Locally inspired menus, Asian influences and adventurous cocktails highlight food and beverage portfolio
VANCOUVER, BC – Parq Vancouver, British Columbia’s newest entertainment destination, will open this fall with a curated collection of eight restaurant and lounges, each offering a distinctive dining journey inspired by regional ingredients and multicultural influences.
The food and beverage portfolio, conceived by James Beard Award-nominated restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Canadian Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates, was thoughtfully crafted after the duo spent the last five years meeting with local farmers and growers, motivated by a desire to learn what the landscape of Western Canada has to offer. The menus’ notable Asian influences are drawn from the couple’s extensive travels overseas, including the time Canteenwalla spent living and working in Southeast Asia, and will incorporate Asian flavours with Pacific Northwest ingredients.
“British Columbia’s natural resources are amazing–the ocean and forests are rife with ingredients to work with, and the temperate climate means everything is fresh and flavourful,” Blau says. “Vancouver is known globally as an amazing food city, and during my time here I’ve come to understand why.”
“This region is so multicultural–there are influences ranging from Chinese to Japanese to Indian and beyond,” Canteenwalla added, “Perhaps because multicultural cuisine is so accessible, diners here are incredibly adventurous. There is truly something for everyone here.”
Like Parq Vancouver itself, each restaurant and lounge offers guests an experience that is unique to Vancouver and uniquely Vancouver.
HONEY SALT – 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 neighborhood ambiance.
BC KITCHEN – 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.
MRKT EAST – 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).
THE VICTOR – 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.
1886 – 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.
CENTRE BAR – 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.
D/6 BAR & LOUNGE – 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.
LOTUS WHISKEY AND TEA LOUNGE – 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 actively recruiting new team members to staff its restaurants and lounges ahead of its grand opening. A complete list of job fairs and opportunities can be found at parqvancouver.com/work.
ABOUT PARQ VANCOUVER
Fresh on the scene as a leading international entertainment destination, Parq is at the heart of downtown Vancouver’s energetic entertainment district. Built to meet LEED Gold Standards, Parq Vancouver’s dynamic offerings include two luxury and lifestyle hotels within one complex, Western Canada’s first JW Marriott Hotel and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the DOUGLAS. Parq Vancouver offers locals and guests instant access to a wide range of amenities, including 72,000 square feet of world-class casino space spanning across two floors and featuring 11 private gaming salons, a 30,000-square foot rooftop park, more than 60,000 square feet of well-appointed, flexible meeting and event space, and eight chef-driven restaurants and lounges from the world’s foremost international restaurant developers and James Beard Award nominees restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, and her Canadian husband, award-winning Chef Kim Canteenwalla. For more information or reservations, please visit ParqVancouver.com.
ABOUT BLAU + ASSOCIATES
Blau + Associates is an internationally-recognized strategic restaurant planning and development company founded by the dynamic culinary duo of James Beard Award-nominated restaurateur, Elizabeth Blau, and her husband, celebrated Chef Kim Canteenwalla. The company’s footprint includes the acclaimed Andiron Steak & Sea, Honey Salt, and Buddy V’s Ristorante restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada; and its list of clients includes multiple restaurant concepts around the world. Blau is also widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, and is known for her roles as a judge on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and investor on MSNBC’s “Restaurant Startup.” For more information, please visit www.elizabethblau.com.
About JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Rising to greet the majestic mountains of Canada’s Pacific coast, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver delivers guests a luxury hotel experience, enriching experiences and anticipatory service within masterfully designed, modern interiors by acclaimed Studio Munge. The hotel offers 329 rooms and suites, a tranquil spa, modern fitness studio, and over 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Additionally, a smart location within the cultural hub of Parq Vancouver allows guests effortless access to eight discerning restaurants and lounges, an elevated sixth floor park, and built-in nightlife.
About the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel
Paying homage to the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver’s thriving economy, the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel, masterfully reconnects people and place, while seamlessly introducing nature into an elegant, urban environment. The 188 rooms and suites are attentively appointed, with careful consideration to the needs of the modern traveler. The hotel impresses with a curated collection of social spaces, including an exquisitely furnished lobby bar leading out into the elevated sixth floor park.