Vegetarian Done Right
With the new addition of Top Chef Canada contestant, Chef Curtis Luk, I found the dishes we tried well-rounded and not lacking in anything. Our complimentary amuse bouche was an excellent intro to the evening and our server was unbelievably well versed when it came to our wine selection. The mood was a bit quiet as we arrived early, but the cozy space had started to fill up when we finished and seemed lively and chatty. Great spot for vegetarian food done right.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
From a self-confessed carnivore, I never knew vegetarian could taste so sophisticated and good! Dishes paired well with the Blue Mountain Brut NV! Would definitely return!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exquisite at the Parker Vancouver
One word for dinner at The Parker - "exquisite". I feel silky after my experience with the delectable food beautifully presented by fine team of hosts and chefs.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overlook the Location
The Parker proved to be a surprising discovery. To give context to this review, I have been a vegetarian for 35 years. Thanks to HappyCow.net, we found The Parker on-line and booked a dinner reservation through Open Table. From the warm welcome to the vegan truffle dessert, this place was fantastic. The restaurant is small and the kitchen is open, thus allowing you to see your food prepped as it finds its way to your table. The food is thematically prepared - in alignment with what's seasonally available. The food is fresh, creative, and the presentation is lovely. Definitely try the "Chickpea Fries" as an appetizer - unique, flavourful, and a great starter. Ask the server for suggestions - all FANTASTIC.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Parker was wonderful.
I took my wife and daughter there for dinner and I must say that we all had a wonderful time. I don't have anything negative to say really. The bi-bim-pop was magic, the salad popped with flavor and best of all the desserts were out of this world. I will be going back!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favourite restaurant
My new favourite restaurant in the city. Awesome; vegan, gluten free and vegetarian all in one. The presentation of each dish is outstanding, all should be photographed and framed. The food combos are brilliant; who knew vegan/vegetarian food could be so good? I defy any carnivore to go here and not be impressed at how good food can be sans animal products! This is as fine dining as any gourmet French restaurant. Thank you for opening such a great spot!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Vegan options
The food is amazing but remember it is tapas so portions small so it can get pricey. But I think it is worth it for a great vegan meal. FYI we had 5 plates plus for two and a dessert each and still a bit hungry. But again it is very tasty so I think it is well worth it.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was an outstanding choice. great service food full of flavor and super presentation of the food. Street side dining. unique treats and personal attention.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
best vegetarian ever
Exquisite food artfully presented and prepared and the pinot noir list was a pleasant surprise.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous birthday evening out
I booked this from London for a friend's birthday after seeing many positive reviews on different websites. Having never been to Vancouver before I was really crossing my fingers that this place would come off and it did and in superb style. Steve was a great host and made us feel very welcomed and special. The food was amazing and cocktails a must. I would definitely recommend for a special night out or a treat to yourself!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am not a vegetarian... But i loved it... Great food, great people...i will go back... I already booked it...
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were avid watchers of Top
We were avid watchers of Top Chef season two. We were very happy when Trevor Bird started Fable with Curtis Luk as his chef de cuisine. When Curtis moved on to helm the kitchen at the Parker, we wanted to see how he would do vegetarian food. The answer is, superbly! We were with two friends sharing small plates. Every dish we ordered was delightful, creative, and full of great flavours and textures. As well, the cocktails and wines were excellent, and the service was wonderful. And it was quiet enough so that we and our friends could have a great conversation! With all that, it was a memorable meal. We will certainly be back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right up there with the best ever.
I went with a friend and no expectations as I have been to a few less than notable vegetarian restaurants. It was a fabulous dining experience. We agreed to not make menu choices but let the patron design our meal. From the starter to the dessert, each course was both scrumptious and exquisitely presented. I truly regretted the need to serve up such artistic creations. But eat them we did and even pushed our limits and have dessert: in house buttermilk ice cream, served with warm crusty yet succulent date cake with a fig sauce. We drank sparkling locally made Sake which also was memorable. This is a place to linger over courses, a feast for the senses and the soul. Well done, Parker!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
All sustainable vegetarian goodness. They produce something like a pound of waste every week. Great food and service too with some very innovative dishes. Can't wait to return!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat on the little front patio with our dog. Had a couple specialty cocktails that were amazing then did the lentil curry spread, corn soup, bi bim bap and the everything salad. All worth the trip.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cozy & unpretentious
Had my birthday dinner here and it was fabulous! Warm, cozy, unpretentious neighbour gem! Service and food was 5-star quality! Took my (unsuspecting, meat & potatoes eating, 240lb, 6'4") boyfriend to this vegetarian restaurant and he loved it! He had always refused to try vegetarian food, thinking it was "rabbit food" but he loved everything.
We ordered 2 small plates & 2 main plates and were stuffed! It was so delicious.
The service was 5-star quality, as a cozy neighbourhood price.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone loved it!!! =)
We had dinner with one other couple. 3 of us are normally meat lovers, but we still fall in love with every single dish we ordered! At the end of the meal, we were all satisfied and content! This is DEFINITELY our favorite vegetarian restaurant in town!
We are looking forward to going back here.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were vacationing in Vancouver from NJ and got a tip on this fabulous new restaurant, all veg and zero waste. The food was beautifully prepared and presented, and unbelievably delicious. The service was impeccable, and all very reasonably priced. It excelled in every respect, and was better than the best veg restaurants in NYC.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every morsel of the dishes that were served to us, was delicious. Most impressive presentation and service. Non vegetarians will not miss their meat. Will go back any time.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great place
Second time here and the menu had changed just enough to get some old favorites as well as some new, seasonal dishes. All was excellent and can't wait to go back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates mean lots to try
Good drinks. Very good food... Interesting fusion of flavours. Beautiful plating. Very hip ambiance. Lots of gluten free options. Lots of vegan options. Great deserts. Bit of a wait...drinks, 3 plates and deserts, in and out in about 2hours.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who knew ?
What a great evening we had sampling the meal 8 course meal put together for us by our server, also the owner I believe. The contrasting flavours in all our dishes were fun interesting and tasty! The dining style was also fun and unique. I have shared dishes in Thailand, but not so much in Vancouver. (Also could be a weakness depending on everyone's health). We four gals all felt highly satisfied with the tastes and amounts of food. The desserts (three different plates were spectacular too. A man or women accustomed to a traditional keg size plate of food this might be a big shift in eating that is not so easy to adapt to, but we had a great evening.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Impressive Veg Dining
Went to the Parker after googling vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver and reading several reviews. We had been lamenting the lack of high-end fine vegetarian dining in this town, but this is it! Every dish was memorable and tasted fantastic. Very highly recommended. The highlight of my week!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This resturant is my favorite, the food and wine list is on the next level! The service is always amazing!! I definitely recommend this resturant to everyone, my husband who is a major carnivore is obsessed with this to die for vegitarian resturant!!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally, a go-to place for vegetarians/vegans wanting a fine dining experience where every single item on the menu is amazing! We put ourselves in the hands of the chef by each ordering the Degustation and sat back to await the arrival of our feast. Not one dish deserved less than 5 out of 5. We heard other diners saying much the same thing. An excellent wine list and knowledgeable servers. Be sure to treat yourself to a cocktail as well! Presentation, service, food - all first rate. We will be back!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vancouver Vegan Charm
I had high expectations visiting The Parker. Have been to Acorn, Heirloom, Foundation, Naam and Graze many times.
I loved it. For a special occasion Vegan meal, I will definitely choose The Parker or The Acorn. Differences are The Parker service is probably the nicest out of the bunch, and really knew what they were serving. The food was very delicious and make sure you save room for dessert.
Keep up the good work guys!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
If I could give it 6 stars, I would
My new favorite restaurant. I'm dreaming of the food. We did the chef's selection for $29 and got 3 courses x2 of bliss! Will be back!!!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, friendly staff. Amazing food. Very tasty and well though out dishes. Layers of flavors and it's all vegetarian!! I strongly recommend the hand made cavatellis.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
I have been many times and it is ALWAYS fantastic food. I am not a vegetarian and I have taken many friends now who are also vegetarian and you cannot go wrong with the food from this restaurant. I love to go and ask the chef to feed us until we are full. That way, we try new things that we maybe wouldn't order and we get to experience the incredible combination of flavors. High end vegetarian. You will not miss the meat! Cocktails are divine! And, best part of all, they are a sustainable restaurant, producing only 1 bag of garbage per month, using local in season vegetables. Amazing!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Parker is Perfect!
Eating at The Parker is a delight start to finish. Who needs meat? Every flavour sings, the chef's creativity rings true and the service is professional but not fussy. I wish i could eat there every day!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I are still talking about how much we enjoyed this restaurant three days later. After hearing all the buzz, we were excited to try it out. We would recommend the degustation menu - it is a tasting menu of five courses for the price of $29. Yes, $29. Everything was perfectly prepared, flavorful, unique and visually perfect. Service was great - the owner doubled as our server for most of the evening so we learned about how he started and the restaurant philosophy. The room is small and intimate, simply designed but very nice, and the clientele was upscale not pretentious. Most vegetarian restaurants have a "political" sidebar in my opinion - The Parker does not and easily competes with the leading traditional restaurants!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We eat out regularly and have tried some high end restaurants and I can honestly say the food at the Parker blew me away. Everything (but dessert) was delicious. We had the adventure menu and I would highly recommend it. Nothing on the menu is ordinary so it is hard to choose so we let the staff make the decision for us. The description of the meals cannot do the taste justice. The presentation was well done too. The only course that could use improvement is desert. The lime sorbet with tapioca pudding with apple compote had flavours that just didn't work together.
We will be back and bringing friends.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
innovative vegetarian food
If you are looking for unique experience, this is the place. Each dish is beautifully presented and the colour, favour and taste are all 5 stars. Service is very attentive. Nice to see these gems coming to change the chinatown neigbourhood.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
After years of veggie burgers and $20 plates of tasteless grains with craisins - The Parker has saved the day. Every dish was fresh and amazing...thank you!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best meal I've had in Vancouver, $29 for 5 course amazing meal. Can't go wrong. Service was great stating what was in each dish. This restaurant is not to be missed.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife booked and I was expecting to go elsewhere. After I ate the first dish I was very happy with her choice. The waiter/owner (Steve) was amazing, he knew everything about the food and did a great job explaining what we were eating and where the food came from. It was all local ingredients and very fresh. Amazing combinations and I loved the local saki. I HIGHLY recommend this place.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic, creative food
The Parker is my best "find" - delicious, creative, beautiful food. Although the menu is small, everything is wonderful. We had the "Degustation" - a "chefs choice" tasting menu ($29 per person). This is one of few places where I'm willing to trust the chef (everything is excellent). I am a meat-lover - but at The Parker, I forget I'm eating vegetarian. The food is so beautiful and satisfying, I never miss the meat.
The restaurant is tiny. It's incredible that two people can create such wonderful food in such a small space. Yet they consistently produce innovative, delicious delights - different every time I have been - always equally yummy, and very reasonable cost. Everyone I have taken has loved The Parker. You won't be disappointed!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Parker is a fantastic restaurant that just happens to be vegetarian. They have a great wine list, great cocktails and every single dish I've ever had there has been fantastic. I recommend the degustation so you can try a number of their terrific dishes.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am no foodie, BUT have lots
I am no foodie, BUT have lots of allergies (as do the friends I dined with) - so often times have limited choices when dining out. However, our experience at The Parker was simply amazing. It was amazing to be able to eat all the items presented for the tasting menu, AND all the food was absolutely delicious. We were celebrating a friends birthday, our dessert had 'Happy Birthday' scribed in chocolate. The service was also top notch, loved that they folded out napkin each time you left the table and the atmosphere was comfortable and had a great vibe. Overall, an great evening - we've all been raving about it to whomever will listen since.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food amazing cocktails
The 4 of us had the degustation menu and all 5 courses were great. The flavours they coax out if the ingredients are comforting. Even better than the good was the cocktails. A beautiful collection of not so common drinks. My favorite was the police gazette and my wife loved their amaretto sour.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vegan and GF that tastes great
On a whim, we chose The Parker because it was convenient (in Chinatown) and had a limited, though interesting menu of gluten-free and vegan entrees (my Mother-in-law requires GF food). I always thought GF food was among the most tasteless one could imagine. How wrong was I. The Parker is small, intimate and an open kitchen even smaller than you've seen in the smallest of apartments. But, the food was excellent...and filling. The service was excellent as well. Check out this intimate restaurant and you will be pleasantly surprised.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM