Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Drake Hotel

July 28, 2012
The Drake Hotel is one of the most talked about hotspots in Toronto - even my mom knows about their amazing Blueberry scones!
Since it was a gorgeous day, we wanted to grab a seat on their rooftop patio. The patio was full, so we got a table at the side patio near the street (which is still okay).
After so many cheap eats and all my Summerlicious dinners, it was almost a shock to see just a main course cost $20 - $30. Ouch, I've been spoiled...

Perth Pork Chop with summer greens, Northern Woods mushrooms, soft grits + pickled peaches $22.95
This pork chop was one of the best I've ever eaten! The pork meat had a higher proportion of fat which made it melt-in-your-mouth heavenly when cooked. The grits were softer and more buttery than any grits I've had before and the mushrooms were good. I would definitely pay $22.95 to eat this again - YUM! 

Pan Roasted Branzino with giant beans, leek and scallion relish $26.95
Branzino is an European sea bass with a delicate flesh and sweet taste. I enjoyed the leek and scallion relish paired with the fish, but I wasn't too impressed by the side dish of giant beans and watercress. Overall though, I would still highly recommend the branzino here.

(Photo courtesy of M.C.)
Halibut + Chips with carrot + raisin slaw, lemon aioli + wedge cut french fries $25.95
The halibut was a crispy, golden brown delight and the tartar sauce was good. 

(Photo courtesy of M.C.)
Steak frites with Cumbrae's bavette, Montpelier butter + hand cut french fries $25.95
The steak was pre-cut, juicy and topped with this great herbed butter. I liked the butter and it added a rich, creamy "dipping sauce" to the steak dish which made it fun and different. The frites were nicely done too. 

Overall: Great meal at the Drake Hotel! It's a great place to hang out and grab dinner and drinks with friends. 
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