Abigail's Party is modern bistro in the space previously occupied by Tangerine's.
Just came back from an intimate birthday celebration dinner and tried Abigail's for the first time. They have a very nice patio up front situated on a slope (15 seats) and about 20 seats indoors. Very cozy place with dark furnishings and simple design. They have a pretty extensive menu considering how small their kitchen is, but you can order your steaks, fish, and burgers here. We split the poutine (average( and Abigails salad. Salad is salad...lightly dressed with vinagrette dressing and grapes were added as the wow factor. I ordered the baked halibut and the taste was nice, unfortunately mine was over-baked so turned up dry. The sides, roasted potatoes and yellow beets, were nicely done. Dishes served on rectangular plates and care was put into the final presentation of the garnishing. We passed on dessert to save tummy room for gelato.
Service was unpretentious and casual. We actually had two servers and they were able to coordinate between each other to provide a seamless meal. No hitches, yet nothing spectacular occurred. I was just happy that drinks arrived, hot food was served at once, and the bill was correct. We completed our meals within 2 hours.
A good spot if you're in Kits.
I was mildly disappointed last night when I finished my dinner at Abigail's. It was only last October I was just there enjoying a very yummy dinner. What happened??
We went on a Wednesday night around 6:45pm and it was dead quiet. We were the only table. It wasn't until 7pm that there were more customers. I guess it's busier on a Friday night when we were there last. It was more vibrant and exciting last time.
They've done a complete revamp of their menu and they no longer offer the same dishes we had last fall. It's too bad, they were quite delicious.
So we placed our orders without drinks this time and the waitress seemed a bit annoyed, but it wasn't one of those nights that called for a drink. I ordered the Big Al's Beef Burger-Spring Creek beef, Yukon gold focaccia, aged cheddar, double smoked bacon, garlic aioli, butter lettuce, crispy onions, fries & pea shoots
The only thing that saved this meal was the tasty poutine that I subbed for the fries. However, the taste of the entire dish was bland and boring. The meat patty was huge but lacked the wow flavor that I had experienced before. My hubby ordered the House-made Ricotta Gnocchi-Braised Grande Prairie bison ragu, Italian parsley salsa verde, shaved pecorino. The sauce was yummy but man the portion was small! And he went home with a stomachache so that was not good.
The "chef" kept coming in and out of the restaurant all throughout the prep of our meal - I think for a smoke because he was drenched head to toe from the rain outside. I thought it was hilarious because he must've gone outside at least 3 times in the 15 minutes that we waited for our meal.
I don't know who decided to change the menu, but I think it was a huge mistake on their part!
All in all, probably a good place for drinks and a small bite, but not for a full meal. There are definitely other places nearby that can offer you more.
I do hope they bring back their tastier dishes otherwise it will be a dead quiet night every night. =(
I was so disappointed with this place!!!
We went and got the duck confit (meh), something else (couldn't have been that memorable) and the braised lamb shank with trufflled mac and cheese. The lamb was cold and soggy, the macaroni tasted boxed and with a sprinkle of supermarket brand truffle oil (or maybe nothing). There is a reason why it seems like a bargain!
Still, I loved the ambiance and the location is good. I would recommend sticking with wine and basics.
We live just around the corner, and we decided to try it out as it seemed like a nice place once we poked our heads in.
I wasn't too terribly hungry, but even so, the tiny menu seemed a bit odd. It really is small. I do love a good Nicoise salad (emphasis "good) so I ordered that with tuna. I think it was $18 so I had high hopes. My wife ordered the burger described below with fries. Our drinks came in a hurry (the drink list is full of those syrupy concoctions with unpronounceable liquers and words like "muddled" - can we please bring back the old school drinks - please? My kingdom for a greyhound made with white grapefruit juice).
Anyhoo, our food took so, so incredibly long to come. My wife wouldn't let me say anything so I stewed and my expectations grew. The place was empty when we showed up so there was no excuse to wait over 20 minutes for two very simple dishes. When it finally showed up (sans explanation or apology) the salad was limp and overdressed in a vinegary dressing of very little substance. I counted five little olives and three asparagus spears and three wrinkled chunks of grainy tomato (ew). There was a fair sized chunk of tuna but it was overcooked. Overall it was a meagre portion for the price, let alone quality and flavor. The burger was nothing to write home about, just your typical burger that a dozen other places do just as well for half the price. The fries were good. There was nothing about either dish that suggested any particular lengthy process of any kind was required. From the other reviews, it seems like the kitchen is just really slow.
The music was way too loud. Thankfully the people beside us asked them to turn it down and they did. The tables are too close together and overall the place is really dark, like nightclub dark.
And lo and behold, to cap the night, two smug-looking parents dressed in beach clothes towing two mewling rugrats show up and order the a la carte macaroni for their kids, while the kids whined and fought and shrieked and were generally ignored by the parents who were nose deep in two giant pints of beer. I won't go on another rant about kids in Kits restaurants...but they stepped out of a car: i.e., they could have gone anywhere. AND they were both drinking. If you're just going to feed your kids garbage, i.e. salty fat and carbs (a la carte macaroni and cheese)...go to McDonalds!!! And hit the cold beer and wine store on the way home.
So yeah, Local is better for food and drinks but it's often really, really busy and filled with googly-eyed suburban morons with popped collars, flip-flops, sunglasses on the backs of their necks and bad sunburns who think they're on Rodeo Drive.
Bistro Pastis is probably the best alternative, and it is a million times better in all respects, although a tad more expensive (it's so worth it. Go there right now).
Where to start? My friend had mentioned on a couple of occasions that Abigail's Party was one of her favorite local spots in Kitsilano, so we went there for dinner. We started with a bowl of roasted nuts with our cocktails - they were soggy and burnt. My "paella" arrived with two scallops,two prawns, two small pieces of chorizo, a medley of the strangest vegetables I have ever seen in a paella that were virtually raw, and the overall flavour was nowhere near any classic paella I have ever had... there was little or no saffron in it. Her tenderloin steak had to be sent back because it was not cooked as requested... the accompanying "risotto" was bland and had cream added, a definite no no for real risotto. The combination of loud music (The Rolling Stones Greatest Hits!) and too many people crammed into a small space made conversation almost impossible. It seems this place is trying to be too many things to too many people... a popular spot for Kitsilano trendoids, tasting sized dinners that are trying to be "on the edge" being served alongside burgers, a wine bar without one decent rose... come on, get it together! If you are looking for an obviously trendy spot that serves mediocre food at best, then this is it...
Been to Abigail's a few times in the past and decided to take my Gf there again for a "nice" date night dinner. All I can say is that I signed up to this website specifically to say that it is now crap. Terrible. Buttermilk wings were BLAND!! I've never seen wings this size with so little meat. The breading was flavourless and wayyyy too thick. Steak Frittes came cold and chewy. Side salad and fries were both disappointing. My Gf had the burg which was ok. Again the fries and side salad, which is just store bought greens with dressing on top, were bland and BORING.
Service matched the food, cold bland and boring.
Drinks were good.
Prices are high.
No wonder this place was empty. Just us. Alone with our heartburn.
This party is over.
I have tried this restaurant for brunch twice. The food was okay both times but the service was poor both times. It takes much too long to have your order taken, the food delivered to the table and then you don't see your server again until you hunt them down to get the bill. Something about the ambiance is off in that room although I can't really explain it.
When several of us tried it for dinner-well we all left still hungry after paying a rather large bill. We ordered a lot of dishes to share, which came to the table in odd spurts. We sat in between with nothing waiting for the next dish, then 2 came out together. The food was not that good and certainly not worth the amount charged for the dishes. We had to walk up to 4th Avenue to find somewhere to eat before going home.
So, they have had my three tries, and they are out.
Went to the "party" on a weeknight before heading out to Bard on the Beach. We were seated immediately, but then waited another 5 minutes to be acknowledged and offered a drink. We ordered our food right away so that we wouldn't be late for our show. Somehow, it took the kitchen nearly an hour to even get to cooking our food. We told the indifferent waitress our situation and she came back to tell us that they would start cooking our food and we would have our meals in five minutes. Five minutes turned into 15 and it was only after threatening to cancel our order were we given some food. In the midst of all this, somehow the waitress had the gall to give us attiude. Maybe she should have had a little more wine behind the bar with the other wait staff who were basically there to hold up the wall. My friend ordered a simple bruchetta along with her salad but we never saw it and had to get it removed from our bill. We ate our food so quickly, I thought for sure one of us would choke. We ended up just on time but extremely disappointed in the lack of service and the dismissive attitude of the staff, especially our waitress. Not once did she apologize or attempt to rectify the situation. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE. It isn't worth the time or money, I'd walk down the street to any other place in Kits.
Here I sit after one of the most despicable showings I've seen since Zefferelli's. Currently, I'm eating my papaya paella, which was absolutely inedible until I came home and tweaked it, along with my partner's gnocchi.
Why did I have to essentially cook these items myself? Well...
Arrived at 5:07 to an empty restaurant and were told to come back at 5:30. Score 1 for hospitality. We went to the Starbucks down the road to attempt to tide us over. These would be the only decent eats for the next few hours.
We got in and were greeted with a chilly reception and an even chillier restaurant. It was so cold that we had to keep our coats on for the duration of the meal.
20 min later, the Antipasto came. (Did I mention we were the only ones in the restaurant?) Two flavorless, crunchy risotto domes atop a pitiful helping of bland "marinara," grilled veg drizzled with balsamic (decent flavour, but it's hard to mess up plain veggies), and a heaping mound of mid-grade olives.
We finished the appy, somewhat incredulous but still hopeful (and, moreover, starving) for our mains. Originally, my partner had ordered the cheeky ravioli, but they were "out." Later, we learned that Abigail is a repeat offender: the duck was "out" as well. So we settled on the Papaya Paella and the Gnocchi.
The gnocchi was so dry that is became difficult to swallow without the aid of my (fruitfly-trapping) water. The flavour was decent, but nothing to write home about.
And then I tried my paella. Frankly, they should more accurately call this "bland yellow rice with essence of seawater and filled with peppers as filler to distract you from the meager seafood helping." I truly have never tasted something so bland.
I fixed this dish in under 5 minutes by adding white wine, butter, salt, pepper, cayenne, and (regrettably, but it needed it!) liquid smoke.
We bolted out of there too soon for dessert, freezing and aching to write this review.
Never go to Abigail's Party.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit this evening to Abigail's Party, a small (~40 seats) tapas bar on 1st Avenue West at Yew Street. The staff was attentive and the food and drinks were superb.
Both my wife and I enjoyed the beet salad which is comprised of mesculin greens with roasted red and yellow beets, tossed with a vinaigrette. It was excellent. The next dish we tried was the haricot vert with beurre noisette (pine nuts) - very simple and tasty, not overseasoned in the least, but not lacking anything either.
We also tried the grilled squid with chorizo, which was excellent, as was the scallops (pan seared) served with a variety of mushrooms. Both excellent dishes that my wife and I enjoyed equally.
For dessert, I had the lemon tart with cherry sauce, which was fantastic. My wife had the creme brulee, which I had a small taste of - with the orange and ginger flavours it was really refreshing.
The drinks we had were very well made and original. Well, my drink was well made and my wife's were orignal. I had a vodka martini (or two) and it was made exactly as I ordered it. You would think that this is an easy thing, being that I am very specific as to how I like my martini when ordering one. Unfortunately this is not the case. All bartenders are not created equal, as any dry martini drinker will attest. Long story short, excellent drinks :D
All in all, excellent food, excellent drinks and excellent service. I quite completely enjoyed my meal at Abigail's Party, a surprisingly small yet professional and attentive tapas eatery.
the service has to be the worst in vancouver.... food is a bit above average but the service is so bad it kills everything.
to get a good idea we went three times and each time the service was crap and i mean really crap. good luck abigail.
oh and get some coffee/tea cups those things are so cheap they go cold 2 seconds after you fill it. cheap
I have had the unfortunate luck of having to eat at this restaurant maybe 8-9 times, usually with friends or family the wanted to try it out. The Sunday before last was the final straw. We were moving, and stopped to grab a bite to eat. Abagail's was the only place close by that was still serving brunch, so we gave it one last shot. They couldn't screw up too bad on a simple breakfast order right? Apparently they could. Now they've never had the best service around. Usually they're a little overly chatty, and they always seem to screw up our order somehow, but this time was even worse. The server came by and we tried to order, but they were out of the french toast, and apparently they can't make the crab cake and avocado benny on an english muffin anymore. Even if you ask. The server told me to "just order the pancakes, they're better than the french toast anyways". So I did. My husband decided on another benny, and we requested the eggs hard poached. I also ordered their "bowl of seasonal fruit with honey and mint". When we got our order the eggs were soft, the pancakes were crumbly and inedible. The fruit bowl consisted of a ramekin with half an orange, some grapes and NO honey or mint. There was also a piece of pineapple so bruised up I couldn't eat it, and this tiny portion was 5$. We would have complained but the server was nowhere to be found. We did get a haphazard yell of "how is it?" from behind the stack of menus two seconds after our food was dropped off. Either way she didn't wait for an answer. After we were finished another girl came by to grab our (uneaten) plates. She didn't bother to ask if everything was okay or if we needed anything wrapped up, she just took them away and dropped off our bill.
Went for brunch. I had heard good things. First off, what a tiny, dingy little place - maybe could have made a funky wine bar/cellar out of it, but a restaurant? Hated the throbbing nightclub-volume music! For brunch? Come on! Maybe the rest of Vancouver enjoys screaming over their eggs, but not me. I would have hated to come here with a hangover. Now I know eggs benedict is hit and miss, but this was definitely a miss for me. A huge chunk of ham-like stuff that was supposed to be bacon, put me off instantly. Then the sauce was very thick, and very minimal. More like eggs benedict without the benedict. Hard bland potatoes, and there you have it, your $11 breakfast. I'm all for a party any day, but I hope no one every invites me to this one again.
Met a friend for breakfast on a Sunday morning and take note that they won't seat you unless you're both there. So...I waited for 25 min. as I had arrived 10 minutes early. I was anticipating a very good breakfast as the place was full and people kept adding their name to the waiting list. Finally we were seated and coffee was promptly served. My friend had eggs benedict that she seemed to like and I had the eggs and bacon. The breakfast was not hot and the eggs were not cooked as requested. All I can say is that this place is WAY too loud (music and customers), DARK and the tables are so close together it's hard to get in or out from your table. Servers seemed all over the place and not organized. This breakfast was way over priced for what you get and I won't be going back.
Great brunch at Abigail's Party this morning. The huevos rancheros had been recommended to me by a friend and lived up to expectations. My boyfriend doesn't really do brunch much and went with the shortrib hash which he loved. Service was ok, but we weren'y in a rush and the room was quite busy. Anyway the music was good and anyplace with organic eggs is ok by me. Will definitely be back.
I went here with my godmother to Abigail's party a couple weeks back, and mind you she is one picky lady!
We had an awesome server who spent sometime entertaining us with a story of his life before serving us our soup and bread - which I must say was quite enjoyable.
I had steak and yam frites which were fantastic, I am a big fan of yam fries and I have yet to find a place that served them this well.
The ambiance of the place was quite dark lit up with candlelight, I myself quite liked it but I think they could of used a tiny bit more light.
We had a great night and really did enjoy talking to our server - he definately made it memorable.
Unless you lived in the area, you would never know about this small restaurant tucked away on among apartment complexes on Yew street. But the fast service and top notch food makes it totally worthwhile to come out from any area of Vancouver.
We're all big fans of the benny, and with Abigail's offering six different types (7 including the feature), how could we lose? The rib hash is recommended and Abigail's benny is great for vegetarians, but the top of the crop was the feature of the day, the bacon and blue cheese benny. Try to get it if they offer it that day. And they all come with chunky hashbrowns: crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside!
It's a little pricey for a student like me (the rib hash was $12 and the feature benny was $13), but this place is a great brunch treat. I've been around the proverbial block, looking for the best benny, and I think this place has it!
A friend & I went to Abigail's last night, neither of us having dined there before and were we ever impressed. The very small intimate eatery is very cozy, perfectly lighted and conveys a most warm welcome. This is where people who are entering the biz of serving in restaurants should come to watch, listen & learn from! Hats off to the servers! The food was deeeeee-lishhhhhh-us! It was hard to make a decision, as both of us wanted everything on the menu... which ranged from a big beef burger (which I had mmm mmm mmmm!!!) to fish, steak, chicken & salads. All meals are wonderfully presented on top of being scrumptious, so hats off to the chef! You could just dine on the appetizers alone, a lovely selection to choose from. A palette of wines & beers to choose from to accompany your delicious meal is of course offered including Guinness! And to top our fabulous meals... we had hand made mini doughnuts in cinnamon & sugar with mexican chocolate sauce to dip them in... now this is one hell of a way to end your dining experience!!!
Can't wait to go back again... and again... and of course, again.
I have never received as poor service at a restaurant as I did at Abigail's Party last weekend. After waiting 15 minutes for a table - which was reasonable as it was fairly busy - we were seated and provided with menus. Our server was fairly friendly and took our drink orders right away. After selecting our food our server took our orders and that was the last we saw of her for the next 40 minutes. As the restaurant is very small we noted that tables who were seated at the same time as us were served and nearly finished their meals. Frustrated, we pointed this out to our server (who we had to approach as she was certainly not checking on us). She checked in with the kitchen and then we proceeded to wait another 20 minutes. Rather than apologize, she told us that we are to expect this as brunch is a very busy time for them. However true this may be, it was obvious that our order was misplaced as tables much later than us were already enjoying their meals. They were not apologetic and in fact annoyed with us for bringing our dissatisfaction to their attention. We ended up waiting a total of 1 hr and 15 mins.This place is not worth visiting - mediocre food and absolutely terrible service (as is noted by my one star rating). There are much better restaurants on the same block with friendly staff and great pricing.
My sweetheart and I doubled dated with another couple for this year's DineoutVancouver. Of the vegetarian menus on dineout, abigail's had the best enticing selection.
Abigail's $28 three-course vegetarian combo deal included creamy potato soup, mushroom tart, and chocolate mouse for dessert.
I'm quite finicky about my soup...I care about the quality of consistency and texture, and I expected my creamy potato soup to be a thick and clumpy mixture of melted butter, cream, potato, and fresh herbs. I was not impressed by Abi's version of one of my favorite soups. Their rendition of a creamy potato soup was in short a blended warm-milk starch paste with lots of salt. I felt my cells shrinking as osmosis balanced the solute-solution gradient. Blah~ H20!!! My beau's bruchetta was definitely tastier and worth the value.
The entree turned out quite nice. The mushroom tart and a green salad. Can't go wrong with that, and I ain't hating on it. I'd order that dish if I ever return.
The chocolate mousse though was the surprising event of the dinner. Bear with me as I elucidate my ideal chocolate mousse...mmm...chocolate mousse...a dark chocolate concoction thickened with egg yolk and heavy cream, layered with blended bittersweet chocolate with a splash of espresso liqueur, and topped off with a dollop of fluffed cream and shaved spiral coulis. Takes a heart and soul to make, but man~ one spoon it, and you're flying with cocoa bliss~
What Abi served: Chocolate pudding in a cup? WTF. Really brings you back to the reality of what the supermarket shelves.
Sigh. What I learned. Too high of expectations ain't good for trying out a new restaurant. Abi's been hyped up. Regardless...Give it a try and see it for yourself just to say you've "been there and done that."