This weekend we were spending a night at “JW Marriott” at “Parq”, in celebration of my girl friend’s birthday. And after an earlier dinner and a full evening of drinking we found ourselves hungry at 12am. So looking for something savoury to snack on, we stumbled out of our hotel suite in search of a quick bite.

However, options are more limited, which brought us to “Mrkt East”, the casino floor’s food court that specialized in Chinese street food. Although, at this time only their late night menu was available for ordering off of, which included whatever was pre-made and pre-packed in their refrigerated units. Desserts, drinks, and bottled beverages mostly.

You order at the counter and pay. You are given a plastic number, to signify your purchase and it is delivered to you on a plastic tray when ready.

One of my guests had fries tossed in togarashi. This was a common choice of seasoning that found its away around to all the restaurants we visited this weekend. “Togarashi” is a Japanese spice mixture containing red chili pepper, Japanese pepper, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed, ground ginger, poppy seed, and dried seaweed flakes. It was good, your standard crispy fries.

My other guest order the cha siu bowl that came with vegetables and rice. It was ok for a food court, but the bbq pork was too lean. And the slices so thin that you don’t fully enjoy the chew of the honey glazed pork.

He also ordered a small bottle of wine, only to declare that it had no taste.

I ordered their wonton noodle soup bowl. It was as warm and as comforting as I had hoped. No complaints. It wasn’t the best, or one I would travel a great distance for, but it hit the spot this late at night.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
A quick and convenient option for the casino floor. It caters to their clientele and offers other popular street snacks like bubble tea, fried Korean chicken, and Vietnamese banh mi. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

MRKT EAST
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 0P4
778-370-8600
parqvancouver.com/restaurants/mrkt-east