This past Saturday night my wife and I dumped the kids and went downtown for a date night. We had a couple places in mind but no reservations. But since we were early we thought we might be able to sneak into a couple spots. We decided to try L'Abattoir first. We'd just missed the last open table. This is a busy place. But as luck would have it two spots were open at the bar. So we ate at the bar. We both enjoy it just as much as a table anyhow. The room is warm and chic. It's a mix of old Gastown and upscale hipster chic. Even though the bartenders all had a bit of that Billy miner hipster beard thing going on they were attentive, informative and even passionate about the fare. We had a couple glasses of rose to begin. Nice and light and delicious. We shared an octopus appetizer that was sensational. For dinner I had the pork chop special and my wife had steak. Both came on stone plates and looked like pieces of art. Both were wonderful. The pork may have been a tad salty but on just barely. For desert we shared a lemon tart that was seriously good. Light but satisfying. This place is not a budget meal out. My wife had another glass of wine and we also shared a desert beverage called a King Kong (also very nice) and coffee. With tip just north of $200. But if you can swing it, this is a seriously nice place for a dinner out. Maybe not the very best in town but certainly in the conversation. Well worth it.
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