CC Lounge located in the heart of Downtown Toronto by St. Lawrence Market, is a multi-faceted resto-bar lounge that exudes comfort, yet a high-energy vibe from both the staff & guests. Upon entering, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a large bird-cage and extravagant crystal chandeliers frozen-in-swing. The venue itself is polished with pink and blue lights beaming on the surfaces and a hint of the 1920’s resides in the design of the leather couches, framed portraits, and whisky barrels.
What is even more fascinating is the bottle-lined J.P. Wiser Whisky tunnel that was built by Hiram Walker, the founder of the Canadian Club, where guests can reserve a guided tour to sample some of their extensive Whisky collection of over 450 bottles an ounce, amidst Canadian, bourbon, and scotch.
Matching a refreshing atmosphere are indulgent food menu items. The perfectly-seasoned vegetable appetizers surprisingly taste like guilty pleasures. Brussel sprouts are tossed in a whisky-infused maple syrup, bacon lardons, grana padano, and topped with a flavourful hollandaise foam. The “Buffalo Cauliflower”’s flavourful texture is complimented with stilton dipping sauce. On top of their classic appetizers, CC Lounge’s own Executive Chef Eric Zafra, dishes out 12 new menu items, which is his own take on comfort foods, inspired by food trucks and the annual Canadian National Exhibition. For example, the “Return of the Macc” Pizza pays tribute to the infamous “Bic Mac”, except elevated with toppings like shaved ribeye, aged cheddar, and house-made mac sauce. Additionally, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for guests as well. From snacks, pizzas, sandwiches, steak, to burgers, the dishes are shareable over wine and whisky.
Whether for a sophisticated drink, a satiating bite, or for sensuous entertainment, CC Lounge will not prohibit that from happening at their popular venue.
Photos by Nick Lee