GOODS | The Parker’s Tiny Chinatown Patio Lands Summer-Inspired Dishes & Cocktails

The Parker is located at 237 Union Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | www.theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | www.theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker’s summer menu from executive chef Curtis Luk is sure to be the hot ticket this summer. Highlights include ratatouille with heirloom tomatoes, sea asparagus and labneh as well the daily house-made alkaline noodles with fresh summer vegetables and spicy Sichuan tomato sauce. The gorgeous house-made cheese (plated with torched local honey, poached rhubarb and our caraway lavash crackers with edible flowers) was built to pair with Steve Da Cruz‘s wine program and is best served on our petite patio. Drawing rave reviews for dessert is the new cucumber sorbet served with summer fruit and olive oil cake (have it with a splash of chilled Pimm’s Nø.1 for the definitive summer dénouement). At the bar, manager Nich Box has personally selected a list of his favourite aperitifs to start your evening and continues to impress with new cocktails. Try the Saemundur made with Longtable Aquavit, fresh mint, cherry syrup and lemon bitters with soda – it’s the tall, cold drink for long, hot summer nights. Read more

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

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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 | theparkervancouver.com

MORE AWESOME THINGS WE ATE

GOODS | Vegetarian Eatery “The Parker” Bumps Up Service To Seven Nights A Week

February 25, 2014 

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker is very excited to be adding full dinner service on Sundays and, of course, Meatless Mondays. Diners can now book their table from their cell phone for what has become the hottest Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free dining destination in Vancouver. With the extraordinary value of the $29 five-course Chef’s Choice Dégustation, along with Steve Da Cruz’s ever-changing showcase of wine and cocktails to pair with Chef Curtis Luk’s playful and inventive cuisine, there have never been better reasons to try something different. Any day you like. Read more

GOODS | The Parker In Chinatown Making “Dégustation Menu” A Permanent Feature

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker is proud to deliver Chef Curtis Luk’s new Dégustation Menu as a permanent menu feature. We’re very excited to start 2014 off on the right foot by delivering outstanding value for all our guests with 5 courses shared for 2 or 4 people for only $29 each.

Much has been made over the healthy lifestyle that vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining can offer, and we’re thrilled to help lessen the wallop on the wallet. Each dinner is unique and designed toward each diner’s specifications. We love wowing our vegan and gluten-free clients with our beautiful plating.

The Parker is also looking forward to introducing some new wines from the old world in 2014 as it continues to discover the best of BC and beyond. Wine lovers can expect small lot selections and unique pairings from Steve Da Cruz as well as an ever-growing prowess on the wood from Nich Box.

Thanks to everyone for all their support over the past year. We anticipate the next to be even greater! Reservations can be made on our website. Learn more about The Parker after the jump. Read more

GOODS | Two “Top Chef” Alumni Pair For Special Supper At “The Parker” On Dec. 2

November 20, 2013 

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | On December 2, 2013 The Parker is excited to present a 5 course dining event for $49 hosted by our very our Chef Curtis Luk and his friend from Top Chef Canada‘s Season Two, Chef Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The two Top Chef alumni will team up to deliver an exclusive coursed tasting menu showcasing some of the finest and surprising ingredients that diners can expect well thought out and gorgeously plated offerings with an eye toward the unexpected and most of all a sense of playfulness on their plate. If you haven’t made plans for a Meatless Monday yet, December 2, 2013 is your night. The $49 includes tax, and diners can choose from several times to attend. But get your tickets quickly.

Slightly vexing will be the decision whether to choose from the suggested wine pairings by Steve Da Cruz or simply stick with some legendary cocktailery from the bar (expect Steve to be at his most tempting). Tickets for The Fall of Autumn on December 2nd can be purchased by calling the restaurant or via email through info [at] theparkervancouver.com. Read more

GOODS | “The Parker” Celebrating 1st Year On Union St. With Chef’s Degustation Menu

September 30, 2013 

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | To celebrate our first fantastic year on Union Street, we‘re very excited to offer our new Degustation option where Chef Curtis Luk will design a unique dining experience featuring new dishes such as House-Made Tofu Quenelles in Black Bean Sauce with Braised Beans, Hand-Made Carrot Cavatelli with Seared Broccolini, Beluga Lentils and Kobocha Squash Purée as well as his beautiful Rice Pudding with sorbet and candied autumn apples. Every experience will be unique and for $29 per person, two can expect four gorgeous plates and one shared dessert. At the bar, Steve Da Cruz will have many pairing options from his Columbia Watershed based wine program including some of the finest Pinot Noirs from BC and Oregon such as Crowley, Ex Nihilo and de Lancelotti to name a few. Nich Box also has a few new cocktails up his sleeve like the Mary, Queen of Scots made with Jura Superstition Single Malt, Sweet & Dry Vermouth and a hint of Yellow Chartreuse. Book your table tonight and catch one of the amazing flicks screening at Tinsletown during the Vancouver International Film Festival of which The Parker is proud to be a sponsor. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “The Parker” Is On The Lookout For Full & Part-Time Staff

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | We’re looking for full-time and part-time staffers. The Parker offers competitive salaries and an amazing work environment with room for growth for those with career aspirations. Applicants can drop by the restaurant on afternoons before service Tuesday through Saturday, or check out our website theparkervancouver.com and drop us a line. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “The Parker” On Union Launches New Summer Food Menu And Cocktail List

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker is excited to deliver the latest and greatest menus from Executive Chef Curtis Luk and Barman/Owner Steve Da Cruz. Don’t miss Socca Provençal with roasted summer squash, crispy garlic and Picholine olive relish. Also turning heads is the gorgeous Panzanella salad with house-made Panisse, Manouri Sheep’s cheese, black pepper purée and the finest BC heirloom tomatoes from Chilliwack’s Allen family. The carrot soup with Sweet Cicely herb, carrot chips, summer peas and Pine Nut – Yuzu purée is definitely a highlight, too.

At the bar, Steve Da Cruz and Nich Box have a solid summer arsenal of cool concoctions to complement both dinner and good conversation. People are definitely talking about Nich’s Saline cocktails like the Flatbush (Rye, Saltspring Island Blackberry Port, Punt e Mes & Saline) and the The Brace (Ricard, Egg White & Saline). And, of course, Steve always has some amazing wine to share, including the latest from Sychromesh, Clean Slate, and Liquidity, among several others.

For dessert, save room for Curtis’ Chocolate Mousse with pickled BC cherries, toffee sponge and de-hydrated chocolate crisps, or fend off your friends from stealing a bite of your Avocado Semifreddo with Coconut Tapioca and edible flowers. Book your table tonight or wander in and dine al fresca on our new licensed patio. We look forward to making your next visit memorable. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: “The Parker” On The Hunt For A Dedicated Chef’s Assistant

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

The Parker is located at 237 Union St. in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC | 604-779-3804 | theparkervancouver.com

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Curtis Luk is on the hunt for an assistant. The right candidate would have two to four years of experience cooking as well as knowledge of Entremet & Garde Manger. Are you looking to make the next step toward a Sous position? We can offer a competitive salary, a great team and atmosphere, and the classic cocktail of your choice at the end of your shift. Please drop us a line with your resumé via our website theparkervancouver.com. Read more

GOODS: “The Parker” Pairing BC, Oregon & Washington Wine Flights During Wine Fest

February 19, 2013 

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

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker is excited to showcase the very best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer during the Vancouver International Wine Festival with paired flights from the Columbia Watershed selected by owner/barman Steve Da Cruz. Steve’s program utilizes some of our region’s most respected producers and includes highlights from many of the AVAs within Washington & Oregon. Wine lovers can look forward to sampling some of the best Pinots, biggest Cabs, adventurous Malbecs, some carefully selected reserves and a few hidden gems; available in flights of white ($14) or red ($15). To accompany the wines, Chef/owner Jason Leizert will plate from his ever-changing and seasonally inspired menu. Giving voice to some of the underrated and surprising ingredients from our local farms, Jason’s dishes sing with pairings of likewise care. After all, what grows together goes together! Read more

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 | theparkervancouver.com

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

GOODS: “The Parker” On Union St. To Do Brunch Service Every Day Of Boxing Week

December 20, 2012 

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

The GOODS from The Parker

Vancouver, BC | The Parker will be extending their weekend brunch to week-long service beginning December 26th to the 30th of December. Union Street’s newest hotspot will also be open on the 1st of January for savvy New Year’s Eve partygoers looking to nurse themselves back to health with locally sourced vegetarian fare.

After weeks of glutinous holiday snacking, The Parker will be offering a healthy alternative to the traditional greasy spoon brunch. Along with vegetarian takes on the usual brunch suspects, the menu will also include signature items like the gluten free waffles with apple compote, candied walnuts and maple syrup; and the tofu scramble with quinoa, mushrooms and cilantro.

Brunch will be served from 10am – 2pm from the 26th to the 30th of December and the 1st of January, resuming normal weekend hours in the New Year. The Parker is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch. For Boxing Day shoppers looking for a special place to don their new apparel, tickets are still available for The Parker Osake dinner pairing on New Years Eve. See theparkervancouver.com for more details. 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.

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DETAILS

237 Union Street in Strathcona/Chinatown | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-779-3804 | Email: theparkervancouver@gmail.com
Web: theparkervancouver.com | Facebook | Twitter
Photos: Katie Huisman

GALLERY

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THE PEOPLE

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

ABOUT THE PARKER

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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 theparkervancouver.com or by calling 604 779 3804. Walk-ins are very much welcome.

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