THE PARKER

UPDATED 6/30/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

237 Union Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-779-3804

Web: http://theparkervancouver.com

Twitter: @ParkerVancouver

Advice: Advance reservations suggested. Add the flashlight app to your iphone, it will come in handy when reading the menu.

Kasu, Yuzo, Apple Cocktail

As one who can appreciate passion and effort that goes into a project, along comes a restaurant which operates in a small space of a mere 20 seats. This dimly-lit room is filled with an abundant of goodness that comes from the efforts of 3 very dedicated restaurateurs Chef Jason Leizert, Steve Da Cruz and Martin Warren. Located on a block that already has a group of wonderful eateries, this restaurant is focussed on serving the very best Vegetarian fare with a menu that is built upon what is fresh and local today is what we are going to serve tonight, the menu changes daily and you are in for a real treat.  At the bar, cocktail master Steve Da Cruz is back doing what he does best, creating beautiful cocktails with the finest ingredients and flare. You will find a wine list that is focused on sustainable producers from the Columbia Watershed Basin. I had one of his creations,  a delicious non-alcoholic Kasu, Yuzo, Apple Cocktail to start my solo dining experience.

Hazelnut Dukka

Crispy Polenta Fries

Gluten-free Spaetzle

Mini Corn Tacos

Carrot Cake

The menu highlights local vegetables crafted into delicate dishes with many an ingredient grown and cultivated in the restaurant’s own community garden. I had the flavourful Hazelnut Dukka ($4) with taro crisps which was followed by the delish Crispy Polenta Fries ($5) with home-made ketchup. The next dish was a Gluten-free Spaetzle ($4) with lemon and thyme, very different dish, flavourful and light; followed by the Mini Corn Tacos ($7) with white bean, radish and some heat, my favourite dish of the night. For dessert, I had the outstanding Carrot Cake ($8) with salty butterscotch and candied baby carrots beauty on the plate!

The seasonally inspired menu is driven by playfulness and a Chef who cares about what he puts on the plate. I am looking forward to discovering more wonderful meals as the season changes!

Review By: Richard Wolak