We started off our day at the “Parq” at “BC Kitchen”, a bar with a laid back atmosphere. Located on the main casino floor, you could hear the bells and chimes of all their slot machines in the distance, as the music echoes from up high.
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The space is divided between the bar and their dining area, we opted for the latter considering its large windows and the view therein. Between the two spaces is a wood and pipe shelf, on it a collection of vintage sports equipments and paraphernalia. Wooden hockey sticks, a square tennis racket, pool balls in a glass cookie jar, leather lace up skates, a worn out baseball bat, a bull horn, and a collection of rusted trophies in varying sizes.
We arrived in time for happy hour between 2:30 to 5:30pm. (It is also available from 9:30pm to 12am) and therefore took advantage by enjoying a few of their starters at 50% off.
My order of the “Buffalo cauliflower” was well received by our server, she whole hearted agreed with these crispy battered cauliflower florets with capers and a creamy blue cheese dipping sauce. The first bite was the best, immediately I could tell how great of a morsel this was. I liked the firm texture and the gentle spice that coated it, plus the cooling tangy dip to balance it all out. Although after the third and fourth floret, it became a bit of a one note taste. I think it would be, best as aside to a burger instead of fries.
I liked the “Dirty Mac and cheese” as a filler as well. The spirally cavatappi noodles was topped generously with bbq pork, bread crumbs and a mix of three cheeses. This too I thought would make a better side, as I didn’t find it tasty enough on its own. I wish the sauce was thicker, and I could have used a little more salt and a lot more punchier cheeses to give it enough flavour to carry its own as a main. Though I did like the crunch of the toasted breadcrumb and crispy cheese topping it.
The “Pigs in a blanket” were fun. A dozen little smokies covered in puff pastry, served with ketchup and mustard. They had a great chewy texture to them, and popped when you bit them in half. With the pastry they had a great salty and crispy texture that was ideal with any and many of their beers in cans and on tap. I especially loved the presentation and the cute squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard that they came with. However, having 12 was a little too much for one or even two people, so maybe order a round to share, planning to enjoying one and two yourself.
For drinks I indulged, combining my booze with my dessert. The “Flight of floats” immediately caught my eye. This was a trio of all their floats in flight glasses, so you don’t have to choose between the three from their “float bar”. The “Classic root beer float” came with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream for $5.95. The “Guinness float” was with salted caramel ice cream for $6.95. And the “Baileys float” with coffee ice cream and chocolate whipped cream ran at $7.95. But all together in these miniature sizes you paid $13.95 to taste all three. They came with a dish of honey roasted peanuts for you to top or munch on as you please. As for taste, they are exactly as you expect when combining ice cream with alcohol.
My partner had the “BBQ pulled pork burger” it came with apple slaw, butter pickles, and lemon pepper fries on the side. The side were all great accompaniments to the tasty meat in buttery bun. The pork was surprisingly good, it tasted like it came from the smoker.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Overall, a great option for causal bar food within the “Parq” casino. Beers, burgers, and barbecue, plus plenty of dressed up bar favourites as well. Don’t deny your cravings.