After reading great reviews, I made a reservation at L'Abbitoir for this Friday for my parents anniversary. My parents are in their 60's and appreciate good food, although not exactly into the fussy, super high end category. L'Abbitoir seems to fit the bill, but looking for personal insight here.
(My parents love La Quercia, but my wife and I would like to take them somewhere different).
There will be 4 of us. No particular style of food, just looking for somewhere that will help to make it a memorable experience in the Vancouver area. ( not to sound cheap, but within a moderate price range is essential for us this year!)
Any insight on my original decision ? Or other suggestions ?
I would call back quick-like and see if you are in the atrium, which is a bit quieter and might be appreciated. Would love to hear how it goes, as we are contemplating a dinner there in a couple of weeks with the in laws. It certainly didn't seem fussy or high end when I was there at the beginning of the month. FWIW I liked it much better than La Quercia where I've been three times. It is what I would call casual fine dining if I ruled the world :-). Make sure they order the steelhead salad, drooling...
I was able to get a nice table in the Atrium as per your advice. My parents mentioned how much they enjoyed the atmosphere ... the noise level was perfect !
The service was flawless, great drinks ... and food outstanding. Unfortunately we didn't have the steelhead salad, but each of our mains were very tasty and beautifully presented. Our favourite was the halibut, next up the scallops, and the least was the steak Diane. It was actually quite labour intensive to chew through some parts.
They must have noted that it was my parents anniversary upon my reservation, as they noticed our long decision over a few desserts and brought both runners up with a candle and said happy anniversary. Really nice touch.
What a great experience in all. Couldn't have asked for a better evening for their anniversary .. !!
So glad it went well, and thanks for the confirmation re the noise level in the atrium. We are heading there on Sat. I had the steak Diane last time and thought it was tasty and well prepared if not terribly cutting edge. No problem with chewiness thank goodness. Chewy filet mignon is just not on.