The Drake Hotel (Toronto)

The Drake Hotel has a cool vibe, a varied crowd that seems chic but comfortable, and even as you make your way to the impossibly small single-stalled bathrooms, the rooftop Sky Yard catches your attention. I don’t have to go back down just yet, do I? Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun!

It’s a great place for lounging and having one too many drinks. Perhaps, a pitcher of wildly refreshing white wine sangria ($35) - the cubes of watermelon, citrus, and grapefruit soda makes the wine, tequila and Cointreau go down like water.

While the restaurant satisfies with cocktails and scenery, their food is another story. My friend’s lobster tempura maki ($16) were cold, soggy and mushy… what I get for lunch from the food court under my building is better than this.

My own flat iron ($26) steak wasn’t that much better. The tougher cut wasn’t improved in any way so the beef remained chewy. Aside from the small dish of chimichurri (this was quite tasty), the meat comes alone; a side of forgettable green salad ($6) was required to round out the meal.

If I ever return, I’ll stick with the Drake burger. That I’ve eaten - it’s a burger, it’s fine. Or likely the Drake will just remain a place for drinks only.

Overall mark - 6 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 1150 Queen Street West

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  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • 6 - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!

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