Good morning to you! Quick question: do you normally read this in the morning, afternoon, or evening? I suppose I just assume that most people read this blog in the morning. Who wouldn’t want to start their Friday morning with delicious food?
A few weeks ago, I had dinner and drinks with a friend at Three Sixty, located on the roof of the Hilton Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
I absolutely love rooftop bars and restaurants. There are quite a few in St. Louis, but it’s rare that I pay any of these restaurants a visit (that will definitely have to change!). So this trip was a super special treat.
The elevator ride to the top was swift, and before we knew it, we were at the top. The restaurant itself is pretty swank (by my definition, anyway!):
Once we were seated at our table, we were treated to this view:
This picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice. We were up so high! There’s an open air area where you can walk around and get a true 360 degree view of St. Louis. However, when we visited, it was much too cold to do that. We decided to stay inside where it was nice and toasty.
I took a quick glance at the drink menu. The ‘Shaken’ drinks really caught my eye.
One Amnesiac, please!
This drink contained Avion Silver tequila, Grand Marnier, and Persian limes. I took a sip and almost fell over. This drink was strong. While I definitely enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, this was much too strong for me. I took a few sips and passed it onto my friend, who happily finished the rest.
As for my friend’s drink, she went with The Black Swan:
Van Gogh espresso vodka, godiva dark chocolate, and frangelico made up this creamy drink. It was good; it was chocolatey without being sickeningly sweet.
On to the food! We weren’t terribly hungry, so we just ordered a few small plates to share. First up? Salmon on House Made Chips.
Smoked salmon, chipotle cream cheese, and capers topped some of the most delicious house made chips I’ve ever tasted. They were the size of pringles, but were much sturdier. The saltiness of the chip paired well with the smoked salmon, and the capers added a nice flavor as well. These were a little pricey at $12 (and only four chips?!), so I’m not sure I’d order these again.
Next up, we went with a few sliders. Three Sixty has a mix and match option, where you can choose any combination of 3 sliders for $14. Turns out that Three Sixty only offers three different kinds of sliders, so that made our choice pretty simple. One of each, please!
From back to front: Smoked Pork Belly, Crab Cake Meatball, and Short Rib.
We’ll start with the pork belly slider.
It was topped with a little bit of lettuce and tomato, and was also a tiny sliver of Asian pear hidden in there. If you’re a fan of pork belly and its melt-in-your-mouth, almost gelatinous texture, you’ll enjoy this slider. I thought it was fantastic; my friend wasn’t a huge fan.
Next up? The crab cake meatball slider.
It was topped with pomodoro (tomato) sauce, basil, parmesan, and provolone cheese. This slider was just so-so, in my opinion. Nothing about it really stood out to me; the flavor of basil was completely lost on me. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t anything that blew my mind.
Finally, there was the short rib slider. I couldn’t get a good closeup picture of it (dim lighting in restaurants is my enemy, and I refuse to use flash!), so I’ll describe it as best as I can. It was topped with arugula and horseradish aioli. This was probably my least favorite slider out of the bunch. I love horseradish, so I was excited that it was featured in this slider. However, the flavor of it wasn’t detectable at all. I suppose that’s the downside of ordering sliders; everything is so miniature that it’s impossible to pick up on certain components.
Service at 360 was pretty good. Our waitress was friendly and attentive.
So would I recommend Three Sixty? Yes and No. I wasn’t blown away by the food we ordered, and it was very expensive for what was offered. Don’t get me wrong – I will gladly pay a premium for top-notch food – but this wasn’t worth it, in my opinion.
I do recommend 360 for drinks, however! Come on a warm St. Louis day, sit outside on the open air balcony, and sip yummy cocktails while enjoying the fabulous view of downtown.
See you next week!