The latest must-experience Bloor-Yorkville dining destination is AP Restaurant from renowned Canadian chef, Antonio Park. The stunning location, atop the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, might be your initial draw to the restaurant, but you’ll soon realize AP offers an unexpected combination of flavours based on Antonio Park’s upbringing. With a Korean background and having attended culinary school in Japan, the menu is described as Japanese with pan-Asian ingredients, but reflects Park’s unique experience of growing up in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. We suggest treating yourself to a night out at AP, taking in the ambience, creative menu, and of course, the stunning views.
Rooftop Dining in Toronto with AP Restaurant
The restaurant has an immediate glamour about it, starting with the private elevator that will take you straight up to the 51st floor (with AP being the only available destination). Stepping into the elevator marks your escape from the city and up to AP’s own little world, featuring grand views of Toronto. Marble, wood, and plush velvet create a cozy and sophisticated space, but the main event (aside from the food) is the stunning views. The rooftop balcony offers sweeping views of the city streets and landmark buildings, all the way down to the lake. While there are a number of rooftop restaurants around the city, the vantage point offered from the height at AP really lends itself to an experience like no other.
Antonio Park’s Japanese Pan-Asian Menu
The grand setting immediately makes the occasion feel extra special and the menu itself does not disappoint. While some key ingredients are sourced from Japan, seafood is driven over fresh from the East Coast of Canada with produce being sourced as local as possible. You’ll find a selection of Cold Starters, including a fresh “Park Slaw,” Bluefin Tuna Tataki, and Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche. Hot Starters include Aka Dashi (described as a Western twist on traditional miso soup), Kimchi Gyoza, and A5 Waygu Tacos. The vast Sushi menu features Ora King Salmon, Hokkaido Scallops, Chu Toro and much more, with the Maki menu including Soft Shell crab, Veggie, and Shrimp Tempura. For those with an adventurous spirit, the Chef’s Selection offerings include three different offerings at the chef’s discretion.
Perhaps you’re hoping to stop by the bar for drinks after work? Enjoy an extensive cocktail list full of creative combinations (the Hana Spritz featuring Asian pear sake, st-germain, hibiscus and prosecco being one) along with a full selection of cocktail classics, and an impressive list of wines from around the world, sake, and beer. With a global beverage offering, you’re sure to find something you’ve never tried before!
Guests to the restaurant enjoy free parking at the Manulife Centre, validated at the restaurant. Enter on the north side of Charles Street West between Bay Street and Balmuto Street.
51st Floor, 55 Bloor Street West, Manulife Centre