Patio season has been anything but normal this summer, but as the Labour Day weekend approaches so too does that familiar annual feeling that the end of patio season is coming and it’s time to enjoy our drinks al fresco while we still can.
Sky Flower, a new pop-up located at College Street and Spadina Avenue, has arrived just in time to help us usher out patio season in style.
The rooftop pop-up, which features a show-stopping city view that includes the CN Tower, aims to create the feeling of a secluded garden oasis.
The patio features about 80 physically-distanced seats, surrounded by colourful flowers and palm trees.
Complementing the view is a menu curated by Eric Chong, the first MasterChef Canada winner in 2013 and chef at R&D restaurant.
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Dishes on Chong’s menu bring a casual, barbecue-inspired approach to Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai flavours. Expect plates like Sichuan street corn, Kalbi beef tacos with kimchi furikake, and 12-hour slow-cooked and grilled octopus with watermelon radish.
Cocktails run the gamut from summer staples like an Aperol Spritz and a Pimm’s Cup to original in-house concoctions like the signature Skyflower cocktail with Grey Goose Citron, lime, Makrut lime syrup, cucumber, basil, and edible flowers.
Although Sky Flower is billed as a pop-up, it currently does not have a set end date. So it may be possible to enjoy those al fresco meals and cocktails in this garden oasis in the city well into the fall.
The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Reservations can be booked through Opentable.