On what turned out to be the hottest day of my visit to TBEX, I took a break to visit the Park Hyatt Toronto, in a neighborhood called Yorkville, north of downtown. I don’t know why, but I expected Toronto to have cool, grey weather like Seattle (not hot and sticky like New York) and was in desperate need of a drink. I was told this hotel was the place to go.
Their Roof Lounge is known for sweeping views of downtown, though with all those buildings you won’t get a glimpse of the
river lake. I’m not sure the view is actually worth it, but I did enjoy the food and drink. I had a wonderful Scottish ale and some sweet-and-sour pulled pork sliders.
I am so sick of pulled pork sliders drenched in a saccharin glaze of KC Masterpiece that these were a nice departure, especially with the crunchy slaw. I probably would have ordered another round while I sat and read the newspaper if I hadn’t had a party to go to. But now that I’m back in Seattle I will definitely be making an effort to find more Scottish ales.
The bartender knew his stuff, including more than one way to make a Sazerac. This is my usual test for a quality bar; if they can’t make a Sazerac then they better be cheap or have great atmosphere. Fortunately the Roof Lounge also has the latter. No, they’re not cheap, but I thought it was worth the price.
Although I didn’t actually stay at the Park Hyatt, I will probably choose this property the next time I visit Toronto. My review of the Westin Harbour Castle found that the property’s proximity to the waterfront made it too remote from the rest of the city. The Hyatt Regency was well-situated in the middle of the entertainment district and had a rooftop pool, but restaurants and theater are not why I would visit Toronto.
Instead, I often visit museums when I travel, and there are many of those in Yorkville. The Royal Ontario Museum, for example, is directly across the street from the Park Hyatt. I did not have much time to spend there, but I did like the exhibit on gemstones and minerals. This is probably my favorite part of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, and despite visiting the Smithsonian many times, I still learned a few things at the Royal Ontario.
I just wish they hadn’t built a giant modernist facade to replace the entrance. Ugh. It looks like I. M. Pei’s pyramid metastasized and tried to engulf the Louvre.