217 Carrall Street
T: 604 568 1701
Brief Description: A chic, unpretentious Gastown restaurant that dishes up French-meets-West Coast cuisine.
I have just gotten back from another wonderful dinner at L’Abattoir and I felt I had to share what a remarkable experience it was…again. Is it just me, or is this place underrated? Although there is a slight buzz about it, I expect to hear a lot more about a restaurant that is producing such impressive food and cocktails. For all the details on L’Abattoir you can read my post from a few years ago. This post is more to show you the beauty of the food (look at that presentation!) and to mention (again) how truly great it was.
Gastown Swizzle – $11
Complimentary bread basket
Ceps (porcini) with pork belly and jus gras – $30
Roast filet of Pacific Halibut with pasta of Dungeness crab and pork, asparagus – $33
Steak Diane with charred onions, potato fondant, peppercorn – $33
Brown butter clafoutis with poached rhubarb and rhubarb sorbet – $9
The appetizer special was unbelievably good, with succulent, firm ceps (porcini mushrooms) and tender pork belly finished with a luscious foie gras jus. Both mains were plated beautifully with flavours that were perfectly balanced. The dessert was also a treat, although by this stage, we were too full to fully appreciate (but my god, is it beautiful!).
I have to ask myself why I don’t go there more often and the only valid reason I could think of is the cost. The prices are on the high-side (although, the value is there) so it is more of a once-in-awhile kinda place, or a special occasion place for me and my budget.