Monday, 3 June 2013



1150 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ont
(416) 531 5042

Service: 3 / 4
Ambiance: 3 / 4
Food: 2 . 5 / 4
Price: $$

The Drake is a pretty hip looking place attracting people of all kinds. The walls are lined with book cases holding an assortment of old radios and various knick knacks. I tried really hard to love The Drake for it has everything going for it great service, nice ambiance but the food was good, not great but also not terrible.

The POPCORN SHRIMP sounded quite interesting so we decided to give them a try.  The large tender white shrimp were tossed in a maple mustard sauce garnished with pecans and jalapeƱo peppers.  I was surprised how nicely these flavours combined together, my only wish was that they served them to us a bit sooner the batter on the shrimp was starting to get soggy from all the sauce.

The NICOISE TUNA TARTARE - taggiasca olive aioli, shallots, anchovy, cherry tomatoes, fingerling potatoes,and green beans were all mixed in the fresh tuna.  The flavours themselves were quite tasty but, I wasn't thrilled by this dish.  It seemed as though it was prepared and plated in the morning and then left in the cooler all day, every bit of the dish was cold, cold, cold.

The STEAK FRITES won us over.  The steak was cooked to a cool medium rare and toped with montepelier butter and fresh cut fries. Simple yet sufficient.

Would we go back back? Most likely not

The Steak Frites

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