The Victor at Parq Vancouver recently launched a new luxurious brunch menu and it’s offered every Sunday from 10:30-2:30pm. It’s accompanied by live music as well so this would be the ideal place to take your girl friends or in-laws to impress them. 🙂
Their brunch menu is very extensive and it covers a wide array of cuisines. From Japanese aburi (flame torched) sushi to dim sum, they have something for every palate.
One of their unique offerings include a tableside mule cart for those wanting something chilled and fizzy with their brunch.
If a Moscow Mule isn’t to your fancy, you can go to the Make-Your-Own Caesar’s Bar to craft your very own Caesar!
The vodka, rimming spice, hot sauces, seasonings, and garnishes are all customizable!
I made mine with Grey Goose and Clamato juice, Tabasco sauce, fresh green tomato juice, and topped it with pickled asparagus, and bocconcini/grape tomato skewer.
I wanted to see how their dim sum offerings compared with other Chinese restaurants so I got the Northern Divine Caviar Shu Mai ($13). Their shu mai was made primarily with shrimp which gave it a nice buoyant texture. The caviar on top tasted similar to the fish roe that is normally topped on shu mai at other Chinese restaurants.
Their XO Crystal Lobster Dumpling ($13) comes in three pieces and its made with large chunks of lobster. The sweet oceanic flavours really shined through and the tiny bit of XO sauce is a fantastic accompaniment. While super delicious, it is a bit pricey for three pieces.
I love sashimi so any time it’s on the menu, I just have to get some! This is the 3 pc Chutoro ($17) and 3 pc Sea Urchin ($15) and both were supremely fresh.
These Uni Tacos ($17) consist of crispy nori (seaweed), local uni, cucumber, guacamole, and yuzu kosho.
Now this is extravagant! Have you ever had a Lobster Frittata ($26) before?? I can tell you I definitely have not. The frittata was crispy on the outside and was similar to deep fried eggs. Personally for me, I would’ve wanted the egg to be fluffier and to see more lobster pieces inside, but that’s my personal preference! 😛
Now this was what I came for! When looking through their brunch menu, this was the first thing to catch my eye. Foie gras and french toast? Get outta here! I am happy to say that this dish was phenomenal. Though incredibly sinful and heavy, the combination of flavours on the plate really worked well together. I would highly recommend this Foie Gras French Toast ($24)!
Last but not least is the Mac and Cheese Waffles ($11). It comes as a side and it’s served in 4 pieces. These were also scrumptious as well. I packed some of these babies home and they retained their texture and flavours really well even after reheating. Just make sure you put them in the oven and not the microwave. 😛
Now onto dessert. This is the Coffee Semifreddo ($12) and it comes with dark chocolate flake semifreddo, espresso sponge cake, and mission figs.
This is the gorgeous Black Mountain Gateau ($13). Truly this plate was a feast for the eyes. It resembles a gorgeous mountain with vibrant green moss on the side. It was so gorgeous I had a tough time breaking into it because I didn’t want to ruin the presentation! All I can say about the taste is, if you love black forest cakes, you’ll love this.
All in all, I had a fantastic time brunching at The Victor. The restaurant is sophisticated and you’ll feel more elegant just by being in the room (at least I did). At the same time, I appreciate the fact that it’s not overly pretentious where you can’t bring your family and children. Prices are definitely on the high side, but it’s to be expected when you’re dining on foie gras, wagyu, and lobster.
Disclosure: I was invited as media to try out their Brunch menu and all food/beverages were complimentary. All opinions are my own.
Service Rating: N/A (as it was a media tasting)
Food Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5