If you're a Torontonian, there is no doubt that you know about Panorama - the lounge that was at the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre in Yorkville. I've been there a few times and yes, although it has the fantastic views of Toronto and it's a romantic spot, the food offering was lacking and after just a couple of visits, I never went back. To my excitement the venue has been reinvented as The One Eighty. What makes it different than its former venue? There's a bigger focus on the culinary experience, an elevated cocktail menu the space itself has been revamped to be both fun and luxe.
The new space at 2,500 square feet is modern but comfortable with grey underlying tones with rich metals. You get both traditional and contemporary luxury at The One Eighty! The floor to ceiling windows on the North and South side of the restaurant brightens the entire space with natural light during the day and in contrast, the venue becomes a romantic setting after sunset.
Keeping to Panorama's lounge vibe, there is no shortage of cocktails are The One Eighty. You can get anything from a light refreshing drink like the Blood Orange Sangria to a bourbon-based Draper.
Prosciutto, smoked provolone, pesto & arugula on a hand stretch dough with spicy & chive infused extra virgin olive oils
French green beans, frisée, chive oil & pecorino
Red slaw with coriander, Sriracha sour cream, pico de gallo & lime
With vegetable pickle & peppery lettuces
Served warm with house made black pepper kettle chips
Gem Lettuces ($15.00)
Grilled artichokes, cured tomatoes & cipollini onions
Ribbon Salad ($14.00)
Spring vegetables & maple mustard vinaigrette
Ricotta Caprese Salad ($16.00)
With Arugula, micro greens & market tomatoes
Le Puy lentils, baby kale, tomatoes, olives & lemon
Smokey summer succotash & pepper broth
Pan seared beef tenderloin server with buttermilk spun potatoes & asparagus
With vanilla bean ice cream
With candied orange & petrified mandarin crisps
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart ($12.00)
Candied peanut bark & dark chocolate ganache
Overall, the food menu definitely improved since Panorama, the highlights of the night for us were the Chèvre & Grilled Leek Tart, Crab & Lobster Dip, Provencal Salmon and the Beef Tenderloin. Everything we had on the dessert menu, however were all delectable. I would totally go back for more of that Jumbo Molten Chocolate Macaron! The Porchetta dish was very dry and not enjoyable and the Fish Tacos didn't prove taste as good as it looked.
With the weather getting nicer in Toronto, The One Eighty is going to be a hot spot this summer, especially once their 1,500 square feet patio opens!
- Our meal was complimentary but opinions are our own -