April 29 2015
Sink Your Teeth Into Gastown's Meatiest Restaurants
Written by Gastown Admin
Chef Lee Cooper creates French influenced West Coast fare in unique setting decorated with elegant French tiles and industrial fixtures. L’Abattoir was the site of the city’s main butchery and meat packing district and pays homage to Gastown’s colourful history with exquisite meat offerings like duck foie gras, barbecued octopus, grilled pork belly, and Pacific Halibut roast fillet. The food menu is paired with an eclectic wine program and impressive cocktail list by Head Bartender Shaun Layton – you’ll have everything you need for an exceptional dining experience.
Chill Winston is a great place to relax with locally sourced fare. The food-loving gastrolounge features comforting creations made with sustainable and organic ingredients. Only hormone and antibiotic free meat is served – the list includes free-range chicken, wild meats from Mark Hills Organic, eggs and pork from Walters’ biodynamic farm in Abbotsford. Chill Winston takes farm-to-table to another level serving fresh vegetables from their own plot of land at Earthwise Society farm in Tsawwassen. The menu changes every season to showcase market fresh food, so there’s always something new cooking in the kitchen.
Shirakawa offers guests a completely authentic Japanese dining experience with high quality meats and organic produce. Executive Chef and Owner, Takuya Motohashi, uses traditional teppanyaki culinary methods, which involves cooking meat on a Japanese-made iron griddle. Their signature Kuroge Wagyu steak is quite possibly the best steak you’ll ever have. Shirakawa serves the real deal – authentic Wagyu beef imported from Miyakazi Prefecture in Japan, cooked on a teppan grill to medium rare, and garnished with garlic chips and wasabi. The Menchi Katsu Sando, a deliciously unique fried hamburger on grilled Japanese milk bread, is another must-try.
The Flying Pig serves fantastic Canadian bistro fare, highlighting seasonal ingredients and fresh proteins. With a name like Flying Pig, you’d expect to find a lot of pork on the menu, yet there’s a variety of meat-loving entrees such as red wine braised beef short ribs, blackened steelhead trout, skillet roasted AAA tenderloin, and veal piccata. If you can’t decide on an entrée, try the Gastown Platter, filled with an assortment of meat-loving bites. The Flying Pig provides a memorable experience with great meat and an open concept kitchen, which brings the chef to your table.
When it comes to comfort food, Pourhouse does it elegantly. The menu revives old fashion comforts with plenty of refined, meat-filled offerings. Some mouthwatering choices include a signature burger made with house ground beef and homemade baked bread, and an English-style bangers and mash with house-made white pork sausage. Another divine choice is the tender pork chops, locally sourced from Gelderman Farm in Abbotsford, slow cooked, flash grilled and sautéed to perfection. Indulge in these sublime dishes in a room reminiscent of a century-old saloon with wood pillars, brick walls, and antique furnishings.
Peckinpah offers a quick fix to your meat cravings, serving tasty Carolina style barbecue. All meats are carefully sourced, and slow smoked in-house over white oak, alder, and applewood using traditional Eastern North Carolina dry rub seasoning and other time-test Southern ingredients. You can add more flavour to with house-made barbecue sauce, traditional chili vinegar, smoked jalapeno mayo and honey bourbon sauce. Get the true Southern experience and wash it all down with one of 24 varieties of bourbon.
Cork & Fin offers market fresh seafood in an inviting candlelit atmosphere. You can choose from tasty share plates, freshly shucked oysters served at their raw bar, and a spectacular seafood tower with three tiers of ocean goodness – which is worth visit alone! In addition to their seafood offerings, Cork & Fin has a delightful selection of refreshing original cocktails and fine wines to cleanse your palette. Enjoy it all in their main dining level, semi-private mezzanine or outdoor patio.
When it comes to oysters, this no-fuss fish shack does not disappoint. Despite their casual approach, Rodney’s takes their seafood seriously, serving a fantastic selection of steamed clams, mussels, and raw/pan-fried oysters – all delivered daily from top-line seafood suppliers. Professional shuckers (who are also quite friendly) serve Rodney’s fresh offerings. Wind down the day with their daily ‘low tide’ specials from 3-6pm for affordable raw oysters, wild sockeye, and more.
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