L’Abattoir

IMG_3122.JPGSunday in Vancouver means brunch time! Located in the historic Gastown, L’Abattoir has been consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the country by Canada’s 100 Best. Fairly new to the brunch scene, L’Abattoir offers a small but satisfying selection of French meets West Coast brunch staples along with unique items on their menu that will appeal to just about everyone.

IMG_3125.JPGSet in a refurbished brick building, the interior of this multi-level place captures a careful balance of rustic versus refined. Arriving early, I was led into the atrium at the back and it was absolutely stunning! Minimalistic, open space with glass windows that extend to the ceiling allowing natural sunlight to draw in. If you ever plan on coming here, I’d definitely recommend getting a table at the atrium as it is much cozier and intimate.

IMG_3147.jpgFrench Press ($4.75) Kicked off our brunch with some coffee, of course 🙂

IMG_3127.JPGThe best thing about coming here is their feature basket of pastries ($5/each) which include Pain au Chocolat, Cinnamon Bun, Tayberry Berliner Doughnut to name a few.

IMG_3128.jpgTayberry Berliner Doughnut ($5) The doughnut was deliciously light and fluffy with a subtly sweet and tart custard cream filling.

IMG_3154.jpgCurrant Scone ($7) with jam and clotted cream. All of their pastries and scones are made in house – our waitress insisted we try their scone and I’m so glad we did! Knowing that it came fresh right of the oven was an added bonus. The scone was tender, flaky, and buttery. You bet I savoured every mouthful.

IMG_3159.jpgPoached Eggs with Smoked Pork Belly ($17) with cheddar sabayon and a homemade English muffin. A unique take on one of my brunch favourites! The cheese based sauce was a little rich but definitely heavy on flavour. The pork belly was nicely executed- tender and juicy. Having salad on the side offered something light to contrast the heaviness of the egg benedict. I honestly would have preferred hashbrowns with them since brunch is all about indulgence!

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