Look up, waaaay up! On the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre sits the newly renovated and rebranded One Eighty (formerly Panorama Lounge). The new space is everything one would imagine: breathtaking, visually appealing and trendy. It’s a great space for a cocktail (or two, maybe three…) with a potential new partner or to catch up with friends.
The renovation (which took place in a speedy five weeks) has transformed the restaurant into something that is almost unrecognizable from its former self. Throughout the dining area, black and white tile give it a modern feel while guests are treated to floor to ceiling windows giving them a 180-degree view of our beautiful city (or as Drake would call it, the 6ix). It truly is the perfect backdrop on any occasion.
While owner Sebastian Centner may have made several changes to the interior, him and Chef Christopher Matthews have worked hard on creating an inspired new menu that would inspire comfort, showcase different worldly flavours and keep guests coming back for more. One of the neat ideas was the playful take on a dim-sum cart, which they have used for appetizers and snacks including brussel sprout caesar and the cutest (and smallest) cast iron pan of pork belly, all ranging from $5-10.
But if it’s main courses you’re after, then don’t fret because The One Eighty has tons of options to choose from. Let’s start with salads, the beef carpaccio ($16) paired alongside fresh green beans, frisée and shaved pecorino is a beautiful balance of flavours and components. But my favourite had to be the ricotta caprese salad ($16.00) paired with arugula, micro greens & market tomatoes. It was rich and creamy and bright. Should you want to keep with a classic, try their Ribbon Salad ($14.00) comprised of frisée, seasonal vegetables and a maple mustard vinaigrette.
The hearty courses don’t disappoint either, while they have the typical beef tenderloin ($36.00) – you should check out the pork tenderloin porchetta ($27.00) with a smokey summer succotash & pepper broth. If you’re feeling a lighter option, then Provencal Salmon ($28.00) with lentils is available.
All in all, the food and the space is a vast improvement from its former Panorama Lounge days and would be a highlight for those who are looking for a beautiful evening to dine high in the sky.Tags: 51st Floor, cocktails, Dimsum Cart, Manulife Centre, Panorama Lounge, Snack Bar, The One Eighty, toronto, Where to Dine Toronto