Coffee Shop Night Club?
Not really, though it may seem so at first glance. C House Lounge Café, which opened in late October of last year in the upscale Yorkville neighbourhood, has all the looks of an exclusive Miami night club-esque establishment. Though everyone knows the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” it’s difficult not to when the place is adorned with swanky chandleliers, plush leather chairs and sofas, mirrored ceilings and blue fluorescent spotlights yet dim overall lighting. It has all the makings of a Queen Street late night party spot. Yet, C House Lounge Café calls itself a luxury coffee shop first and an upscale dining experience second. The company originates from Italy, Milan specifically, and its Yorkville location will be the first venture into the Canadian restaurant market. A quick perusal of the menu, ambience and reviews will let you know if this relatively new opening is worth checking out.
First, if you want to find the “lounge café,” you may need some helpful tips. Like many restaurants in Yorkville, it’s hard to spot. The doors are just below eye level, meaning you’ll have to take a short walk down a flight of exterior stairs to get in. If you happen to be a low-key Starbucks-is-too-fancy kind of person like me, resist the urge to turn around upon entering. The restaurant’s interior begins with a catwalk-like aisle, lighting your way with spotlights to the dining area. The seating is more of a “lying” arrangement, with rows of identical white leather chairs and couches with black pillows and the C House insignia. Over the top? Or just fashionably comfortable? For those who love the luxurious seating fit for the rich and famous, you’ll feel right at home!
The C House Lounge Café opens bright and early at 9 a.m. At this time, they serve a European continetal breakfast that consists of croissants, fruit plates ($8) and yogurt parfaits ($8). They also have various salads to choose from, some include caesar salad with organic chicken breast and shaved grana padano ($14), many different sandwiches, and for dessert, cake slices (apround $5) and fresh baked goods. As the day goes on, the breakfast and lunch menu is set aside for the early evening patrons. Served between 5-8 p.m., this is drastically different from the earlier menu, with its tapas-style items and servings that consist of a wide variety of cocktails and snacks. C House closes at midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, which makes it available virtually all day and evening for its customers.
After studying their menu a bit, it’s clear why they call themselves an “italian high style coffee house.” Their extensive list of coffees, iced coffee beverages, spiked hot coffees, and tea includes a white mocha made with white chocolate ($4.35), house-made hot chocolate ($4.25), and frappe caramel ($5.40). Their espresso is the brand’s proprietary Italian blend, unavailable elsewhere or for wholesale purchase, and quite rich. Aside from coffee drinks, C House also has an extensive cocktail list. They offer an impressive variety of wine and spirits, including the chili mai tai ($14), which according to a recent review, is one of the most delicious cocktails and definitely worthy of a visit. They also offer non-alcoholic cocktails, as well as smoothies for $5.25.
Generally, C House seems to specialize in great espresso-based drinks, but also provides pastas, salads, sandwiches, desserts and other foods. Whether you’re up for a coffee break or looking for a nice light meal accompanied by a relaxing atmosphere, C House promises it’s worth the trip.
If Yorkville is a far trek from your home, there’s also a Queen West location slated to open between the summer and the end of 2013. This location will be suited towards take away customers, with a concise menu and quick ordering.
Have I tempted you enough to try it out? Go to http://www.chouseitalia.com/it/home/home.aspx to peruse their menu some more, or call for a reservation at 416-928-1315. Or simply walk in for a meal at 70 Yorkville Avenue, just west of Bay Street.
Want to live close to C House in upscale Yorkville? Don’t hesitate to contact us at (416) 929-1660, or stop by at 270 Wellington Street West, Suite 101. We’d love to help you find your perfect home.
From everyone at Axon Capital, we hope you had a wonderful holiday and happy New Year!