Visiting Vancouver from London, UK we chose to dine at L'Abattoir after reading good reviews. With such a vibrant, quality restaurant scene at home, we were not expecting too much from L'Abattoir but we found it to be a quality experience all round. Special praise to the mixologist at the bar who made an excellent Aviation (not on their menu) and set the tone with his warm, welcoming conversation - not always easy when also mixing drinks! Then upstairs for dinner. Highlights were the perfectly balanced starter of asparagus with poached egg and mushroom, and the reinterpretation of a classic Steak Diane. Nothing like the original whatsoever, but cooked with real confidence and skill. The only downside was a smoked duck dish which had too much sweet apricot on the plate, upsetting the balance by being too sweet. L'Abattoir is a friendly, relaxed restaurant with great food that deserves a visit.
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