Even though it’s been an unbearably long winter in Toronto, an early visit to Baro Restaurant for the launch of their new rooftop patio offered a sneak peek of good things to come this summer. Perched behind King Street West, steps from start-up offices and the advertising creatives, Baro’s rooftop patio will definitely be one of the hottest destination rooftop patios in Toronto for the summer of 2019.
The signature feature of the gorgeously decorated, lush green 4th story rooftop is a glassed in terrace. The solarium at Baro is perfect for sunning yourself with a Coconut Mojito (Bacardi Superior, Lime, and mint with coconut water) on a Monday after work, or cozying up under a blanket with a date and downing a Drunk in Love (Vodka, watermelon, cucumber, fresh lime & mint).
The kitchen is putting out an inspired selection of Latin American BBQ snacks, under the jovial helm of Steve Gonzalez, all cooked over a behemoth stainless steel open-fire oven, custom built and featuring a grill and spit. Gonzalez’s Grilled Ceviche Mixto offers a plethora of tasty seafood treats (octopus, scallop, white shrimp & salmon), all infused with the wood smoke and adding a depth of flavour to the usually simple, tart and citrus flavours of the dish.
But the crowd pleaser is definitely going to be the Big Mac empanada, a fun spin around with the Mickey-d’s take offs that have been popping up on hip eatery menus around the world for the last decade or so.
My favourite dish was the pollo a la brasa, simple grilled chicken wings, with the fat perfectly rendered and the succulent meat balanced by the smooth, sultry taste of charred hard wood. The wings were so good that the overly sweet barbecue sauce almost seemed like an afterthought.
Either way, the star of Baro’s new rooftop patio is always going to be the space itself. As the sun slipped into the cracks of Toronto’s west end, and the downtown windows lit up, Baro’s rooftop came alive with that magical glow, and you felt in the moment that something special was about to happen. By the time you read this, you should be heading over there for a cocktail and barbecue.
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