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Pizza perfection at The Parlour Yaletown

August 7, 2014

Whenever I get the chance to float away from Vancouver Island and visit Vancouver's big city lights, I try to seek out new and different restaurants. With that attitude in mind, I tried a Vancouver Foodster Restaurant Tasting event a few months back and was introduced to The Parlour Yaletown.

My husband and I had to take a business trip in mid-July to Saskatoon, and decided to begin our cross-country driving adventure with The Parlour for lunch to get the trip started with some fun foodie exploring. As both of us are huge pizza fans, and have a homemade pizza night every Friday at home, I knew Jay would love The Parlour as much as I had on my first quick tasting visit back in May, and I was excited to sample more of the eclectic menu.

I love the ambiance of The Parlour, it's laid-back yet stylish with cozy booths and large tables for big groups. We settled in at a bar table with a great view of the chefs at work in the open kitchen. As Jay would be taking the first driving shift, I treated myself to one of their BC craft beers on tap, which hit the spot after a hot ferry trip over from Vancouver Island.

The menu at The Parlour is both entertaining and enticing. Along with Nibbles and Share selections, there are 12 Signature Pizzas with catchy names like Wake n' Bake (proscuitto and an egg) and Goldmember (mushroom duxelle and truffle oil). I must admit, there was nothing I wouldn't want to try on the menu and we were hard-pressed to nail down our lunch picks, being so very spoiled for choice.

I decided to go with The Standard pizza covered in all my favourite things: Pepperoni, Button Mushroom, Red Pepper, Onion, Bacon, Olives and Mozza. The crust was crisp and chewy and the amount of toppings just right, we took the leftovers with us and snacked on slices all through the night as we drove over the Rocky Mountains.

Jay went for The Yaletown Pizza, something completely different and new to us with Albacore Tuna, Red Onion, Green Onion, Avocado, Cilantro and a Spicy Aioli. Oh.My.GOD, that pizza is good!!! The tuna was crazy fresh and melt-in-your-mouth buttery soft, pairing perfectly with the creamy avocado slices. The thin-cut jalapeno was just the right amount of heat, and the whole pie gave us memories of spicy tuna sushi in the weirdest and best pizza we've had in a long time.

 

We also shared an order of the Stacked Short Ribs marinated in Hosisin and Tamarind and served with a Granny Smith Apple and Jicama Slaw. I got to watch one of the Parlour chefs prepare these and was really impressed with the time and care he took to put this beautiful appetizer together.

And on that note - huge props to all the cooks working on the Parlour line, a few stopped by our table to ask how everything was on their break and told us about other things on the menu that we might be excited about. We'll be back for the Cherry Cola-Braised Pork Belly with Kimchi for sure, we almost went for an order right then and there but were too damn full. We also noticed how upbeat and positive the entire Parlour staff was during our visit, impressive on a random summer Tuesday afternoon.

Our happy foodie lunch for two at The Parlour put us in a great mood for the 18 hour cross-Canada drive ahead and we can't wait to come back and visit again - I'm already eyeballing that sexy brunch menu.

To learn more about The Parlour Restaurant, visit their website here or head over to their location in the historic Yaletown district of downtown Vancouver on 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC.

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