Sometimes, it takes very little to make me exceptionally happy. Life right now is filled with things that make me happy. A couple weeks ago in Vancouver, I was blessed to enjoy wonderful live symphonic music and the virtuosic talent of Lang lang, the internationally renowned pianist. I couldn’t ask for more; some wicked people to enjoy live music with, beautiful music to massage my ears, and tantalizing deliciousness for my tummy!
The wicked people I mentioned, some very accommodating friends, allow me to drag them to all the restaurants I want to try. So I heard about this restaurant, called L’abattoire in Gastown. When some of the best palates I know, people like melodie and j @palettetraining, tell you ‘you have to try it’, you set your mind to making it down to L’abattoire.
Let me start of by saying the place is bustling! It is challenging to get a reservation here so, call in advance or you’ll sit at the bar, which is more than fine. The cocktails are artfully crafted and delicious!
AT the BAR
After much deliberation and embarrassment, I ordered a Hanky Panky – Gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, Orange twist. (*doesn’t help that I’m out with one of my fiancé’s best friends) Just perfectly executed! The drink, I mean. It was just the right strength for my liking and the herbaceous citrus was a refreshing balance to the hardness of vermouth. “It’s going to be a wonderful meal”, I think to myself – I can tell!
We decided to order double starters, instead of mains – always a great way to go if you like variety. That said, it is very challenging to eat out if you are vegetarian like our friend that night. No, really. No joke, not even pescetarian. You really have one choice. So here are our choices.
Dungeness crab and chickpea toast – 13
Toasted brioche, light garlic custard, carrot pickles
– almost like a foam, the airy texture seemed to float on your tastebuds and carry all the tastiness – removes all need to aerate! I would eat this everyday.
Marinated North Arm Farm beetroot – 12
Tallegio custard, pears, pumpkin seeds
– the whipped texture of custard tied this whole dish together
Poached Six Masters Farm egg and black truffle – 18
Potato gnocchi, leeks, pecorino
– gnocchi is done to gooey perfection and so is the poched egg as it runs
– you know the dishes that make you stop mid-sentence and close your eyes to enjoy this bite in all social awkwardness? This is it.
After a spectacular dinner, we ran 15 blocks to the Orpheum, caught a cab for 3 of those blocks, and enjoyed the technical orchestration of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto – The end. Talk about slowing life down right?
Service: laid back, professional and genuine. Bartenders had great recommendations and some slick moves on the cocktails.
Likelihood to return: very certain!
Food/Coffee: food is pretty mind-blowing
Chillness: 4.5 chill chairs