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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ottawa: Urban Pear

This Wednesday, a bunch of restaurant agreed to give 25% of their sales to charity. That was excuse enough for us to go out. It's our second time at Urban Pear and I have to say, we came out disappointed. We had such a good experience before that we were a bit taken aback by the rushed service (we were in and out in an hour!) and what seemed to be inferior food this time around.

Don't get me wrong, it was still one of the better meal we have had in Ottawa, however, the expectations were way high.
We first shared the antipasti plate of Canadian brie, house cured chorizo, olives, pickled mushrooms, marinated eggplant, roasted egg plant and some slice of Anjou pear (right, $14.95). The eggplant marinade was a bit too strong.
May had the duck leg confit served with an excellent yellow turnip cake, candied purple cabbage , roasted parsnips, ruby red beets and a duck reduction ($31)



I had the beef tenderloin (rare, of course) which wasn't nearly as good as last time we were here. Well, ok, last time, strip loin was on the menu, which is fattier and therefore, more flavorful. So, I'm not going to make a big case of this although I thought I remembered the flavor layering to be a bit more interesting...
Anyway, the tenderloin was served with roasted garlic and cheddar cheese mashed potatoes , wilted baby spinach, sautéed mushrooms and a tomato water mounted with a roasted garlic aioli ($32)
Something we both remember was that dessert was very good last time we were at Urban Pear and this time, it did not disappoint either. The dark Callebaut nut and chocolate tart was unctuous, rich and with just the right amount of satisfying crunch. Now, what's up with the balsamic and thyme leaf ice cream? Nice experimental try but... it just didn't work and tasted wrong. Not enough to dim the greatness of this dish though. Nam!
We'll have to come back to Urban Pear to check service and food consistency...
The Urban Pear
151 Second Ave
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 2H6
(613) 569-9305

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