You are meeting with the city’s business elite, and it runs into the lunch hour. You are hungry, and so you suggest that you continue the meeting over lunch. Now the question is where is to eat? It needs to be close by, offer great food, and fast service. It would also be cool if the place offered a modern twist on the Brasserie, combining food, drinks, and art. I know just the place, welcome to Drake One Fifty, the first expansion of the iconic Toronto Drake Hotel. As they say, it is the Drake just without beds.
My power lunch date is a fabulous friend of mine named Cynthia. Lunch at Drake One Fifty is all her idea, and I am happy to follow along with her recommendation. She is the Queen of the Toronto Hotel scene so if she recommends this place it must be good.
The Drake One Fifty is located at 150 York Street on the corner of Adelaide Street. A tall building in a sea of tall financial district buildings. The patio is just the first hint that the Drake One Fifty is different than most other restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Once inside you feel transported. I am not sure where to look first. The 60-foot oval marble bar, the tiled floors or the contemporary artwork that adorns the space. The effect is complete. I feel like I am in the coolest restaurant in town.
I join my friend Cynthia at the bar, sinking into the green leather bar chairs that completely ensconce me in comfort. We have lots to discuss and catch up on so after a quick glance at the menu we are ready to order. Two appetizers to share. The first is the Beets and Blue Salad followed by the Cauliflower Cacio E Pepe. I am torn the two, to pick a favourite is like choosing a favourite niece or nephew. Ok, I’ll do it, the Cauliflower wins. That isn’t to say the Beets weren’t amazing though; I loved them both.
After splitting these between us, we are ready for our lunch entree, the Brisket Sammy. Perrrrrfection. Even the fries were perfect. This is Toronto’s answer to a Smoked Meat Sandwich, and I think it may just be better.
All of this and under one hour. That is a power lunch, and a good one at that. I think the next time I come back to Toronto I want to spend a bit more time exploring the Drake One Fifty. I want to check out the art, listen to the DJ spinning some tunes and watch the custom video art that is projected on the walls. There is lots to see and enjoy at the Drake One Fifty, the food and drink are just the start.
Hip & Cool
Love love love Drake One Fifty. It is the Drake Hotel but without beds. Here they combine Food + Drink + Art in such a way as it's cool, but not too cool. This isn't Hipster heaven, it is in the heart of Toronto's Financial District. Everything I tried was fantastic so good luck on your culinary adventure.
Value for $7.8
Would I go back?10