Lunch at Shangri-La Bosk in Toronto, Canada


Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of catching up with an old friend and having lunch at Bosk in the living room like lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel. Afterwards I found myself strolling around the streets and staring at scrapers that extended to the sky. I always knew Toronto was a big city but I’m just starting to fully grasp it; this place is the true center of Canada in every conceivable way and the place to go if you want to make it happen on Canadian soil.

Shangri-La is rather new on the Toronto scene and it’s a beast of a building standing at something along the lines of 66 floors. If you’ve ever been to Vancouver I’m sure you’re already familiar with its iconic style as it literally extends into the sky. As it happens the first 17 floors are for the hotel while the others are private residences. When I arrived in the lobby I was greeted by my friend Adam whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Keystone, Colorado earlier this year.

As it happens the restaurant was fully booked and we ate in the lobby. Besides some great food it also has a selection of over 68 teas, indeed. As a result, it’s less a lonely lobby and more a place people come to hang out and slowly sip on tea while perusing the newspaper etc… We ate right next to the fireplace and I enjoyed a mixed green salad to start and some Alaskan Sablefish as my main course. The salad was pleasant and the fish was fantastic, in fact it was perfectly cooked to my liking. After passing the last few months in Costa Rica, it was a real treat to have fish that wasn’t fried.

Afterwards we went for a tour of the public space while continuing to catch up. It’s a pretty stunning space but I’m sure you already knew that. In particular I thought it was interesting to have an infrared sauna and those booths near the hot tub looked like a great place to pass a lazy day. Sadly I can’t show you what a room looks like as well, they were all full. Not much long after that, I was back wandering the streets and on way to meet some other friends.

One thing lead to another and next thing you know I’m snapping the photo below of the CN Tower. Again, I’m in awe of just how big and busy Toronto is. Maybe it’s because I just came from that small town with one paved road on the Osa Peninsula or I just never realized it before? Either way, I can feel the energy in this city and see why it attracts so many talented and ambitious souls from Canada and the rest of the world alike.

I’d continue but I’m inspired and there is progress to be made in many departments.

Big thanks to Adam, Alex and the Shangri-La for their gracious hospitality.

Tips hat,


  1. Ian Ord

    December 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Ahh – that’s new since I lived there a couple years ago!! Looks amazing!! I know the feeling of not wanting fried food, after being in Asia for so long now! How long will you be in Toronto for?

  2. Rob

    December 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I’ll be in town until Saturday but *should* be back late January. I’d like to attend one of the Travel Massives and connect with the travel scene here. It seems like a great time with lots of fun people.

    Are you based out of Toronto? If so, hope to see you at the travel massive!

  3. Koren @ City Gal

    December 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Definitely looks like the perfect place to pass a lazy day!

    • Rob

      December 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Indeed, with trips to the infrared sauna to heat things up!

  4. Fran

    December 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I fell in love with the Shangri-La group when I lived in the Philippines and racked up a total of 60 stays at the Shang Makati alone. It was inexpensive for me at $75/night, because I had a resident visa and getting out of the province and into the sparkling Makati area for a great bed, beautiful view high up in the sky and shopping and a movie across the street was a my escape from provincial life.

    There was simply nothing better than getting off the 21 hour long haul from DC to Manila, sliding into a Shang car, being handed an ice cold cloth and a cold bottle of water on the ride to the hotel late at night.

    The driver would radio ahead so when you pulled up someone was waiting to greet you, grab your bags and take you to your room. They always seemed to upgrade your room on the 1st Stay and each 5th stay after.

    Joining the Golden Circle Club is a must. As you attain “status,” your selection of snacks, fruit and beverages would improve as well. Trivial? Nope! After flying in a silver tube for a day, this stuff makes a difference.

    Staying at a Shangri-La anywhere in Asia was always a guilty pleasure of mine.

    This Shang, Toronto looks fabulous as well. Maybe I’ll have a better chance of having a much missed Shangri-La fix sooner than I realized.

    • Rob

      December 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Hi Fran,

      Thanks for adding this to the update. I’ve never stayed in one but now feel as though I have an idea after your vivid description of the experience!

      Happy holidays from Canada!

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