In the heart of the chic Yorkville neighbourhood, along the best stretch of high-end shopping on Bloor Street, is a hidden restaurant and cocktail lounge you won’t be able to spot from the ground. That’s because The One Eighty is 51 stories up at the very top of the Manulife Centre. The One Eighty took the place of Toronto’s well-known Panorama Lounge with a brand new concept and menu. Like the Panorama Lounge, the newly designed space still has unrivalled views of the city. This destination restaurant matches the high-end elegance of Yorkville with the approachable attitude of the Queen West neighbourhood, and it’s worth grabbing a drink here with friends for the view alone.
Decked out in striking black and white decor with leather banquets and chrome and brass accents, the restaurant exudes glamour. The elegant space boasts 21-foot vaulted ceilings, and is flanked to the north and south by floor-to-ceiling windows. The south-facing patio looks out over the downtown core with views of the CN Tower stretching all the way to the lake and beyond. Meanwhile, the north-facing patio looks out over a sea of trees, with direct sightlines to the horizon. For a hot sunny day, don’t forget to make a reservation, since you’ll want to make the most of the patios. It can get breezy 51 stories up, so leave the loose-fitting clothes at home and bring a hairbrush for some post-dinner touch-ups. And if you’re coming for dinner, eat your main meal on the south patio facing the city, and then switch to the north for dessert to catch a breathtaking sunset. Return to the south for your after-dinner drinks and spy the city’s night lights.
The best thing about the restaurant’s menu is an ever-changing daily cart of chef-selected sharing plates. You won’t be able to resist the creamy, crunchy Brussels sprout slaw, but also sample the foie gras brûlée, a beguilingly sweet and savoury mousse that’s simultaneously rich and light. The restaurant’s namesake flatbread, topped with pesto and prosciutto comes on a bread board the width of the table, and is great for sharing.
Signature Shaken + Stirred cocktails are served with a unique twist: They come in mini glass bottles, popped table-side so you can pour and sip at your own pace. If you’re looking for something refreshing, try the Bison with herb-flavoured vodka and fresh cucumber, lime, and basil. If you have a sweet tooth and an eye for colour taste the Citronade, a lemony concoction that’s deceptively electric blue. Both dishes are perfect for a hot summer day.
If you’re looking to stay in the heart of Yorkville, book a room at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville just a couple of blocks away from The One Eighty and steps from all the luxury shopping and fine dining in the neighbourhood.