360 Restaurant at CN Tower kindly invited Torontonicity to experience a complimentary lunch at the revolving restaurant and I could not refuse. Like many Toronto residents, I had not been up the CN Tower in years so I was excited to see how the restaurant had changed. When you arrive at the CN Tower, you have to allow about 10 minutes to get through security before being directed to the elevators to take you to 360 Restaurant. Then you are on your way.
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When we arrived at 360 Restaurant, we were impressed by the light and airy decor. We were seated at a window seat and our immediate view was of Harbour Castle and Harbourfront.
The forecast was calling for sun/cloud and when we arrived at 12:15 p.m., it was still sunny. The lake glistened and sparkled below…breathtaking!
Our very gracious server brought us some water and gave us the menus to peruse. We ordered from the three course prix fixe menu, which is $74 per person (the two course prix fixe is $60 per person). There is also an a la carte menu featuring rib eyes, striploins and tenderloins aged 45 years.
For starters, my dining partner (my mom!) ordered the Housemade Country Terrine while I ordered Local Beet & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad. My mother also ordered a glass of Angel’s Gate ‘Sussreserve’ Riesling ($15 for 6 oz.) to enjoy. Thankfully, our appetizers did not arrive right away and we were able to enjoy the unsurpassed view of Toronto, while taking a slew of photos. It’s incredible to see the sea of condos from up above and I even spotted my old condo at Wellington Street West and Strachan Avenue. We also had an amazing view of the Financial District.
My mom enjoyed the Housemade Country Terrine, which was dressed with a sweet/sour/salty marinade. The terrine was served with both Enoki mushrooms and another type of mushroom.
My Beet and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad was delicious. Buffalo Mozzarella is much lighter than regular Mozzarella…it almost shreds when you stick a fork in it! The yellow and red beets were lightly cooked and featured a similar sweet/salty marinade as the terrine. The sweetness of the beets complemented the mild flavour of the Buffalo Mozzarella. A beautifully executed dish!
For entrees, my mom ordered the Atlantic Salmon Filet while I ordered the Fogo Island Cod. Both dishes were served with the fish placed on top of delicately prepared vegetables. Serving the fish like this is a great way to keep the veggies warm. The Atlantic Salmon was cooked to perfection – beautifully moist – and the sweet corn puree was the perfect complement to the fish. Julienne butternut squash not only looked lovely on top of the salmon, but provided a contrasting soft yet chewy texture.
My Fogo Island Cod was tender and I loved the fish’s spicy accompaniment of the cilantro & scallion puree. Strands of yellow and green zucchini were cooked perfectly al dente. The Salt Cod and Yukon Gold potato croquettes were outstanding and provided the perfect crispy texture to the soft textures of the fish and zucchini.
My mom ordered the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake, but had secretly been thinking of having the Warm Maple & Almond Pound Cake with Sour Cherries. Our server read her mind and brought her both desserts! The Dark Chocolate Lava Cake was moist, sweet and delicious, but the Warm Maple & Almond Pound Cake was a revelation. My mom loved the combination of sweet maple with sour cherries and the almonds provided a needed nutty balance. There was no way she could finish both desserts so our server bagged them so that she could take them home.
During our lunch, the restaurant revolved almost two whole times; when our lunch ended, we were almost facing the lake again.
We decided to walk down to the Lookout Level. Although the views are impressive, it did not beat the experience that we had just enjoyed at 360 Restaurant. We also walked down to see the glass floor. It was impossible to get a proper photo of the glass floor as people were lying splayed out on the floor taking selfies, but here is a photo showing the top of Ripley’s Aquarium. It’s a long way down…
Once you take the elevator down to the bottom, you have to exit through the CN Tower Gift Store. Take a look inside. I saw a really cute Toronto tee in pink featuring a map of the city that was only $18. Is it too kitschy to wear a Toronto tee when you are from Toronto? I didn’t buy it, but I might next time.
Lunch at 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower was an extraordinary experience. The food and service were exceptional and the views outstanding. We both agreed that we would be hard-pressed to find another dining experience that would beat it. While you’re in the area, you might want to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, which is next door to the CN Tower.
360 Restaurant at the CN Tower, 301 Front Street West, 416-362-5411.