Events & Celebrations

L’Abattoir – An Homage To Gastown

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It goes without a doubt that L’Abattoir is among one of Vancouver’s top-tier fine dining restaurants. Situated in the heart of historic Gastown, this “industrial-chic” restaurant has been serving Northwest cuisine with a French twist to patrons since the summer of 2010. Thanks to the amazing vision of Chef and Owner Lee Cooper, this little restaurant has been bustling since its opening and continues to challenge the palates of diners who want to try something exquisite. Although the translation of l’abattoir might seem a bit disconcerting (it means slaughterhouse), there is a reason for it. Back when the building was built in the 19th Century, it was the site of Vancouver’s very first jail. The building was located in the city’s main butchery and meat packing district which makes the name very fitting and a true homage to the history of Blood Alley, Gaoler’s Mews, and Gastown altogether.

Private Dining At Its Finest

If you’re looking for a more intimate experience while dining, I encourage you to consider the private dining room L’Abattoir has to offer. Extending from their main dining area, you will find more brick and beam-style architecture surrounded by industrial glass, steel accents, and classy overhead chandeliers. Windows providing natural light can also be opened to welcome fresh air into the room. With a total of 1,200 square feet available, you can choose to book the entire space or half which can be divided by a noise-reducing barrier. Either room can seat up to 24 guests. Combined, the space can seat a total of 50 seated guests, or host a reception of up to 70 standing guests. Asides from the comfortable seating, the private rooms also come with built-in audiovisual and coat check. The hospitality provided by L’Abattoir ensures that you have what you need to focus on your event and can be customized with enhancements.

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Come For Brunch, Stay For Dinner

L'Abattoir+Food+-+Lightly+smoked+duck+breast,+crisp+confit+leg+meat,+blackberry,+cabbageIt goes without saying that anytime you open the dinner menu at L’Abattoir, it becomes a choose-your-own-adventure story. If you are the type of diner who is willing to challenge yourself, deciding on what to order is not an easy task. The French inspired West Coast menu offers fresh ingredients and all sorts of protein including arctic char, mackerel, duck, and veal. Their appetizers alone are enough to leave you speechless: fresh homemade cheese, foie gras tart, baked Pacific oysters – I digress. As for drinks, needless to say, L’Abattoir has an extensive wine list and several featured house cocktails including the Gaoler’s Mews and the Gastown Sizzle (don’t you just love the local love?). Brunch on weekends showcase a different menu with a variety of pastries and breakfast items including poached eggs with Canadian bacon, steak and eggs, and a delicious breakfast burger. From 10am to 2pm, you can also order from a special selection of bubbles to go with your brunch – the perfect way to end the week and kick-start your weekend!

With so many reasons and opportunities to visit L’Abattoir, I hope I have convinced you to consider making it your choice for your next date or private event. Every visit of mine has been exceptional and I can guarantee you will leave with a very satisfied palate. Reservations are strongly encouraged, so book your table today!

Events & Celebrations

WELCOMING COQUILLE FINE SEAFOOD

WE ARE DELIGHTED to welcome to Vancouver’s diverse and elaborate food scene a new fine dining seafood restaurant, Coquille. Located in our historic Gastown on 181 Carrall Street, Coquille serves up an array of fresh seafood and shellfish dishes created by locally acclaimed chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen, and partnered with our very own Nin Rai, founder of Truffles Fine Foods. This new nautical-themed restaurant has already made a huge splash with local foodies. Building on all the positive feedback this eatery has received, here are some reasons why we are so excited to talk about what makes this new restaurant both praiseworthy and a contender for your next culinary adventure.

Upon entering this newly renovated establishment, you will immediately feel like you have just boarded an ocean liner from the early 20th Century – a lovely homage to the rich maritime history we have here in Vancouver. From the plank floors to the mahogany tables and brass light fixtures, no details were skipped to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for diners. I particularly admire their choice of colours – cool, subtle, and relaxing yet elegant.

Come For The Drinks, Stay For The Food

The drink menu features a variety of house-made cocktails (such as the Coquille G&T – a must-try in my opinion), prestigious BC and international wines, as well as locally crafted beers and cider. As for food options, there are several dishes here that would challenge your palate in a very pleasing way. Coquille offers a variety of freshly shucked oysters, small plates, seafood platters, and even soups and sandwiches. If you need some convincing, I encourage you to check out their Instagram feed for some gastronomical inspiration.

Putting “Happy” Back In “Happy Hour”

Happy Hour has really been challenging for myself as of late because Vancouver, simply put, has too many options for me to choose from. As we are a coastal city, finding seafood is not all too difficult; however, finding it at a reasonable price is another story.

Well, friends, look no further because Coquille presents us with offers that are too delicious and tempting to pass on. Available daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. & from 9 p.m. to late, their Happy Hour menu had me nodding and shouting, “Yes! Sign me up and take my money!” Trust me when I say this: It’s worth the visit. Although it has yet to be officially released on their website, here is a sneak peak of what you can expect to find on their Happy Hour menu:

50% OFF ALL OYSTERS & SHELLFISH

Octopus Toast

Fritto Misto, Aioli

Cod Croquette, Malt Vinegar Aioli

Crab & Shrimp Rolls

Tuna Tartare

BBQ Fish Collar

Hand-Cut Fries

Considering coquille is the French word for “shell”, a menu with such an appealing oyster special seems very befitting, right? From Royal Miyagi and Kusshi, to Beau Soleil and Shigoku, diners are presented with several options to select from – all of which are half off during Happy Hour. Perhaps you are just stopping by for a drink? Their cheap beer and cocktail options are a great way to unwind and goes very well with the other menu options.

I digress. Coquille is a truly unique restaurant that has a lot to offer. Regardless of what time of day you are stopping by, the ambiance and food will leave you talking about it for days. Once again, I am more than happy to welcome this new restaurant to the Vancouver food scene. I only hope it does not get too busy otherwise getting reservations will be tough! Check out their website when you have a chance and be sure to follow their Instagram to witness their latest culinary creations.