It’s not often that you get to indulge your palate with world-class cuisine while sitting on top of the world, but my family and I did just that recently in Toronto, Ontario.
If the old real estate adage of "location, location, location" holds weight, the CN Tower has nailed it. Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, it defines the Toronto skyline at a height of over 1,815 feet. It is the world’s tallest building and includes Sky Pod, the world’s highest public observation gallery, at 1,465 feet. Thankfully, we visited during a crisp, clear January evening when the city was glowing like an ocean of miniature suns.
On the first observatory level, we found ourselves peering 1,221 feet straight down through the glass floor to the street. Walking across that invisible surface, my mind told me it was safe; my stomach, however, flipped and kicked.
Venturing outside to the adjacent observation deck came with a price because I had to brace my shoulder against the frigid winds as they whipped my hair and whistled in my ears. I call it altitude with attitude. But it was worth the effort as the city view was laid out before us like a giant, endless blanket; it was hard to tell where the city’s twinkling lights ended and the stars began. The sky was so clear we could see Niagara Falls, New York, across the lake, lit up.
We ended the evening by dining in the 360 Restaurant, a slowly revolving restaurant of epicurean delights sitting 1,150 feet in the atmosphere. "After three bottles of wine, everything will spin," our waiter, Wayne, told us with a smile.
My four-course dinner started with house smoked rainbow trout. This was the amuse bouche, which is French for "amuse the mouth," appropriate since the piece of fish, though tasty, was the size of a bottle cap. Next up was the smoked Atlantic salmon appetizer, which was tender and fleshy. My entrée of fish steak frites (grilled swordfish), garnished with red onion salad, reminded me why I love expertly prepared seafood so much. I topped off my meal with the Dark Chocolate Tower, a chocolate dessert shaped like a tower, but not the CN Tower, as one might expect. It was rich and creamy and the delightful complement to my meal. The meal wasn’t cheap--$386.11 (the tip was automatically added) for six--but how often do you get to dine in the clouds?
Wayne was aware of only one occasion when the CN Tower closed, when a snowstorm prevented anyone from navigating the city. Fortunately for us, this January night afforded a perfect opportunity to dine on fabulous culinary creations while enjoying the sky-high lights and sights of Toronto.
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
August 18, 2010
September 3, 2007
The 360 restaurant is located in the CN Tower. The restaurant revolves around so one can see the full view of the city. The occasion can be formal, relaxed, or casual. The menu is on the Internet. The view is breathtaking from the tower and the staff are friendly and courteous. My husband had a rack of lamb C$52, I had an Ocean white perch C$38 and a bottle of wine C$45. Dessert I think was approximately C$15.
Overall the atmosphere is relaxed and one can stay as long as needed to enjoy the view. Reservations is recommended if you would like to have a seat near the window to see the full view. I have enclosed some pics of the view. Here's a link to make reservations as well as view the menu www.cntower.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at=743Enjoy!
From journal Romantic Getaway
by Russ J Stacey
October 30, 2006
From journal All About Eastern Canada
by Funky Monkey
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
September 2, 2003
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From journal Travels to Toronto
Cork, Ireland, Germany
May 20, 2003
A three-course meal will cost you about 50 - 60 euro but it is well worth it. The restaurant evolves 360 degrees within 72 minutes. It is just absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone that visits Toronto especially for the ones in love. It is such a romantic place.
From journal St.John and Toronto, week 3