First off, a very happy late new year in 2018! I know it’s February but it’s never too late.
There’s a new casino in Yaletown/downtown Vancouver called The Parq. Does it live to Vegas-style with the food? There’s a lot of restaurants inside to check it out. What better way to document by visiting The Victor at Parq Vancouver.
Located at 39 Smithe Street in Yaletown of Vancouver, this modern Pacific Northwest seafood / steakhouse describes Vancouver’s fine dining food scene. This restaurant has a rooftop that views Science World over False Creek and feels very Vancouver with the downtown skyline with the mountains in the background. Here’s a bonus: this place is kid friendly. 🙂
I believe The Victor opened sometime in January this year so in 2018 or in mid-December of last year so it’s been opened for less than two months.
It wasn’t my first time at The Parq and I had to ask for directions on where the Victor was located. The concierge was super helpful and walked me the elevator. I originally went towards Honey & Salt..If you want to hear about Honey & Salt at The Parq. You can read about it very soon. We did visit when it opened this past fall. Maybe you’ll see a post sometime this month.
After we exited the elevator and walked towards the restaurant, you definitely know you come here for the atmosphere and ambiance.
My first initial thought was that I needed to visit again in the summer while enjoying the rooftop patio views of downtown Vancouver.
When you open the door, you see creepy bugs and blood on the walls. That is not the type of decor I’m into but it sure got my attention. Here`s the photo for your judgment.
There’s a bar (of course) and a dining area. They just opened and I also noticed the sushi bar at the back of the restaurant. We happen to visit during Dine Out Vancouver and after browsing through the regular menu, I opted for the Dine Out menu. You get to try the “best” features at the restaurant so why not? As you walk through the restaurants, you forget about the bugs and see classy seats.
Also, browsed through the drinks menu and I saw they had a “French 75” version on the cocktail menu. However, we were not dining for a celebration. We were out to check out the food and catch up in real life. Otherwise, would have ordered the “French smash” with the champagne and bubbly. We’ll save it for another celebratory day.
The ingredients on the cocktail menu was easy to read and they had a good selection that meets everyone’s needs. From diplomatic to not-so-diplomatic cocktails, they have it covered on the type of mood you’re looking for.
I asked the server if the All is Fair is a good choice and he said yes so I trusted his judgement. I strongly recommend the All is Fair if you want to start the evening with a not-so-diplomatic cocktail.
Another good cocktail is the amaro on fire, which is basically when Italy and Mexico meet. It’s very refreshing since it contains tequila and lemon. It is the perfect drink on a rainy day. It’s just sunnier inside. 🙂
Below is what contains in the tasty cocktails from their website and bolded the favourites.
- All is fair – bulleit bourbon, amaro montenegro, sweet vermouth, cherry & aromatic bitters
- Amaro on fire – cazadores blanco tequila, triple sec laphroaig 10yr, agave nectar, lemon
Also, sampled the following as we were in a group:
- Emperor’s sour – empress 1908 gin, lavender syrup lemon juice, creme de violette
- Any last words – sombra mezcal, luxardo maraschino, green chartreuse, lime, creme de violette
Rational decisions – bulleit rye, fig syrup, noilly pratt dry, lemon juice, cracked pepper (I’m not so sure on the cracked pepper at the top. It’s rather different.)
The potato gratin was so buttery and the cheese was a nice touch. Butter is the best. I could have eaten two of those so easily. Butter and cheese goodness.
If I don’t manage to post from now til February 14th, happy (early) Valentine’s day. <3 May you have lots of lovely treats and spend time with your love.