashed potatoes with cheese, and a mushroom/corn sauce. For desert we shared the concord grape crème brûlée, which was fantastic. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere - refined, but not at all stuffy.

The only critique I would have is I found the portion sizes actually too large - probably something I shouldn't be complaining about! But despite being starving when I first came in, after the very generous portion of soup, I wasn't able to finish my entree, much as I would have liked to.

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2012 May 17
Here is the mixed antipasto plate we shared on Mother's Day

2012 May 17
My filial unit took me here for Mother's Day brunch this past Sunday. I've been here many times for dinner but this was the first time for brunch (I didn't even know they were open for Sunday brunch). We shared the mixed antipasto plate which was so beautifully presented we almost didn't want to eat it (see photo). We were not crazy about the duck prosciutto - thought it needed a touch more salt - but everything else was good, especially the hunk of brie cheese and the pickled eggplant. Filial unit then had the poached eggs served on a garlic aioli, sweet potato rosti, some kind of greens and brisket. She loved it. I managed to get a bite - had to remind her that it was MY day - and it was really good. We were blown away by the eggs - the yolks were deep yellow and very flavourful. Waiter said they get the eggs from a farmer in Almonte. I don't think I can eat supermarket eggs anymore. My main course was the pasta salad. I am not a fan of pasta salads but was intrigued that they had this on the menu. It was penne pasta in a balsamic vinaigrette with potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, bacon lardons, asparagus spears all served on a bed of greens. Each individual thing in this dish was good but taken together it didn't work. The serving was too large and it was heaped on the plate haphazardly. Not a fan of the pasta served with potato and with egg. For dessert we shared a peartail (their take on a beavertail) served with raspberry compote and quite possibly the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had. The peartail was crispy fried dough dusted with sugar and was easier to eat with our hands than with a fork. The service was, as always, professional (i.e. friendly, knowledgeable, attentive).

2011 Nov 28
I went there with a few friends.

- Everybody thought the food was good, with the exception of the horseradish sauce that came with the poached eggs in potato skins (see picture top left) the flavor was too strong.
- They had a lot of hot drinks to choose from.
- The portions were appropriately sized and not huge.
- The chef did not mind making modifications to the dishes listed on the menu.
- The staff was very friendly.
- The big windows let in a lot of light which was nice. It was almost like sitting outside.
- The place was baby friendly.

I would definitely go back, especially since the menu changes every week. That makes it interesting.

2011 Jan 9
Thanks to the great resources of Ottawa Foodies, we made a great choice in picking The Urban Pear for Sunday brunch today! Love all the great content on this site.

The Urban Pear has been around since 2002 and can be found at 151 Second Avenue, almost at Bank Street. It is a 40-seat restaurant walled in glass.

The menu for Sunday brunch was crafted just the day before. Both the Entrée menu and Appetizer menu, had 6 choices.

We were served slices of white bread along with soft butter, infused with rosemary and lemon.

The bottomless coffee was $2.

Guest #1 had farfalle pasta with 'sweet mama' squash, pear and chipotle cream sauce. It was topped with slices of cubeb pepper and cinnamon dusted pork tenderloin, cranberries and wilted kale, fresh cranberries and a sharp cheddar (switched from the suggested blue cheese). $19

I had the omelet loaded with double smoked bacon, brussel sprout leaves, diced pickled beets and St. Mary's soft goat cheese. It was topped with a summer basil pesto and served with a fresh green salad. $15

My date picked the poached organic local eggs with sautéed sage and grainy mustard spaetzle with braised ham hock. It was served on roasted squash, kale and organic mushrooms, bathed in an apple, lemon and thyme infused braising reduction. $18

Guest # 2 chose the beef short rib and caramelized onion sandwich topped with turnip and caper remoulade and yam frites, served with a fresh green salad. The menu also said squash catsup. Didn't see it. Maybe mixed in somewhere? $16

We tried one dessert - the vanilla bean and white chocolate crème brûlée was served with a small dish of macerated blood orange segments hiding under a ginger snap. $9

We were each very pleased with our choices. The many flavours complimentary and complex. The ingredients so fresh. (The custard in the dessert was dreamy and creamy!) Some of the plating didn't seem as upscale as the place but we were there for the taste, not the food art. The service was attentive, pleasant and prompt.

If you would like to see pictures and read more feel free to check out my blog writeup.

2010 Apr 25
My boyfriend and I just had one of the most delightful brunches we have ever had in Ottawa at the Urban Pear. We were started with fresh italian style bread, which was fresh, but not especially original, save for the lovely chipotle and honey infused butter that was served with the bread. I had the pancakes with sage infused maple syrup, freshly whipped cream and bacon. It was absolutely heavenly! The pancakes were perfectly fluffy, fresh and hot and the sage infused maple syrup was an unusual, but welcome change. My boyfriend had a flank steak sandwich with an arugula. I don't remember the exact details of his meal, but I stole a few bits and the homemade mayo was the prefect compliment to the steak. We finished the meal with a cafe latte and rhubarb crème brûlée with a homemade vanilla biscuit and sour cream ice cream. The dessert was perfect! I always appreciate a tasty dessert, made in-house. Boxed or shipped in desserts earn major thumbs down and often prevent me from returning.

The service was impeccable. Our server was polite, friendly and professional, and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. The atmosphere is quite pleasant - it's very quirky and fun, and somewhat upscale, without being stuffy. We will absolutely be returning to the Urban Pear for brunch, and also to test out the lunch and dinner menus.

2009 Aug 8
Had Sunday brunch with a few friends, and we were all very satisfied!! We started with the large anti pasti plate, and that was more than enough for three people.

I had the poached eggs with chicken sausage and potatoes, and absolutely loved it. The sauce was a nice portabello broth with nasturtium aioli. Very flavorful and definitely recommended.

My favorite was their french toast with bacon and cheese wedged in between. It was topped with a berry compote, and the salty mixed with the sweet was a great combo.

Brunch may seem pricey at first, but once you try the food, you'll quickly realize that it is well worth the money.

2008 Apr 14
Went here on Sunday with 3 other people for an 11:30am reservation. The place was mostly full, and the wall of windows along one side made for a nice sunny interior which displayed the original artwork on the walls very nicely (the artwork is for sale). Service was very casual and friendly.

We each had a different dish for breakfast: omelette with onions, chipotle, and other stuff ($12.99); french toast with bacon, maple syrup, and cream ($13.99); frittata with twice-smoked bacon and others ($12.99); and an open faced sandwich with fried eggs, some sort of meat, and others ($12.99). Each (except for french toast) came with assorted greens in a light vinaigrette.

I had the omelette and it was amazing. The eggs were perfectly fluffy all the way through, the chipotles were noticeable but didn't take over the flavour of the eggs, and other fillings were cooked to a perfect texture for an omelette (no crunch at all, but no mushiness). The french toast was also very well done and I gathered that the other diners were very happy with their choices as well.

Portions weren't massive, but were definitely satisfactory (I am a notoriously big eater).

Overall, you're definitely paying well above average for breakfast, but the kitchen really makes it feel worthwhile.

The Urban Pear is listed in the Entertainment book.