As the A-list celebrities learned over the rapturous week in Toronto known as TIFF, there’s no finer place to celebrate than at Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, and one of its crown jewels, STOCK™ Restaurant Bar & Lounge.
STOCK™ Restaurant resides on the 31st floor at Trump® Toronto and features a brand-new terrace, offering an open-air dining experience never seen before in the city.
The new open-air Terrace at STOCK™ Restaurant
And if you’re looking for a place to celebrate landing a big contract or rewarding yourself for a project well managed, turn to STOCK™, for just as the food, location and decor here is unrivalled in luxury, design and delicacy — STOCK™ boasts one of the finest hand-selected offerings of champagne in Toronto.
And John Szabo is the reason why.
Master Sommelier, John Szabo. [source: www.johnszabo.com]
John Szabo, Canada’s first Master Sommelier who earned the title from the Court of Master Sommeliers in London, England in 2004, is a bright light in this country’s vibrant wine community. Szabo is a well-known figure who writes extensively about wine for a wide variety of publications, also appearing on radio to discuss the craft, and serves as Master Sommelier and Wine Director for STOCK™ Restaurant.
In building the wine menu for STOCK™, Szabo used every facet of his training and knowledge of the world’s best champagnes to find the perfect selections, and brought them to Toronto for the city’s enjoyment. Each of the champagnes Szabo found offers its own unique style and characteristics, including an exceptional range of top brands such as Ace of Spades Brut or Rosé, 1998 King Brut Vintage, 2004 Cristal Brut, Louis Roederer and 1997 Champagne Salon, Blanc de Blanc Clos de Mesnil. These reside among limited production, hand-crafted grower Champagnes from the likes of André Clouet, Cedris Bouchard and Guy Charlemagne.
As for why champagne holds such an important place on his wine list, Szabo says “I love Champagne, a feeling I’d like to share with as many people as possible.”
“There’s a style for everyone, and a perfect pairing for every dish on our menu. Or, sit comfortably in the lounge while sipping a glass of top bubbly and enjoy the stargazing.”
Champagne itself is considered one of the core design motifs of Trump® Toronto. When conceived and executed by II By IV Design Associates, they gave every aspect of the building a look that reflected “Champagne and caviar” — staples of the high life of the rich and famous, as well as contrasting flavours and auras that play out in every chandelier, marble floor or curtain. It lies hand-in-hand with the “Old Hollywood Glamour” ethos that makes Trump® Toronto incomparable.
The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne says “The bubbles of Champagne are naturally at the tables of film and theatre stars. Marlene Dietrich wrote that she loved Champagne because ‘it gives the impression that it is a Sunday and that the best days will soon be upon us.’ In “Ninotchka,” Greta Garbo plays a Russian girl who discovers Champagne when visiting Paris, and among many other film stars, Audrey Hepburn, Jeanne Moreau, Marilyn Monroe and Juliette Binoche all loved Champagne, while Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier celebrated it in songs. Author, statesman and man of taste Sir Winston Churchill wrote that “Champagne should be a daily delight for those who knew the true meaning of life.”
Of course, STOCK™ Restaurant has far more than just champagne: It lays claim to a wine wall with over 1,000 bottles, and includes unique labels, vintages, and organic and bio-dynamically produced wines.
The wine lover in your life deserves to come to STOCK™ and be treated to an experience unlike any other. To make a reservation click here or please call 416.637.5550.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto® takes the notion of a “lobby bar” to an advanced level of luxury with the modern, intimate and sophisticated SUITS™ Lobby Lounge, located on the ground-floor of the stunning property.
Interior Design by II BY IV Design Associates / Photography: David Whittaker
With windows that open directly onto the bustling intersection at Bay & Adelaide, leaders in Torontoʼs thriving ﬁnancial industry meet at this district hotspot for an unparalleled experience in glamour and gloss. For those immersed in the world of high stakes deals, the location -- right in the centre of Canadaʼs roaring economic engine -- is the most exciting place to be in the city.
Inside, SUITS™ boasts an exquisite decor of onyx, cream and gold, with every surface shined to a mirror-like complexion. Your eyes will be drawn to the majestic black chandelier which brings to mind an ethereal, shimmering, cherry blossom tree, and hangs elegantly at the south end of the lounge. Youʼll also spy several inviting black leather booths and seats throughout, paired with beautiful golden chairs that pop within the sleek space.
The intimate lounge offers exactly the kind of privacy required for working out the details on a high-profile project. After all, because of the ease of arriving at its exclusive address, SUITS™ has become the only acceptable place for after-work aperitifs with fellow movers-and-shakers in Toronto’s financial district. And who knows, your next multi-million dollar idea may be sketched out on the back of a SUITS™ cocktail napkin.
Of course, you would expect the bar to be fully stocked with an extensive wine list created by Master Sommelier John Szabo, and in that regard you will not be disappointed. While youʼre sampling the spirits on tap, a fully-functioning stock ticker keeps everyone up-to-date on the latest market changes.
But for the real highlight, you must try the oft-heralded Cherry Blossom Martini, made with a cherry-blossom-infused vodka created exclusively for SUITS™. It perfectly compliments the caviar. Regulars also love the Duckhorn Cabernet by the glass, as well as the locally brewed Dugganʼs No. 9 IPA, but also enjoy a wide variety of international labels and biodynamically produced wines. And, if youʼd prefer something non-alcoholic, SUITS™ also offers antioxidant protein shakes.
If youʼre interested in a little dining, the bar presents a “Canadian fusion” menu, which includes a sublime plate of charcuterie and a wonderful serving of king crab and avocado on spicy lavash.
At night, make your way up to STOCK™ Restaurant, where the the energy keeps ﬂowing with an expert in-house DJ, providing an atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding after a stressful day downtown or showing potential clients the night of their life.
If youʼd like to Live The Life™ where SUITS™ is just one of several luxurious destinations at your doorstep, consider becoming an owner at Trump® Toronto. Available residences are currently priced from $2.3 million; hotel condominiums, from $967,000 (CAD). Find out more and reserve your private tour today.