Best known for its French-inspired fine dining for dinner, L’Abattoir in Gastown also started offering weekend brunch about six months ago with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty entrees.

The brunch service begins with a basket of baked goods, where you can select a pastry to start off your meal.  Between the Rhubarb Danish ($5) or Currant Scone with Jam and Clotted Cream ($7), I would recommend the scone which was warm and crunchy on the outside, with a generous slab of currant jam and clotted cream sandwiched in-between.

Baked Goods from L'Abattoir

Baked Goods from L’Abattoir

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Currant Scone with Jam and Clotted Cream ($7)

With a name like L’Abattoir (the french noun is translated to “slaughter” in English), it’s no surprise that the brunch menu items tend to lean towards the heavier meat-y side, with ingredients like fatty pork belly with poached eggs, or a quarter pound breakfast burger patty.

We ordered the only two items on the menu with mentions of fresh veggies listed in the description: The Poached Eggs with Burrata Cheese with Tomato Fondue and Grilled Bread ($17), which was said by our server to be popular with the ladies, and the Shrimp Frittata with Smoked Pepper, Hollandaise & Arugula ($17).

Pached Eggs with Burrata Cheese with Tomato Fondue and Grilled Bread

Poached Eggs with Burrata Cheese with Tomato Fondue and Grilled Bread ($17)

Shrimp Frittata with Smoked Pepper, Hollandaise & Arugula

Shrimp Frittata with Smoked Pepper, Hollandaise & Arugula ($17)

Because brunch seems incomplete without bacon or eggs, we ordered a side of Duck Sausage ($5) which were fat and juicy and almost bursting out of its casing with delicious flavour.

A Side of Duck Sausage ($5)

A Side of Duck Sausage ($5)

To accompany our meal, we tried the non-alcoholic mocktails: a tropical-inspired Passionfruit Smash ($4) and the Orange Julius ($4) which had the creamy citrus and vanilla flavour of an orange creamsicle.

Orange Julius (Fresh OJ, Egg White, Pineapple, Vanilla)

Orange Julius (Fresh OJ, Egg White, Pineapple, Vanilla)

L’Abattoir is located at 217 Carrall Street in Gastown.  The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch.  Check out the full menu here.

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