L’Abattoir has successfully cinched its place in my heart for favorite restaurant. Honestly, I’ve never thought I would name one as my favorite, but L’Abattoir has done just that.
I made Fannypack come with me for their $38 Dine Out Vancouver menu. In my opinion this was one of the better bang-for-your-buck restaurants as an entree easily runs you $30 here, and now you get a full meal for a mere $8 more. Food quality should also be dependable, even during Dine Out, but mind you I’ve only been here once, so I guess we’re about to find out!
Once again Fannypack allowed me first choice on food. I had my eye on the octopus here ever since Awkward Diner told me how amazing it was. So I picked the Roast octopus and fennel salad for my appetizer. It was accompanied by slices of green olives and smoked pepper squid ink sauce. Presentation was beautiful.
Even more beautiful??? The taste. My tastebuds were once again amazed. The octopus was extremely tender and meaty (nothing like the octopus served at sushi restaurants…tough and chewy!!). You could slice them with a butter knife (which was what I had) and was soft yet retaining some chew. The sucker parts were also roasted to a slight crunch. It was marinated perfectly.
I’m also a fan of fennel. They seem to be just lightly tossed with seasoning so they were mild, which was perfect as they didn’t take away from the awesomeness of the octopus. This was my favorite dish of the night.
Since I picked the octopus, Fannypack was left to get the Homemade duck pate. Served on top of sourdough and topped with vegetable pickles and mustard, the tartness easily cut through the richness of the pate. The ducky “aroma” wasn’t very prominent though, and if we didn’t know it was duck it would’ve been hard to tell. Some might not like that, Fannypack did though as she wouldn’t have been a fan of too much “duckiness”.
Oh, and since she had originally wanted the octopus too, I made her eat some of mine 😉
Finally I was able to get Fannypack to make the first choice for entrees. She picked the Veal picatta with saffron risotto and mushrooms a la greque. She commented that the sauce was a bit sour. However that seems to have subsided as she dig into her meal. A Google search later reveals that “a la greque/grecque” means cooked in vinegar or lemon juice. There you go.
The veal was a bit tough to cut, but it wasn’t to eat. The risotto was creamy almost like creamed corn.