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Summer is an ideal time for dining on one of the many leafy patios tucked throughout Toronto’s fascinating neighbourhoods. The outdoor patio at One Restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel is a posh choice in the heart of town. It’s definitely the best place to eat in the Yorkville neighbourhood when it comes to atmosphere and cuisine.
A prime time to visit One Restaurant is during Summerlicious and Winterlicious, Toronto’s popular restaurant celebrations featuring discounted rates on set menus and culinary events.
Related: Read more about Toronto’s best neighbourhoods and top things to do in our Insider’s Guide to Toronto.
If you’re not familiar with this popular food festival, Summerlicious is the 17-day event promoted by the City of Toronto featuring more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus at one of three price categories.
The dates for Summerlicious 2019 are July 5 – 21, 2019.
*Prices are: Lunch: $23 | $28 | $33 or Dinner: $33 | $43 | $53
*Prices are subject to change without notice and beverages, taxes and gratuities are not included.
Aeroplan Members and Summerlicious
For food fans, the biggest challenge with getting the restaurant reservations you want for Summerlicious is that popular restaurants — like One Restaurant — get fully booked quickly.
Here’s an insider tip:
Aeroplan members get special benefits during Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Aeroplan is a premiere sponsor of Summerlicious and Aeroplan members enjoy the perk of making advance reservations at participating restaurants a day before the general public.
Not yet a member of the Aeroplan Loyalty Program? It’s easy and free to enroll here.
But there’s another little-known benefit Aeroplan members get. In addition to advance reservations, Aeroplan members also get special privileges (such as a complimentary glass of champagne, bubbly wine or amuse bouche) at participating restaurants when they show the server their Aeroplan card or an Aeroplan-affiliated credit card upon arrival.
Check out the list of bonus extras on the Aeroplan Moments to Savour website.
When Aeroplan invited us to check out the advance reservation system with dinner at ONE Restaurant, we quickly made space on our summer calendar, donned our summer fashion apparel ( while ONE restaurant doesn’t have an official dress code it’s a chic, fancy restaurant so you don’t want to show up wearing flip flops and spandex cycling shorts) and headed to Yorkville to enjoy dinner at a prime-time slot of Sunday night at 7:30 pm.
The Aeroplan advantage is super handy for scoring prime-time reservations at a top restaurants (like ONE Restaurant) during Summerlicious.
Dining at ONE Restaurant Hazelton Hotel
Dining at ONE Restaurant is a real treat. It’s one of Toronto’s top restaurants for lunch or dinner so Summerlicious is an opportunity to to sample its fine cuisine at a very appealing rate. ONE Restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef and restauranteur Mark McEwan and Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby.
Chef McEwan has a stellar reputation built through a vast repertoire of culinary projects that includes top upscale restaurants such as Bymark, Diwan (within the stunning Aga Khan Museum), North 44 and ONE Restaurant as well as a cookware line by Fresco and role as head judge on “Top Chef Canada “.
Located within easy walking distance of Yonge and Bloor, One Restaurant is also a prime spot on Toronto’s patio scene. ONE Restaurant is located within the Hazelton Hotel, a boutique luxury hideaway situated in the heart of fashionable Yorkville and close to the Royal Ontario Museum, one of the top places to visit in Toronto.
Best known for its celebrity clientele during the Toronto International Film Festival each September, it’s also a summer dining favourite due to ONE’s expertly prepared contemporary cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients and inviting outdoor patio.
With our Aeroplan advance reservations in place, we arrived at ONE Restaurant and were greeted by the hostess and seated on their bustling wraparound patio. Situated in a perfectly shaded spot our table offered a great view of the people-watching on Yorkville while Ferraris and exotic vehicles glided by.
One Restaurant Menu
Once at our table, we were greeted by our server and provided with our complimentary chilled glass of champagne (exclusive to Aeroplan members – see above!).
We began our Summerlicious meal with a choice of appetizer – Spicy Salmon Tartare, Shrimp Tostada, or Heirloom Tomato Salad. We opted for the tomato salad which featured watermelon, fresh ricotta, focaccia and balsamic reduction, which was absolutely bursting with fresh summery flavours.
The balsamic reduction added the perfect pop of acidity to the fluffy, fresh ricotta. My date opted for the Spicy Salmon Tartare featuring crispy rice, cucumber-ginger salad, nori,and tare sauce (a thicker and sweeter soy sauce), the medley of Asian flavours really came together in a clever synergy of crispy and soft textures with just the right about of kick thanks to the ginger.
For mains – we were given a choice of Scallop & Pork Belly, Gnocchi Carbonara or Beef Shortrib. I really enjoyed the freshly made gnocchi which featured parmesan fondue, truffle shavings and a perfectly cooked soft poached egg.
My date chose the Beef Shortrib (horseradish pomme puree, heirloom carrot, and pearl onions on a bed of creamed spinach. Elegantly plated, the dish was tender, filling and exploded with rich savory flavor.
Our dessert choices were Strawberry Trifle, Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, or Fruit & Sorbet. We have a long standing family trifle recipe in my family – I was curious to see how ONE’s stacked up. Comprised of layers of lemon chiffon cake, vanilla Chantilly and locally grown Ontario strawberries topped with a crisp meringue this was the perfect high note to my meal.
My date chose the Chocolate Brownie which featured artisanal Valrhona chocolate (from the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France they have been making chocolate since 1922). He loved how the rich chocolate melded with the whipped coffee ganache and Maldon salt.
We capped off our meal by ordering one of the Summerlicious cocktails (mocktails are also available). The Apricot Margarita (tequila, Apricot Liqueur, and lime juice was a delightfully unexpected twist to a summer classic.
We loved our Summerlicious experience – it made a perfect and balmy date night out on the town where we got to experience a top Toronto culinary destination at a prime time slot thanks to Aeroplan.
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Details on Aeroplan and Yorkville, Toronto
Aeroplan: There are many benefits to being a member of the Aeroplan Loyalty Program. For example, in addition to the special perks for food events such as Summerlicious, there’s the Aeroplan Member Donation Program which allows members to donate reward miles to Canadian-based charities.
Aeroplan members can also redeem Reward Miles to shop for Activities and Merchandise from luggage to sporting events. Plus, there are many more benefits waiting to be explored. It’s free to join the Aeroplan program.
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I would love to try out some great food at One and enjoy the atmosphere!
I would love to eat at One because it is an upscale restaurant known for a great food and service by top chief and I’ve heard some great reviews from my friends about it!
The menu looks really good.
The menus sound so yummy!
I would love to have lunch at Bymark.
My family just loves trying out new restaurants downtown. This would be a great opportunity!
I am always looking for great new places to eat and sounds like this could be the ONE!!
I would love to Dine at One! It looks AMAZING!
We love a place called Charlotte Anne’s … super fabulous!!!
I have never tried Bymark- but have heard friends rave about it!
I’ve always passed by but never had the chance to try One and would love to
I have never eaten there – looks awesome
Would love to dine at One! Food looks delicious and always wanted to try it!
I would love to visit Diwan, and visit the Aga Khan Museum at the same time
I’d love to dine at Bymark Restaurant by @ Chef_MarkMcEwan @LiciousTO #Toronto @Aeroplan @ATasteForTravel #giveaway
I really liked the food at Bymark and would love to try One as well. The McEwan brand is known for good food, and consistently.,
Adrienne De La Rosa
Bymark is the OG and would love to dine there but One is on my list as well!
Follow up with my previous comments: I love discovering new restaurants, and all the McEwan Group of Restaurants seems to offer different culinary experiences and have great menu options plus amazing ambiance.
I would love to visit any of his restaurants. In particular One Restaurant!
I love the patio at One! I’m a fan of Bymark and would love to try One!
I’ve only hea d amazing thing about his restaurant and would love the chance to eating delicious food!
I would love to win this as I have never been to any of these restaurants!!!
This would be the perfect date night for our upcoming anniversary!
I’ve actually never been to one before! Would love to dine at one because the quality and precise preparation that goes into making the dish must be top notch! Would love to fine dine on a date night !
Going to eat at any McEwan restaurant would be amazing!
I’m a huge fan of Top Chef of Top Chef Canada and I love Chef McEwan. Would love to go to any of his restaurants.
I want to try ONE
I like to try any one of his resturunt
This event looks like the perfect way to get to know new restaurants and enjoy the city!!
I love everything he makes, one of my favs!
We’ve been to a few events where we have tried his amazing dishes but we haven’t had the chance to dine at One yet!
I have dinned at One but not in the summer so I would love to enjoy the food again and patio scene on a future visit.
Would love to visit Diwan and wander through Aga Khan Museum. Would make a great outing. Thanks for the chance.
I would love to try that freshly made gnocchi at One. Sounds amazing!
The Menu looks incredible!
I cook at home from recipes that are written both by home and professional chefs. The details behind each recipe gives me a broader perspective of what I am eating as often, the culture is reflected. Dining is both a gastronomic and cultural experience. I love to experience the culture of the world through dining and McEwan restaurants like One, is a destination I would love to visit, if given the chance.
I would love to try out One because I’ve never been there
McEwan is known for fine food. I’ve never been to One but would love to try it. It’s fun to discover new restaurants.
Would love to dine at One or Fabricca!
I’ve never been to One, but would absolutely love to check it out!!
I would love to eat at ONE because I enjoy great cuisine ….it would be such a treat! And I admire Chef Mark McEwan so much!
I’d love to dine at ONE or Bymark.. thank u for the opportunity.
What can I say? I LOVE to eat and while I’ve been to Bymark a few times, I have yet to make a visit to ONE. This would be such a treat! Thanks for the chance!
Try new restaurants is great. It would be very nice to try something new.
The McEwan restaurants have the best plating of their food. I love food that looks good as well as tastes good. All of his restaurants have a great reputation for excellence. I would love win this amazing giveaway. Thanks for the chance!
Yes so true Michelle, they have stunning plating at their restaurants. The food (almost) looked too beautiful to eat!
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Diwan si I’d love to try the food there.
I would love to eat at One!
My son lives in the city and treats me to lunch when I’m in town,it would be fun to reverse things :).ONE looks FANTASTIC!
Would love to discover new places to feast 🙂
All the McEwan locations look very welcoming! I love that they’ve included trifle as part of their Summerlicious menu, I LOVE trifle!!
I’ve eaten at one of McEwan’s restaurants years ago and loved it. I would like to try some new ones.
It’s my bday on Saturday
I love to try new restaurants
I like to try different foods.
I want to dine at Diwan
I’ve never eaten at One but McEwan’s places never disappoint. If Id love to try the food there.
I did not have a chance to try his restrunt & ihope to have chance to try his high quality restrunt
I would love to treat my daughter & son-in-law who work so hard.
my wife is a great cook, so I would love to take her to a great restaurant
would love to try out One as I’ve never been and great food is my jam!
My husband and I had a great meal years ago at Bymark. We’d love to do it again at ONE. We don’t get out for dinner as much with our new little one.
I would love to try Bymark, the patio looks amazing. I love Summerlicous!
I’ve never been to this restaurant but would love to try it because the menu sounds amazing.
I’ve never heard of ONE and I would love to eat at ONE
I would love to eat at ONE Restaurant because it is helmed by acclaimed chef and restauranteur Mark McEwan and have never eaten here before and would be a great opportunity to try the food!
It would be great to win since I haven’t been to ONE and I like to try new places !
One sounds amazing, I would love to try it!
It’s an amazing spot in Yorkville! Would love to sit by the patio on a summer evening!
I really want to dine at Diwan!! Though I do love One!
All of amark’s restaurants are delicious! Plus, the patio at One is ahhhhhhmazing!
Thank you for reminding me about Summerlicious 2018!! Luckily there’s still time to take advantage of restaurant deals like the One you had at One!
I love discovering new restaurants that we’ve never been to with my boyfriend, a place that is able to offer great food and service. It would be very fun to check out One for the first time.
ONE sounds like the place to be in Yorkville…. Yes please!
I just checked out the menu and it looks wonderful! I love trying new food spots, so this would be a dream!
I have never eaten at ONE, but would love to soon! Thanks so much for the chance!
I’ve never eaten at One but have heard so many great things about their menu so I would love the chance to try it myself.
I am foodie fan so dining at ONE Restaurant would be amazing. Would save it for a special occasion. TY for the chance.
I would love to try that freshly made gnocchi at One. Sounds amazing!
I would love to visit any of his restaurants. Maybe Bymark since the prize would help pay the likely large bill if i was to xine there.
I’d love to dine at any great restaurant with my fiance! we are constantly looking for new ones! thanks!
Irene S. Levine
Dining at ONE sure looks summerlicious! The Toronto Festival sounds like the kissing cousin of restaurant week in NYC!
I have never been to any of the McEwan Group Restaurant(s), so this would be a real treat.
New to Toronto and have tried this spot yet but would love to.