Located in fancy-shmancy Gastown, L’Abattoir is by far one of the cooler places I’ve been since leaving the always trendy Montreal social scene.
Gorgeous interior inspired by modern and rustic design concepts, mason jar lighting and long corridors with open wine cellars are only a few of the gems you will encounter here.
Their posh menu looked amazing ( I gawked as food went out from the kitchen ) but I can guarantee that their drinks are as delicious as they are unique. My favourite was the El Camino (not pictured) and consisted of watermelon infused tequila, aperol, fresh lime, agave nectar, grapefruit pop, and a salt rim. Ya, it was that amazing.
If you haven’t already heard about them, you live under a rock.
Japa Dog truck at Burrard and Haro
Japa Dog is the latest culinary craze sweeping the streets of Vancouver. This Japanese-style hot dog received international attention after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where locals and tourists alike lined up around the block to get a taste of this unique street fare.
Terimayo Japa Dog
At long last, I got my chance to try the famed Japa Dog. I ordered the Beef Terimayo, a grilled beef hotdog topped with onions cooked in a teriyaki sauce, japanese mayo, and shredded nori. My fellow culinary adventure-seeker ordered the same but subbed the beef dog for a cheese one and skipped the nori.
The Terimayo Japa dog was a surprising success. The hotdog itself was delicious and didn’t taste like processed garbage (as many hotdogs tend to taste) and the taste combination between the hotdog and the teriyaki onions was phenomena. The shredded nori was alright because I like sushi, however I’d skip it next time around because I wasn’t that impressed.
Cheese Terimayo sans nori
Nori hotdog not your thing? Don’t worry, they sell unexciting hotdogs too. And, with a variety of sauces and garnishes to suit your liking from the classic ketchup and mustard to sriracha and wasabi, you’re bound to find the perfect flavour combination, you might even surprise yourself. Check out their website to view the full menu, each location is different! Live adventurously, eat Japa Dogs!
Nothing beats good street meat. Happy EATING!