A buzzy celebrity chef’s hot spot in Toronto

80 Tables

One Restaurant located inside The Hazelton Hotel is a glamorous part of Toronto-based celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s acclaimed restaurant group. (You may recognize him as the head judge of Top Chef Canada.)

McEwan’s first restaurant, North 44, opened in 1990 as a go-to fine-dining spot in the city’s Midtown neighborhood. ByMark opened in 2002 in the Financial District and has since become a much-frequented staple for Toronto’s power lunchers (it’s known especially for the grass-fed strip loin burger topped with Brie de Meaux and shaved truffle). So when McEwan opened One Restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel in 2007, it was no surprise that the elevated French/Italian-inspired flavors thrills diners, as does the sharp décor and buzzy scene.

Inside, the dining room is unabashedly sultry with chocolate-brown leather booths, dim lights, textured walls and pops of glam gold and red among a sea of neutrals. The 16-seat Neil Young Room is reserved for those in town to discuss business or just have an intimate evening with a small group. 

The Patio

Wrapping the street-level corner of The Hazelton Hotel at Yorkville and Hazelton avenues in the heart of Toronto’s high-end Yorkville neighborhood, the patio continues to be a place to see and be seen from late spring through mid-autumn. The charming space is tree-lined and candle-lit (with heaters for those cooler fall evenings) and is regarded as one of the town’s best patios.

If you’re able to snag a coveted alfresco table, order a seasonal cocktail such as the boozy strawberry-mint lemonade served by the pitcher during summer. 

The Food

The Yorkville restaurant's menu can easily suit the global traveler staying at The Hazelton Hotel. Inspired by local ingredients (menus change seasonally) with global flavors, the menu offers appetizers like foie gras mousse on crostini, crispy Korean chicken tacos or truffled pierogies. A festive Cajun-rubbed yellowfin tuna or a Japanese-style miso-glaze black cod or a Thai green curry arctic char are just a few of the sophisticated seafood options.
For the carnivorous, there are steaks ranging from USDA prime strip loin and Ontario milk-fed veal chops to chipotle-style beef short ribs and Moroccan-style chicken. 

Few restaurants in the city boast a wine and spirits list as extensive as One’s. Plenty of options by the glass allow for extensive tasting of wines from the nearby Niagara wine region. Vintage champagnes from Louis Roederer, Perrier-Jouët and Dom Pérignon are there to impress for special occasions. The vast list of vinos ranges from California chardonnays and rieslings from Mosel to malbecs from Argentina and classic French Bordeaux. Top-shelf whiskies, cognacs and premium tequilas are plenty, too.

The Dining Options

For guests of the hotel, the Toronto restaurant offers 24-hour room service and private catering. Additionally, One serves breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

While there’s a lot of variety within the menus, there’s also quite a bit of healthy options, too. (For business travelers, this is a especially a luxury.) For breakfast, choose from egg white omelets, Greek yogurt parfaits, housemade granola, or fresh-fruit smoothies, protein shakes and freshly squeezed juices.

Later in the day, those who want to watch their waistline can opt for lighter, healthier, Mediterranean-style dishes like yellowfin tuna sashimi, Cobb salad or the branzino.

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