L'Abattoir, Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6B 2J2
Tel: 604 568 1701
Concierge.com's insider take:
Manhattan has its Meatpacking District, Vancouver's Gastown has Blood Alley. It's named for the buckets of blood spilled on cobblestones by butchers who ran businesses around the turn of the century, when payday muggings and robberies were commonplace. Today it attracts club-kid hip restaurants, bars, and boutiques that cozy up to decaying brick and restored post-and-beam timber ceilings. L'Abattoir plays on the butcher theme in name only—the food here is contemporary and not as meat-centric as one might think. The downstairs bar is small and cold even though it nuzzles up to the kitchen, but it warms up quickly when people waiting for tables begin to gather. Upstairs, the main dining room mixes modern with rustic-chic—a glassed-in courtyard with a chandelier of sinewy driftwood and whitewashed brickwork that plays off ornate tiling. Lee Cooper's imaginative menu is chock-full of creative pairings and intriguing preparations, like the steelhead trout ravioli, raw Pacific oysters with asparagus strudels, rabbit cannelloni, scallop and oxtail dumplings, or roasted flank steak with rich sweetbreads and charred onion.
Open nightly 5:30 to 10 pm, bar open to midnight.