Cabana Pool Bar Hosts Media Party to Announce Opening

June 12, 2013 No Comments

By Lori Bosworth and Sonja Cloutier

Torontonicity was invited to the Cabana Pool Bar Media Party on Wednesday, June 12 in anticipation of the official opening of the bar on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Charles Khabouth, reknown for his upscale Toronto restaurants and bars including Cube (formerly Ultra), La Société. Spice Route, Buonanotte and the Guvernment to name a few, has revamped the former Docks patio into a Miami-Vegas-styled luxe poolside lounge. Upon entering the 50,000 square foot patio, it’s clear this high end bar is intent on providing an unsurpassed luxury experience.

Cabana Pool Bar Media Event

Cabana Pool Bar Media Event

Upon arriving at the party, we were immediately greeted by a server offering us a guava mango cocktail, which my guest gladly tried. I requested a non-alcoholic version of the drink and our server quickly returned with a virgin cocktail., which was absolutely delicious and thirst quenching on what was a glorious afternoon. We decided to take a seat on two of the lounges by the pool. Little did we know that we were about to be treated to a parade of appetizers from Executive Chef Jamie Meireles of Oliver and Bonacini, Cabana Pool Bar’s culinary partner and sushi from EDO Restaurant. Our first appetizer was salmon sushi served with a piquant wasabi sauce. The salmon was undeniably fresh while the rice was firm. A satisfying combination. We also sampled the shrimp sushi, which was equally good.

Salmon sushi at Cabana Pool Bar

Salmon sushi at Cabana Pool Bar

If you are a fan of Pad Thai, you’ll definitely want to try the Vegan Coconut Tomato Pad Thai, a non greasy, healthy version that will leave you feeling virtuous. Served in a take-out style carton, the portion is deceptively large and features tasty pieces of grilled tofu, bean sprouts, peanuts and scallions.

Vegan Coconut & Tomato Pad Thai at Cabana Pool Bar

Vegan Coconut & Tomato Pad Thai at Cabana Pool Bar

Next we sampled California rolls, which were perfectly executed and then we were served a delicate butter-ginger crusted salmon that turned out to be our second favourite appetizer of the afternoon. Our first favourite was the Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burgers, which are a must-have if you visit Cabana Pool Bar. As you bite down into the chicken, your taste buds will be amazed by sweet raisin jam countering the burger’s Tandoori spices.

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger at Cabana Pool Bar

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger at Cabana Pool Bar

The 12 draped cabanas seat anywhere from 8 to 14 people comfortably and have one of the best view’s of Ward’s Island and the City of Toronto skyline. At $2,500 per day, these cabanas provide the ultimate in relaxation. (If you order a minimum of $2,500 in food and drink, the fee will be waived.) You can while away hours while listening to lounge music with beats.

Women sunbathe at Cabana Pool Bar

Women sunbathe at Cabana Pool Bar

We sampled the cherry snapper taco with jalapeno, lime and cilantro, flavours which gave a pleasant kick to the mild fish. Our server then brought us a delicate scallop appetizer with diced vegetables in a glass. One of my favourite seafood dishes, the scallops were large and tender and accompanied by a delicate vegetable marinade.

Scallop appetizer at Cabana Pool Bar

Scallop appetizer at Cabana Pool Bar

I love Chef Meirles’s take on fruit salad. Super sweet watermelon was served with creamy cheese, tomatoes and radish. A refreshing and surprising twist that pleased the palate on this hot afternoon.

Fruit platter served at Cabana Pool Bar

Fruit platter served at Cabana Pool Bar

A woman gave into temptation and dipped into the pool, which is about 2.5 feet deep.

Woman dips in the pool at Cabana Pool Bar

Woman dips in the pool at Cabana Pool Bar

Lounge chairs at the bar entrance provide a spectacular view of Toronto.

Enjoying the view at Cabana Pool Bar

Enjoying the view at Cabana Pool Bar

Clearly, Charles Khabouth has succeeded in creating Toronto’s most luxurious patio lounge.

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