Several years in the works, the ambitious casino-resort opening adjacent to BC Place stadium is taking shape, and now Parq Vancouver has revealed the eight restaurants/lounges in the project’s impressive portfolio.
The food and beverage program has been put together by James Beard Award-nominated restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Canadian Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates. Blau and Canteenwalla have been working closely with BC growers and artisans to come up with appealing concepts that will represent our global palate and regional natural resources.
“Vancouver is known globally as an amazing food city, and during my time here I’ve come to understand why,” says Blau in a media release.
One of the eight, Honey Salt, is a concept Blau & Associates already operate as part of their Las Vegas restaurant portfolio, though here in Vancouver it will be based on the food of BC.
The Parq Vancouver, which was approved in 2013 and entered the construction phase in 2015, includes two hotels (Western Canada’s first JW Marriott Hotel and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the DOUGLAS) along with a two-storey casino, meeting space, and close proximity to the city’s stadium and entertainment districts.
Here are the eight restaurants coming to Parq Vancouver, with details of each concept provided via media release:
Located on Parq Vancouver’s first floor, adjacent to the JW Marriott lobby and accessible via Pacific Boulevard, Honey Salt celebrates the bounty of British Columbia with regionally inspired, farm-to-table cuisines from locally sourced ingredients. Boasting a lively bar of regional beers, spirits, and inspired cocktails, and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (as well as brunch and afternoon tea), Honey Salt is a welcoming, comfortable restaurant infused with neighbourhood ambiance.
Offering high quality and creative versions of classic bar “comfort” foods, BC Kitchen is where guests can enjoy their favourite dishes – with a twist. Located on the second floor (casino floor), with an exterior entrance leading directly to BC Place, BC Kitchen boasts an extensive collection of local, regional, and international beer, and is poised to become a top pre and post event destination in Downtown Vancouver.
Inspired by Singapore night markets, Mrkt East is an innovative and immersive dining experience featuring a menu of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, and Vietnamese favourites. Guests arriving for lunch or dinner will engage with cooks as their dishes are prepared, and the restaurant’s coffee bar will serve a variety of specialty coffees, bubble teas, espresso and pastries. Mrkt East is located on the second floor (casino floor).
Opening this winter, The Victor boasts a vibrant energy that echoes and amplifies the city of Vancouver with a contemporary and seasonally inspired menu of Pacific Northwest seafood and steaks. Nestled alongside the sixth-floor rooftop park, The Victor showcases unparalleled views of the water and downtown skyline. With a centerpiece sushi bar, expansive wine selection and a cutting-edge cocktail menu, The Victor will be a coveted dining and nightlife destination for guests and locals.
Drawing its name from the year Vancouver’s Chinatown first emerged, 1886 offers an inspired menu of dishes from four culinary regions of China: Canton, Szechuan, Hunan, and Shanghai, with an emphasis on Cantonese cuisine. Located on the third floor (high limit gaming floor), 1886 is an elegant and modern dining experience, featuring a live saltwater seafood tank stocked with local and international varieties of white fish and shellfish.
Accented by a spectacular glass chandelier, Centre Bar serves as the social hub of Parq Vancouver’s casino and a comfortable place to meet and converse. Guests can choose from a selection of signature cocktails, high-end premium spirits, and wine by the glass while observing the action on the gaming floor.
An indoor/outdoor sky bar located on Parq Vancouver’s sixth floor spilling out on the rooftop park, D/6 is much more than a lobby bar serving the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel. With its inviting fireplace, bookcases, pool table, and a menu of handcrafted cocktails comprised of top shelf liquors and spirits, D/6 is a nightlife destination within a destination perched high above the city.
An evolving experience located on Parq Vancouver’s third floor (high limit gaming floor), Lotus Whiskey and Tea Lounge serves a variety of high quality, exotic, and internationally brewed loose-leaf teas during the day in a stylish and serene space. As day becomes night, Lotus presents an impressive selection of reserved whiskeys, scotch, and bourbon that will be a go-to for guests with a sophisticated palate.
Parq Vancouver is currently in the hiring stages, and will open this fall.