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A few things you should note about Gastown’s L’Abattoir: It’s in a building that was Vancouver’s first jail and its name is French for “slaughterhouse.” Allow these points to intrigue rather than frighten because this new venture into French-inspired West Coast dining is impressive. The seasonal menu offers dishes like poached halibut with mussels and spinach dumplings, and the staff ain’t half bad either: Head barman Shaun Layton’s exceptional cocktail program includes the namesake Slaughterhouse, a take on the Sazerac that’s delicately misted with green Chartreuse.

From: Canada's Best New Restaurants 2011

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