Harriet’s Toronto has opened its rooftop for its first time this summer 2022. This dazzling rooftop restaurant and lounge at 1 Hotel Toronto boasts sweeping views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario while offering a decidedly upscale experience. Torontonicity was recently invited to a media preview to sample the new menu.
Due to COVID restrictions, Harriet’s Toronto was never able to open last summer, but it did open in fall 2021.
You know you’re entering luxury when you take a step off the elevator leading to the 12th floor rooftop. My immediate impression of Harriet’s Toronto was the expanse of light and space. This is due to the new glass retractable rooftop that allows for dining in all kinds of weather with an unobstructed view of the city.
Once you step inside, you’ll notice that the decor, like the restaurant, follows the motto, “Bigger is better”. This is witnessed in the oversized lounge seating with comfy cushions, which was so inviting. Following the design strategy of 1 Hotel Toronto, Harriet’s Toronto has incorporated many sustainable materials into its space.
We were quickly greeted by our friendly server Anna-Maria who provided more information about the cocktail and dinner menus. Some of the resto’s unique summer cocktails include The Beaches, $20, with Bacardi Ocho 8, spiced pineapple syrup, coconut water, lime and Angostura bitters. JoJo, $22, is a refreshing concoction of Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain, Monetto Prosecco, fresh strawberries and lemon.
The summer 2022 menu created by Executive Chef Derek Powers Jr. features Japanese-influenced items such as sushi, tempura, Miso Cod, Takoyaki and Nasu Dengaku.
We started with Shrimp Tempura, $18, for an appetizer. What a great choice! There were five large shrimp wrapped in a crispy batter that was light enough that it enhanced the flavour of the shrimp as opposed to burying it. This is definitely a must-have dish if you visit Harriet’s Toronto!
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At the server’s urging, I opted for the Chicken Katsu Sando, $24, and I was pleasantly surprised. Two chicken sliders arrived in a fried buttermilk coating, slathered with a mayo-based slaw with a spicy Gochujang barbecue sauce and accompanied by the crispiest fried potato chips west of Yonge Street. This is one upscale fried chicken sandwich! I loved the variety of crunchy textures and the spicy sauce did not overpower the tender chicken. I dare you to not finish both sliders!
Our server advised us that sushi was a specialty on the menu. Accordingly, my dining partner ordered the Spicy Tuna Maki, $14, and California Maki, $18. For those who don’t know, maki differs from sushi in that it contains a piece of Nori wrapped around the fish. While my dining partner found the tuna a bit too spicy, I tried a piece of both of the maki and loved the Spicy Tuna. As a guidepost, I like food that’s spicy, but not the burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth variety and I found the maki just right. The mysterious spices really elevated the sushi to a new level for me since I’m used to having blander fish. The California Maki was exceptionally fresh.
Right beside Harriet’s Toronto is a gorgeous swimming pool from which you can see the CN Tower. I had to check it out. By the way, the pool is open to 1 Hotel Toronto guests only.
If you’re looking for a cool patio to chill with your loved one or besties, Harriet’s Toronto is one of the best looking Toronto patios in the city – and the well-executed food backs it up!
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