Introducing: America, the Trump Tower restaurant formerly known as Stock
Contact Info: 31st Floor, Trump International Hotel and Tower, 325 Bay St., 416-637-5550, americarestaurant.ca
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Proprietors: Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants and INK Entertainment
Chefs: O&B executive chef Anthony Walsh and chef de cuisine Bill Osborne
The Food: Luxurious takes on classic diner dishes, like flapjacks draped with lobes of foie gras and a Cobb salad tossed with fried frog legs instead of chopped chicken. $170 buys a beef-shin barbecue platter big enough for four, while $150 brings an ounce of Canadian caviar with blinis, crème fraiche and all the other accoutrements.
The Drinks: On weekdays, the restaurant’s lounge serves classic cocktails to hotel guests and business lunchers, but everything changes after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The DJ comes out, bottle service starts rolling and the space transforms into a sexy supper club.
The Place: The restaurant, which hosted celebs like Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch during TIFF, is a two-way partnership between hospitality giant Oliver & Bonacini and Charles Khabouth’s company INK Entertainment. Over the course of a single week, Khabouth and Toronto firm II by IV Design softened Stock’s stuffy, imposing decor by adding feminine touches, like soft gray banquettes and pops of pastel pink.