L’Abattoir’s Signature Modern French Cuisine Earns Restaurant Gold in ‘Best Gastown/Railtown’, Silver In ‘Best French’ Categories, and Sommelier of the Year for Lisa Haley at Prestigious Annual Awards
The L’Abattoir team has plenty of reasons to celebrate today after the Gastown hotspot won gold for Best Gastown/Railtown, silver for Best French, and Wine Director/Assistant General Manager Lisa Haley was named Sommelier of the Year at the prestigious 2017 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards last night.
“Lisa Haley landed on the West Coast a few years ago, bringing with her some Montreal savoir faire, a passion for natural and authentic wines, and a scholarly bent,” stated the magazine. “A great champion of her staff and customers, she walks the floor with calm assurance and no-nonsense style.”
Haley, who took on the role of General Manager at Burdock & Co. shortly after arriving in Vancouver from Montreal in 2013, went on to open Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar as Wine Director and Assistant General Manager — where her wine list earned the restaurant a Gold Medal for ‘Best New Entry’ at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival — before joining the front-of-house family at L’Abattoir later that year.
“Vancouver has been very good to me and it has been a really wild ride,” said Haley, who singled out L’Abattoir Owner/Operator Paul Grunberg, Chef/Owner Lee Cooper and the entire restaurant staff for praise in her acceptance speech. “We have so much fun here and we get to do whatever we want, and I share this very special award with the entire team. Gastown is such a fun place to work with so many great restaurants and I’m so excited to just be a part of it.”
L’Abattoir is no stranger to accolades — in its opening year, it was named Best New Restaurant by Westender and ranked third on enRoute’s esteemed list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. More recently, its wine program earned a Gold award at the Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards, while the restaurant was named the third-best restaurant in all of British Columbia and 24th nationally on the 2017 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
The Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards are judged by a panel of leading experts and critics, and handed out at a formal award show at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. A full list of winners from the 2017 edition of the awards is available at www.vanmag.com.
ABOUT L’ABATTOIR | Located in the heart of historic Gastown since 2010, L’Abattoir is situated in a refurbished 19th-Century heritage brick-and-beam building that pays homage to its history as the site of Vancouver’s first jail in the city’s main meat-packing district. Today, L’Abattoir has staked its claim as one of Canada’s best restaurants with a diverse array of French-inspired West Coast fare focusing on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients along with an ever-changing selection of classic and signature cocktails and a broad list of B.C. and imported wines. Whether in its front-of-house bar and lounge, elevated dining room and private, glass-and-steel-accented atrium, L’Abattoir offers dinner from Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Happy Hour daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and bar service until midnight seven days a week.
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