High in the Sky : Lunch on the Roof of The Bisha Hotel

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I was treated to a great afternoon out with my friend Julie, as a belated birthday gift. It was a surprise, so, aside from the date and time, all I knew about the outing was that we'd be having lunch, we'd be able to walk there from my place, and that I was to "wear something a step above casual". The destination was an intriguing mystery and I was pretty excited!

The day came, and along with it, skies as cloudy as could be, and it was suddenly quite cool out; this after a mini heatwave of record breaking temperatures on the days leading up. It didn't matter though, as it wasn't raining out, and perfect walking weather.

As we walked eastward along King Street West, past Spadina, approaching Blue Jays Way (which is Peter Street north of King.) I still had no idea where we were going, when instructed to turn right. Then, we soon made another right, and were suddenly facing a pair of huge black doors, with ornate golden handles.

bisha hotel downtown toronto


entrance to hotel


We were at "Bisha, Boutique Hotel and Residences", where we crossed through a cool dark lobby (that smelled really nice), to an elevator. We got in and went up. Way up. Stopping at the 44th floor, to find a restaurant up there in the sky.

restaurant sign


kost restaurant looking eastward toronto


at kost restaurant toronto


Kōst (pronounced "Coast") is "Inspired by the Baja Peninsula, Executive Chef Ben Heaton unites the bright, fresh and lively flavours of the Californian and Mexican coastlines by way of colourful dishes and refreshing cocktails."

As mentioned, it was cool and cloudy out, so we were seated indoors. The room is enclosed by floor to ceiling windows, so being inside was perfectly fine, at our bright corner table with excellent views. However, they do have some tables outside on the rooftop patio, that I imagine are amazing at night.

To drink, Julie had a glass of Prosecco and I a glass of Pinot Grigio. To eat, Julie chose the "Charcoal Grilled Chicken BLT with Black pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon mayo" and I went for the "California Burger, with Feta, pickled jalapeño, charcoal grilled pepper and tomato relish".

toast


lunch at kost restaurant toronto top floor of bisha hotel blue jays way


us


looking towards the west from top floor of bisha hotel kosh restaurant toronto


It was all delicious, and the service was great.

I have only good things to say about our experience at Kōst.

After lunch, we went outside for a look at the patio.

outdoor seating kost restaurant rooftop of bisha hotel toronto


skydome and cn tower seen from top of bisha hotel toronto


view from roof of bisha hotel toronto blue jays way peter and king


rooftop pool bisha hotel toronto


outdoor seating rooftop pool area bisha hotel toronto


j and plant


Back down in the lobby ...

orchids


lobby of bisha hotel toronto


seating in the lobby at bisha hotel toronto


looking towards entrance to lobby bar bisha hotel toronto


While admiring the beautiful decor, including the crushed velvet wallpaper, we met the building's event manager who invited us to take a little tour of the lobby bar and another restaurant that offers dinner.

She told us that every decorative element in the hotel was custom made.

The bar, called "Mister C Bar Room", was dark and comfortable, with a unique round fireplace at the far end. The walls were decorated with framed Alexander McQueen scarves collected by the owner.

lobby bar bisha hotel toronto


lounge seating at bisha hotel lobby bar


inside mr c bar room at bisha hotel toronto


The restaurant, located on the second floor, which you access via a gold gilded staircase, is called "Akira Back", and is described as "Japanese cuisine with Korean flavors and now a Canadian twist: famed chef Akira Back".

akira back japanese restaurant at bisha hotel toronto


akira back restaurant bisha hotel toronto


place setting at akira back japanese restaurant bisha hotel toronto


flowers


gilded staircase


j at the door


Back outside, I had a chance to really look at the building, which was completed less than a year ago. It's one of those new builds that I love the best, where the new construction melds with the historic building that already existed on the site.

bisha hotel toronto looking up blue jays way peter and king street west


head sculpture outside bisha hotel toronto


out front


looking up bisha hotel toronto


There's another restaurant seen from the outside, called "French Made", offering "Salads, grains and veggies. Sandwiches on sourdough and baguettes. (Bonjour, Croque Monsieur!) Cakes, pies, eclairs, tarts and even more delectable French pastries".

french made cafe bisha hotel blue jays way near king street west toronto


All the restaurants at Bisha and the bar are open to the public, so you don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy them. However, if you are looking for a hotel room in downtown Toronto, consider staying here. I'll temp you with this link which leads to images of their gorgeous rooms.

Big thanks to Jules for such a nice outing, and to Jae for showing us around. It was a lovely and memorable experience.

And thank you for reading,
xo loulou




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2 Responses to High in the Sky : Lunch on the Roof of The Bisha Hotel

  1. This was such a fun lunch, and even better by the surprise tour! Thanks for being wonderful, as you always are. xo

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