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The Rooftop at the Broadview Hotel

The Broadview Hotel represents one of Toronto’s most enormous transformations. What was once the notorious strip club Jilly’s has been turned into something of an eastern version of the Drake hotel, with a downstairs cafe bar and a rooftop hotel that may just put Sky Yard to shame.

Area restaurateurs Eric Joyal and John Sinopoli of Hi-LoAscari Enoteca and the now-closed Table 17 are responsible for the promising food program here, which is offered in a variety of settings.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

For one thing, the views here certainly beat a third-floor gaze down at Queen Street.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

The rooftop space incorporates both indoor and outdoor areas.

Broadview Hotel TorontoFrom here you can see from the lake all the way to Eglinton on the other side.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

The indoor roof space is bathed in a calming dark teal with comfy chairs and a lively bar scene, which also extends outdoors.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

It’s decorated with chic modern hanging terrariums as well as touches that recall the past like lamps in the shape of nude ladies.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Fried smelts ($12) provide a fun, light fried snack that’s salty and a little oily but still airy, dressed with some cilantro and cress and served with a slightly spicy harissa mayo.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

A clean bay scallop ceviche ($16) resting in a pool of leche de tigre with a little heat offers something different with each bite, with crispy garlic chips, elegant little rounds of crunchy cucumber and spicy chili, and airy mounds of South American sweet potato that add some sweet richness.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Jerk ribs ($16) come courtesy of a chef from Table 17 who went off to Cadillac Jenkins at one point and brought his experience there back to the Broadview Hotel. He’s good at nailing the balance of heat and spices in the two-day marinade.

They’re cooked sous vide after marinating, and then given a final quick cook. I appreciate how this locks flavour into the ribs, though they’re not one hundred percent fall-off-the-bone juicy and tender. Still, I love the idea of incorporating jerk flavours into this protein, and jalapeno cornbread is buttery dynamite.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Mini kofteh ($17) come on house pita with house pickled turnips, lamb and beef balls are seasoned with cumin, coriander and black pepper.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

The Riverside ($16) cocktail is made with a house rhubarb shrub, Bulleit rye, Benedictine, and almond syrup. The rhubarb really sweetens the rye up and the shaken cocktail is foamy and airy, with the aroma of a lemon rind garnish lending refreshing citrus.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

The downstairs bar also serves coffee and cocktails, as well as a limited food menu.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Pop some bubbly or sip on rose in this neon-clad space with a historical but updated and open feel.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Of course, there are also accommodations at Broadview Hotel, but even if you don't stay the night, it's remarkable to see the transformation here over dinner and drinks.

Broadview Hotel Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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