AWESOME THING WE ATE #920 | Arrival Of Spring Finds Confirmation At “The Parker”


You know when the weather starts to change and you get confirmation of it in a restaurant? You can get yours now at The Parker with roasted turnips, house-made cheese, crispy bread, radishes, and generous spoons of parsley puree ($12) – so simple, strikingly pretty, delicious, and seasonally suggestive. As is the case with so many other dishes currently on the menu at the Strathcona/Chinatown eatery right now (pretty much the entire menu), it was like eating a sunny day in Spring. More plates and a cocktail or two of similar impact below…

237 Union Street | Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 |


GOODS: Weekday Brunch Service Now A Permanent Fixture At The Parker On Union

The Parker is located at 237 Union Street in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 |

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker had such a blast with their Boxing Week brunch service that they are making it permanent, rounding out their lunch menu with brunch and breakfast dishes. No need to wait until the weekend for a mid-day Bennie. Now you can order your favorites all week long. The Parker makes keeping that New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, locally sourced foods easy with a mouth-watering array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Choose from specialty items such as the cassoulet, made with poached egg, mushrooms and roasted garlic; the addictive chickpea fries served with house made ketchup; the Spicy Tofu Scramble, complete with mushrooms, quinoa and bok choy; or the eggs benedict made with poached eggs, hashbrowns and lemon hollandaise; as well as a daily menu that changes to reflect what is available from local farmers and foragers. The Parker also offers the perfect liquid complement to any brunch item with listings such as the Bloody Mary, made with vodka, tomato juice and tamari (wheat-free, naturally brewed soy sauce); and the Sake Snap, created from Osake Junmai, Stone’s ginger wine and finished with a pickled beet garnish. Read more

WELCOME: “The Parker” At 237 Union St. Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

We’ve invited The Parker – brand new to Strathcona/Chinatown – to join our GOODS section as a recommended local restaurant. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome, curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a tastier place to be.



The Parker



237 Union Street in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-779-3804 | Email:
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Photos: Katie Huisman



Chef: Curtis Luk
Owner/Bar & GM: Steve Da Cruz
Owner/Design: Martin Warren



The Parker generates less than one pound of waste in a month and has become a sexy destination for the discerning diner. Two seats at the bar will deliver a ringside view of Curtis Luk delivering his innovative menu whilst Steve delivers dynamite cocktails and expounds on his wine program based on the Columbia Watershed Basin. Open for Dinner only, the little room seeks to accommodate all dietary restrictions with aplomb.

The Parker serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm, with drinks until midnight. Reservations are recommended and can be made via or by calling 604 779 3804. Walk-ins are very much welcome.

DINER: Chef Jason Leizert & Steve Da Cruz Set To Open “The Parker” On Union Street

September 24, 2012 

by Andrew Morrison | Bartender Steve Da Cruz, chef Jason Leizert, and designer Martin Warren are opening up a new 20 seat restaurant at 237 Union St. in Strathcona this week (that’s between Harvest – which started serving ramen today – and The Union Bar). The tiny, 500 sqft place is called The Parker. The address was part of the same Onni V6A redux of a third of the block that went down a couple years ago. To my knowledge it’s a virgin space – never been used.

You might remember that Da Cruz and Leizert worked together previously at the ill-fated Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, which closed in January 2011. They went their separate ways after that, with Da Cruz working at The Waldorf (and briefly Tacofino) and Leizert running the kitchen at Boneta. Warren helped to build to original Boneta and Corner Suite, so he’s no stranger to either Da Cruz or Leizert. The Parker, then, is a reunion of sorts.

The concept is boutique vegetarian, and they’re aiming to produce nearly zero waste. The design is simple: just mirrors, concrete, recycled chairs, plywood tables. Leizert’s menu will be constantly changing to stay in lockstep with the seasons, with the prep, cooking, and plating being done at the end of the six stool bar (where I saw a thermal immersion circulator). I won’t detail the menu, except to say that it is inventive, reminiscent of The Acorn. Da Cruz, of course, has put together a tidy little cocktail list and a wine card with selections from BC, Washington and Oregon.

The Parker will be dinner only at the outset with brunches on Saturday and Sunday. They hope to be open for lunch soon. The soft opening is imminent (this week), so it’s worth pencilling it in for the weekend. Take a look at some shots… Read more

DINER: The First Look Inside The Upcoming “Tacofino” Opening Soon On East Hastings

by Andrew Morrison | I paid Kaeli Robinsong and Jason Susman a visit at their Tacofino construction site the other day (2327 East Hastings next to Campagnolo Roma and across from Red Wagon). Their 50 seater might be almost two months behind schedule, but it’s looking good and I’m happy to report that it’s very nearly finished. I’m particularly digging the big light installation by designer Omer Arbel (some of its baubles will be lovingly stuffed with cacti by Olla in Gastown). I’m also loving the wood block tables and chairs that they sourced from Cooombs. As you can see from the shots above and below, it’s a very simple layout. Its plainness – I think – honours the brand’s beginnings as an unfussy food truck – one of my all-time favourites. They’re aiming to open during the second week of July.

The 1,350 sqft Tacofino will be licensed; its bar – befitting the Mexican theme – will specialize in tequila. Steve Da Cruz from The Waldorf has come on board as the opening GM and is the fellow responsible for the cocktail list. He’ll also be serving two beers from the Tofino Brewing Company (stoked for that). Da Cruz will stick around for a few months before handing over the management reins to the able Alfredo Garcza, who is also from The Waldorf. In the kitchen is chef Chris Dignan, who was for a long while a fixture at Victoria’s Cafe Brio. We can expect to see some original items from Robinsong and Susman’s much-loved food truck menu (mmm, fish tacos) together with some new, tapas-like dishes. Can’t wait.


HONOUR BOUND: A Call To Arms As The Hotly Anticipated Restaurant Rumble Nears

If you love Vancouver restaurants as much as we do, you’ve probably heard about the awesome Aprons For Gloves charity and the July 25th Restaurant Rumble (a series of fights pitting restaurant workers against one another in the ring for public enjoyment and a very great cause).

The contenders – and there are many – have been in training for several weeks now, dedicating a lot of time and energy outside the workplace to get themselves ready to rumble (they’ve even built a make-shift gym above Save On Meats). If you haven’t been following their progress on Twitter and Instagram, you should, because some of the shots are priceless (see the one of Pape and Da Cruz below).

The current focus is on fundraising and building awareness, so please spread the word and consider spreading some financial love, too. A lot of local, “at risk” kids will benefit from your generosity, so if you haven’t put up your dukes, consider putting up a few bucks for the kids. You can check out who is fighting and put some cash behind your favourite scrapper here. Tickets will go on sale in June, and we’ll be sure to give our readers a head’s up, because – as you can well imagine – this amazing thing is going to sell out very fast.

NED BELL TRY OUT  CLIP (Executive Chef at Yew in the Four Seasons)



DALE MACKAY TRY OUT CLIP (Owner/chef at Ensemble, Ensemble Tap)


Steve "Bad News" Da Cruz of The Waldorf displays a shiner delivered by Josh "Brick Top" Pape of The Diamond



GOODS: “Dine Over” Evening At The Waldorf To Celebrate End Of Dine Out And Feast Van

January 31, 2012 

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 |

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | Join us on Monday, February 6th for a special, multi-room edition of the Ice Cream Social. We’re calling this event “Dine Over” because it’s the first night after Dine Out and Feast Van. So come on down if you’re a waitress who got yelled at because something from the set menu had been 86′d or a waiter who got stiffed because a customer thought the gratuity was included. To show our appreciation to all the brave souls who toughed it out during for the two week dining festivals, we’re offering 2 for 1 admission to service industry employees so they can blow off some steam, enjoy cheap drinks and dance to the best rock and pop from the 50′s and 60′s… Read more

Sadly, Steve Da Cruz Has Closed The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe


I got a call an hour ago from Steve da Cruz, the owner of Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, saying that he’d closed the restaurant for good, which is pretty sad news (not just because I recommend it on TV today). The Corner Suite was one of my and many others’ favourite restaurants to open this year, so…bummer. 850 Thurlow was a hard location (formerly Piccolo Mondo and Saveur), but I thought Steve had it licked.

In the paper this week I wrote that 2011 would probably see a lot of closures, but I didn’t expect they’d include one as good as this, especially since it had yet to see its first birthday. Makes me wonder who will drop next…

Best of luck to Steve and his staff in their future endeavours.

The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe Serving All Through Christmas

December 16, 2010 

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

News from Scout supporter The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe

Vancouver, BC | Don’t feel like cooking this holiday season? Well fear not, because The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe is serving up three days of Christmas feasts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Hot on the heels of their sold-out out Thanksgiving turkey dinner, The Corner Suite’s three-course Christmas dinners will feature a candied yam soup with crème fraiche to start, followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings (stuffing, whipped potatoes, brussel sprouts and gravy), and a traditional Christmas pudding for dessert – all for $29.

Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 604.569.3415 for reservations, or visit Read more

New Cocktails Crack The List At The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe


The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

News from Scout supporter The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe

Vancouver, BC | The Corner Suite’s “Genuine Article” – a 30-page homage to some of the world’s oldest and most iconic drinks – is Vancouver’s (if not Canada’s) largest and most comprehensive cocktail list … and it just got bigger. Meyer lemons are in season, and owner/bartender Steve Da Cruz likes them, a lot. In honour of his favourite fruit, Steve has added a page to his list that showcases Meyer lemons in six variations… Read more

Corner Suite Bistro Expanding Lunch Menu With $21 Prix Fixe…

November 8, 2010 

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

News from Scout supporter The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe

Vancouver, BC | Due to the popularity of its recently-launched lunch service, The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe is introducing a new expanded weekday lunch menu with an unbeatable $21 three-course deal. In addition to their $10 soup & sandwich (or beer & sandwich) deal, The Corner Suite is offering up a new lunch menu of four starters, four mains and two desserts. Lunchtime starters include a liver paté, terrine de campagne, organic green salad or soupe du jour; mains include a tuna niçoise salad, house-made gnocchi, a catch of the day and steak et frites; and a daily dessert special and sorbet are available to complete the meal. All items are available á la carte, or guests can enjoy a full three-course lunch featuring their choice of any starter, main and dessert for only $21! For those looking for a lunchtime tipple, The Corner Suite’s “Genuine Article” cocktail list is always available, along with a selection of wines available by the glass or half glass. More after the jump… Read more

Breakfast, Brunch & A Ten Buck Lunch Now At “Corner Suite”

October 22, 2010 


The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

News from Scout supporter The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe

Vancouver, BC |  The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe is now open for breakfast, weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Monday to Friday, starting at 7 am, coffee fiends can get their fix from premier baristas Nicholas Jones and Emilie Nagahama (formerly of the Wicked Café) as they showcase the state-of-the art Venus Century Espresso Machine – the “piece de resistance” of The Corner Suite. Nicholas and Emile will be offering up premium espresso and drip coffee, organic teas from The Tea Guy and croissants and pain du chocolat baked fresh daily at 7 and 9 am. Guests can grab a coffee to-go, or relax and have a De Luxe Parisian-style morning in one of The Corner Suite’s famous blue Louis chairs, reading their favourite newspaper or enjoying free Wi-Fi. Read more

The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe To Host “We Build Hope” Benefit

October 15, 2010 

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

The Corner Suite is located at 850 Thurlow Street | 604-569-3415 | | Photo by Katie Huisman

News from Scout supporter The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, October 19th The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe and Caleb’s Hope will team up to host the 1st Annual “We Build Hope” dining benefit for displaced women and children in Atiak, Northern Uganda. Joining Corner Suite owner Steve Da Cruz will be local actress and organization founder Holly Dignard, Architecture for Humanity Vancouver representative Linus Lam, and celebrity supporters from across the city. Reservations are being accepted from 7pm until 12am. The regular menu will be available and a portion of the dinner sales and 100% of the donations will be put towards rebuilding efforts in Atiak, Northern Uganda. For more information on Caleb’s Hope, please visit Read more

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