There are a plethora of places to enjoy traditional dim sum in Vancouver, but there’s always room for one more, right?
1886 is the newest eatery to hit the Chinese Fine Dining scene in Vancouver, and while the flashy new all-velvet-everything decor may hint at a higher price point, there’s really not an incredible difference between this new spot’s cost and beloved dim sum institutions in the area such as Kirin or Dynasty.
The elegant restaurant located on the 3rd floor of Parq Vancouver was named after the year Vancouver’s Chinatown was established, and its menu is an ode to dishes from the four culinary regions of China: Canton, Szechuan, Hunan, and Shanghai.
Like most popular dim sum restaurants, 1886 has the classics and then some. But this particular space is over the top in terms of service, ambiance, and experience – and we kind of love it.
Its got a dinner menu packed with morsels such as Szechuan Drunken Chicken, Peking Duck Salad, and XO Crystal Lobster Pan Fried Dumpling, along with a dinner dim sum selection, and a BBQ, live seafood (think Nova Scotia Lobster), and and Peking Duck Tasting Menu to name a few.
The daily dim sum menu, which differs from the dinner time one, has some seriously innovative offerings, and they are something to get pumped about if you’re looking to try something new.
Fried, steamed, baked – you name it they serve it. Patrons here can dive into a world of world-class, fresh offerings in a space that makes you feel VIP.
The service is impeccable – order the champagne, tea, or table-side roast duck service to see what we mean.
The tea is imported from China, and in a multi-step process, poured, steeped, sipped, and poured again to achieve the perfect amount of flavour and infusion. The tea service is an art form in itself and it’s a guaranteed dinner-and-a-show if you opt for this during your visit to 1886.
Getting edu-tained is the cherry on top of an already enjoyable dining experience at Parq, it’s probably best to end on a sweet note with one of the eatery’s desserts.
So while you may have been curious about this new concept at the highly-anticipated resort on Smithe Street, we urge you to head in, glide past the live seafood tank, take a seat in the plush velvet booth, and enjoy the 1886 experience for yourself.
Address: Parq Vancouver – 3rd floor, 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Hours: Dim Sum from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Dim Sum and a la carte menu available daily); Dinner from 5 to 10 pm (10:30 pm on weekends); Overnight service (VIP) from 10 pm to 5 am