Restaurant: 360 at the CN Tower
Location: 301 Front Street W, Toronto, ON
Cuisine: Seafood/ European/ Steakhouse
Price: $25 & Up
Being a tourist in Toronto, I had to visit the CN Tower before leaving. The best way is definitely to eat at the 360 Restaurant because you get a free lift up to the tower; you can visit the Observatory, the Sky Walk, Glass Floor and etc. after your meal. So rather than paying just to go up, you can pay for a nice meal while enjoying a 360 view of the city!
I’ve been to a few “360″ Restaurants, and the 360 at the CN Tower has a similar atmosphere. I went around lunch time, so the clientele was mostly families and older couples. The service was very attentive and knowledge about any dishes we weren’t sure about:).
Luckily it was was sunny outside so I could enjoy a bright view of the city during my meal!
With a Prix Fixe Set Lunch, we start off with some amuse bouche.
Feta Cheese and Watermelon, who knew the flavors meshed so well? Very fresh and interesting mixture of texture and taste. While the brush of Balsamic Vinegar Reduction added a subtle flavor to the combination. It’s quite difficult to explain, but it was a light sweet and salty taste, that was just perfect in this amount.
Excellent amuse bouche! The sharp flavors really stimulated my tastes buds. A very bold tomato flavor with a dense texture from the mix of vegetable chunks. The small addition of dill sour cream added a slight creaminess to the initial taste, but wasn’t masked by the tomato. A great start :)
The seasoned mashed Yukon potatoes were creamy, yet light and fluffy. Nothing heavy like butter mashed potatoes (although I love BUTTERY MASHED POTATOES), just lightly seasoned. The highlighted flavors of this dish was definitely from the silky square of Smoked Atlantic Salmon. Accompanied by drops of honey Dijon vinaigrette, the natural essence of the Salmon was perfection.
The tart had a golden flaky crust that was somewhat buttery against the lips. Stuffed with chunks of crispy asparagus and some goat cheese. I’m definitely not a fan of goat cheese, so I was glad that the cheese flavor was very faint but added a creaminess underneath the crust. A bit heavy for an appetizer, but it was justly balanced with thin slices of prosciutto. Enjoyably salty with a smooth texture, delish!
I must say the onion rings were perfectly battered, not overly coated for a thin crisp crunch. While the presentation was clean; no oddly shaped or sloppy battered onion rings. The steak was cooked just right right with a juicy pink color. Beautiful grill marks on the top, which really added a smokey flavor on the outside. Served with buttery mashed potatoes, which were absolutely “melt-in-your-mouth” creamy and fresh French beans.
Shrimp, scallops, smoked salmon, crab and mussels, asparagus, grilled fennel, roasted peppers. Pretty much Neptune’s Feast in a bowl. It was difficult to enjoy because the air conditioning was on so high and I was already cold from being next to the window. But the seafood was undoubtedly fresh:). Everything was “at most” lightly seasoned, so I could savor the natural flavors of the seafood. My favorite was the scallops, crab, and smoked salmon. The scallops were soft and juicy with a slightly grilled top. While the crab was served in an easy-to-eat form (just the claw), so one bite and I could enjoy the moist and flaky meat of the claw.
In terms of vegetables, the roasted peppers were the highlight of the salad. Evenly seasoned with a burst of smokey pepper flavor, which went great with the small bites of mussels. The grilled asparagus and fennel lacked unique flavor. I would have preferred more heavily seasoned vegetables because the seafood had very faint flavors. However, overall I was very please since I’d been craving a seafood binge for awhile!
I adored the presentation:)! Plated with an appealing palette of colors and detailed construction. Topped with a crunchy piece of dark chocolate dusted with powdered sugar. While underneath the cylindrical marble chocolate stencil surrounded a rich mousse cake. Extremely rich chocolate flavors from the compilation of elements. However, I was delighted by the raspberry vanilla crème Anglaise, which added a fruity flavor to the chocolate ensemble. Not to mention, brilliantly accompanied with blackberries which have just a subtle sweetness. Great dessert! Not too sweet, but surprised me with a variety of flavors:).
The food and view were an exceptional combination. I’d definitely like to revisit during dinner time to admire the night-view of the city. It was a good value for the Prix Fixe Menu choices, but I’m sure ordering A la Carte may come up quite pricey. Nevertheless, I was thoroughly impressed by their fresh ingredients and intricate designs in presentation. Needless to say, 360 is definitely worth a visit (especially for tourists like myself;)).