DTK’s restaurant pick..
Wondering about the fancy name of this restaurant in the middle of Gastown? The word “abattoir” is a lesser-known moniker for slaughterhouse, which is a nod to the area’s roots as a butchery and meat-packing centre. Customers get to experience an intimate ambiance inside the cozy 1,200 square-foot facility that specializes in Canadian fare steeped in French influence, like the terrine of smoked foie gras served with toasted brioche ($25) and the confit pork shoulder and clams ($35).
Almost as famous as their dishes are the wine pairings created by wine director Lisa Haley. Additionally, innovative cocktails are available to order boasting quirky labels including Lost in Translation (Campari, sake, elderflower, lemon, orange, $12) and Champs-Élysées 2.0 (cognac, chartreuse, lemon, bitters, $14).