Come for the views (from the 54th floor), and stay for some of the best wines (and yes, food, but really the wines) you’ve ever tasted.
Touting to offer “inventive Canadian cuisine & exceptional views,” Canoe doesn’t disappoint on either. The panoramic views of the Toronto skyline as far as you can see (on hopefully a clear day or early evening) are phenomenal. You’ll spend at least 10 minutes ogling out the windows.
Once you sit down, the wine list is the true star of the show. I went to a hosted dinner, so we didn’t select the wines individually, but the ones chosen were perfect, from the Champagne Henriot passed around when we walked in to the Domaine de Fontavin Chateauneuf du Pape paired with our entreés.
The Canadian cuisine is stamped by the local veggies, grains, dairy and meat that goes into Canoe’s dishes. My first course was the mushroom velouté, which honestly I expected would have been the size of a double shot glass but really was American-sized taking up a whole bowl, most of which I consumed with the addictive brown bread on the table.
The risotto for my main course was a bit smaller, for which I was thankful as I had eaten so much bread, but the maple tart dessert really left a satisfying taste in my mouth (and memory) after dinner.
But the real star of the show for me that evening was having a glass of Chateau Montelena’s famous Chardonnay. Anyone who knows me well knows I don’t like most chardonnays. But I wasn’t about to pass up this opportunity (and of course, it was incredible). It also gave me a chance to winesplain about the Judgment of Paris as well as talk about one of my favorite Alan Rickman movies, Bottle Shock. (And I completely forgot Chris Pine was in that movie!)