It was just in March of 2015 that we were invited to The One Eighty to check out the brand new relaunch that happened from itself former self, the Panorama Lounge. While the view from the 51st floor was still the same: breathtaking and an obvious draw – it was the food and cocktails that really had us talking.
For starters, the menu had lots of different and playful options, that really speak to the culinary vibrancy of Toronto as a city. So when Nick Lee, the noted photographer and owner of Best of Toronto invited me out for dinner with him to The One Eighty to try out the fall menu, I had a hard time saying no.
The menu was approachable but super rich in flavour, textures and offerings. For example, these Piri Piri Chicken Drummies ($17) which packed a lot of heat, were extra juicy & tender but still somehow made for the perfect appetizer while washing down a cocktail. Because of the heat, it also gave us a bit of time to slow down and catch up on conversation. The thing is (for the most part) when Nick and I see each other at events, we’re working and we don’t actually get to catch up with one another. Nick is one of the veterns of the ‘blogging’ community and one of the people who I always look forward to seeing in a room full of people. Always so genuine, sweet and charismatic.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of anything seafood so when I spotted the Indonesian Style Ahi Tuna ($19), I knew we had to order it. Drizzled in soy, it was simple and fresh and well-done. When you’re working with raw fish, so many things can go terribly wrong and everything about this dish was spot on. The only complaint I had? The cones. While visually they made for great presentation, they did not make a whole lot of sense otherwise. If you had just given me a bowl full of ahi-tuna, I would have been a very happy girl.
Next up, we decided to test drive the Korean BBQ Quail ($32) from their main dish menu. The BBQ sauce was sticky and sweet, with hints of chili garlic. When quail is cooked properly, it will be tender and juicy and ours were just that. Laying on a bed of lime scented black rice – it made for a perfect dish. I kept licking every bit of the BBQ sauce right off my finger tips and ate every single grain of rice.
But my favourite dish of the evening was the Butternut Squash Risotto ($28), mostly because anything risotto is my favourite. The dish promised goat cheese and fried sage and topped itself off with gold leaf. While it was creamy and rich, it also has a natural sweetness. Honestly, this is the perfect fall dish.
If you’re looking for a great fall date night place or just a place for after-work snack, I would totally check-out The One Eighty. Get the risotto or the ahi-tuna, those were my two stand out dishes.Tags: 51st Floor, Ahi Tuna, Ama Scriver, Amanda Scriver, Best of Toronto, Blogger Dates, Butternut squash, Eatertainment, fall, Fall Menu, Korean BBQ, Manulife Centre, Nick Lee, Quail, raw fish, risotto, Tartare, The One Eighty, Tuna