Valerie

Adrian Niman helms an immersive culinary experience with skyline views

There’s a new girl in town, and she wants her presence to be heard. Valerie sits high atop Hotel X Toronto occupying the 27th and 28th floors as well as the rooftop, and she wants her flapper-inspired party to light up the skyline over the lake.

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The 28th floor

Valerie, a dining experience dreamed up by the hotel and executive chef Adrian Niman, joins Roses Cocina in a growing list of food options available at the trendy, waterfront hotel.  Guests can dine on the newly-renovated 27th and 28th floors, where chic design meets details inspired by the 1920s in the form of blue velvet couches, florals that hang from the ceiling, and animal-printed rugs. The Instagram-worthy decor is met with daily offerings of live music, entertainment, DJs and surprise performances. And, it’s all matched by sweeping, panoramic views of the Toronto skyline as well as Lake Ontario.

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The view from Valerie

The menu, crafted by Niman, head chef Andrew Ttooulias and project chef Cory Kurtzman (of Nobu Miami fame), offers up beautifully colourful Japanese-inspired plates and light bites. Options include new-style sashimi, rolls and nigiri all crafted at the 28th-floor sushi bar. Guests can also look forward to dishes like Hamachi Crudo, Wagyu Katsu, Short Rib and a Maitake Mushroom.

In terms of cocktails, Valerie, the elusive persona the space has taken on, wants to ensure that her guests have a unique experience. Crafted cocktails like the 24 Hours in Toronto, a fruity drink with a vanilla vodka base that’s served in a teapot over a bamboo tray. There’s also the gin-based Always Dreaming, another sweet creation, and the tequila-based Hot Step.

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Cocktails being made

Valerie officially opens to the public on June 2, and is located at 111 Princes Blvd., on the top floors of Hotel X Toronto.

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