Last night, I attended the opening party for the newest restaurant to open in the Parq Vancouver resort in downtown Vancouver.
This restaurant is a stunner, based on Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s vision, the design concept and branding is executed by San Diego-based SixteenFifty Creative Intelligence, with inspiration drawn from the reign of Queen Victoria. Paying homage to the adage “To the victor belongs the spoils,” the room immerses guests in a rich and intimate décor, incorporating earthy tones, commanding oak tables and banquets reminiscent of the green leather benches seen in London’s chamber of the House of Commons.
Guests were treated to canapes along with a a selection of cocktails, red and white wine and local craft beer flowing throughout the night.
The Victor has officially opened in the city’s newest destination, Parq Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest region, the restaurant’s approachable menu effortlessly weaves together contemporary and classic seafood, steak and a sushi and raw bar, paired with a curated wine, craft beer and cocktail program. Managed and operated by Blau + Associates, The Victor offers an elevated dining experience on the sixth floor of the DOUGLAS, accessible through the lush outdoor park and showcasing stunning views of BC Place Stadium and Vancouver’s skyline.
I enjoyed eating the tasty salads from the salad bar and their house-made cheese bread, their was a fresh seafood and sushi bar; along with a striploin steak bar with all the fixins’ which including amazing onion rings, mac & cheese filled waffles and more; plus to top it all off they had a gorgeous desserts bar featuring maple candy floss, delicious crème brulée donuts, mini cupcakes and a candy buffet.
The private room adjoining the wine cellar is perfect for special events. In the Spring, those seeking full immersion in nature can lounge on the elegant patio leading out to the park, the resort’s sixth-level elevated green space comprising 30,000 square feet of verdant greenery, ponds and walkways.
The Victor celebrates quality dining as an everyday event, offering guests an array of steaks including wagyu, striploin and bone-in tomahawk, as well as a delectable selection of sides. Sushi fans can take a seat at the sushi and raw bar and sample classic selections made with a modern twist. The journey continues into dessert with decadent dishes such as crème brulée donuts, perfectly caramelized and topped with a cloud of maple cotton candy. All dishes are crafted by a powerhouse kitchen team led by Kim Canteenwalla.
The wine list at The Victor is comprised of quality bottles sourced from around the globe, with a focus on BC, California and regions of France. This extensive selection is supplemented by one of Canada’s largest wine Enomatics; a preservation system that allows for high-end wines to be served by the glass. Craft beer selections extend a special nod to local breweries with Steamworks, 33 Acres and Postmark Brewing on the menu. Cocktail aficionados will delight in adventurous drinks separated into the categories of ‘Diplomacy’ (light and delicate) and ‘Campaign’ (strong and battle-ready), including the signature Emperor’s Sour and the Smoke and Oak house martini.
The Victor is located on the 6th floor of the Parq Vancouver resort at 39 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver. Open for dinner nightly from 5:00pm to 10:30pm (11:00pm on Friday and Saturday), reserve by calling 778-370-8600, follow them on Instagram @thevictorvancouver
By: Richard Wolak