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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Sounds like a great place to eat.
Hi Sandra, It was wonderful! Cheers, Lori
I see sushi and that is all I need to get me to visit this place. I do love that it is on a rooftop.
Hi Tara, The maki sushi was so fresh! You would love it! Cheers, Lori
What a gorgeous way to dine! The food looks delicious too!
OMG! Such an amazing place! So perfect for a romantic night!
Wow! This is a really perfect and great place to dine! All the food looks delicious and tasty!
Hi Catalina, I agree that Harriet’s Toronto would be a great place for date night! Cheers, Lori
It sounds really lovely there. I do love the sound of the food you tried. It’s the sort of dishes I would order too.
Hi Melanie, It really is a gorgeous restaurant. I’m really pleased with the dishes I ordered. Cheers, Lori
I know it’s about the resto but I LOVE your dress
Hi Lisa, Thank you! I’m pleased I found this dress! Cheers, Lori
A roof top eatery sounds like a such a great place to visit! The view sounds stunning!
Hi Kelli, Yes, the view from Harriet’s Toronto is incredible! Cheers, Lori
I love how cozy the place looks and the food also seems lovely. It’s such a nice experience dining here.
Hi Ivan, Yes, Harriet’s Toronto checks off all the boxes! Cheers, Lori
sounds like a wonderful place to eat.
Hi Laura, Yes, it’s a fabulous restaurant and patio! Cheers, Lori
I could go for some shrimp tempura about now. The dress is very pretty.
Hi Rosey, Thank you. Yes, I would love another order of shrimp tempura too lol. Cheers, Lori
I love the casual trendy vibe. Food looks yummy!
Hi Heather, Yes! I loved the casual, chic vibe too! The resto is perfect for a summer evening! Cheers, Lori
The food looks delicious. I would have some shrimp and the chicken sliders look good too. I’d like to see what other options they have before ordering. This sounds like a great place to hangout.
The tempura shrimp and chicken sliders were so good! They are known for their sushi, but I imagine everything is good on their menu. Cheers, Lori
The shrimp tempura is calling my name! I’d def want to go to that restaurant and have a yummy dinner with a view.
Hi Lynndee. Yeessss! It called my name too and I wasn’t disappointed! I love a dinner with a view too! Cheers, Lori
Oh, I would love to visit this restaurant. Everything looks so good.
Hi Janet, I do recommend Harriet’s Toronto! Everything we ordered was delicious! Cheers, Lori
What a lovely place to eat! The food looks great!
Hi Tami, The food and the views are amazing! I definitely recommend Harriet’s Toronto! Cheers, Lori
It looks like a wonderful place to dine and have fun! I’d love to visit there someday!
Hi Jennifer, It is a fabulous place! I hope you get a chance to visit! Cheers, Lori
Very nice place !
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