An Appetite for Adventure

Who would have thought that Canada, of all places, would become the hotbed of culinary talent that it is today?


By Ryan Yuh

While regional areas have certainly developed a reputation for specializing in one type of fare or another, we are now at a point where truly exceptional food can be found across the board, coast to coast. And given our nation’s diverse populace, it makes sense that such a colourful spectrum of places to eat would exist. Chefs have taken the lead to be creative, experimenting with everything from molecular gastronomy to blow-torched seafood in order to offer an experience that transcends merely satisfying the primal urge of hunger. Culinary talents, restaurateurs and mixologists have all recognized that dining out is about bringing people together. Combine that with cutting-edge menus and design-driven spaces, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

For those in search of such an experience, consider one of these exceptional restaurants the next time you decide to eat out.



Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, travelers and locals alike flock to L’Abattoir. The French-influenced restaurant is housed in a beautiful 19th century building that also happened to house the city’s first jail. As even the smallest details matter, the restaurant’s name is a cheeky homage to its historical roots, where the building was once attached to the city’s main butchery and meat packing district. Walk in and you’ll be greeted by the restaurant’s bar, where you can start your evening off with a selection from their fine cocktail selection before heading upstairs to indulge in the creations of chef Lee Cooper. An order (or two) of pan-fried veal sweetbreads on toast is an absolute must to wet the palate, offering up the perfect blend of crisp and tenderness with each morsel presented in sauce gribiche on toast. Because their menu is a reflection of the season, what you eat one visit may be drastically different than the next. However, L’Abattoir is consistent in their dedication to quality and molecular flair derived from their coastal surroundings. Try the duck breast roasted on the bone or the grilled heritage pork loin presented with a bright injection of emulsified salsa verde. Be sure to check out the private dining facility, a stunning 1,200 square feet merging the venue’s architectural past with contemporary design elements.