Saturday, December 7, 2013

Drake One Fifty

When you spot the neon orange gnomes on York Street you know you're in the right place.
Queen West cool successfully intersects with Toronto's financial district at The Drake Hotel's first outpost Drake One Fifty.  The restaurant has only been open for two months and has quickly established itself as one the most exciting spots in the downtown core.

One of the reasons is Chef Ted Corrado's menu, which really does have something for everyone (seafood lovers, carnivores and vegetarians unite!).  And it's great for sharing. Ted recreates his nonna's favourite meatballs which are made up of pork and veal and finished off with huge dollops of ricotta.  Cauliflower - the 'it' veg of the moment - is roasted and topped with black truffles, pine nuts, black garlic and grapes.  There's a lobster and truffle pizza (need we say more?), roast squash with polenta, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and a runny duck egg, the most tender roast lamb with Greek yogurt, roasted baby eggplant, citrus new potatoes and chili puree, and frites with fresh rosemary and sea salt.    

Like its big sister, Drake One Fifty features installations from established artists like Douglas Coupland, plus emerging talent too and a stage to host live performances and DJs.  Oh and of course there's a vintage photo booth.

The restaurant is open for lunch on weekdays (11:30am-2:30pm), dinner service every night of the week (5:00pm-10:00pm) and snacks in between (10pm-2am).

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