Drake Mini Bar

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De­spite the Drake’s ubiq­uity, it’s tough to divine ex­actly what its brand as a restau­rant is, out­side of “Amer­i­can food, but fancier.” But the brand-spankin’-new Mini Bar, across the lobby from One Fifty in Ade­laide Place, sees the com­pany merge its strengths – a vast culi­nary brain trust, in­te­rior de­sign and visual art cu­ra­tion – with a wel­come idio­syn­cratic twist. First, there’s an in­door “pa­tio” space with a geo­met­ric wooden per­gola and palm fronds that should keep the fruity drinks (from a broad and im­pres­sively solid cock­tail menu) a-flowin’ year-round. Then there’s a seafood-for­ward menu, spear­headed by One Fifty exec chef Jon Pong, that fea­tures the Drake Com­mis­sary’s end­lessly nosh­able cured fish, breads and spreads, plus fried cod, veni­son tartare and a trout crudo with salmon roe that will each last about 10 sec­onds after you fin­ish tak­ing your In­sta snaps. For both the fi­nan­cial district and the Drake, it’s a real breath of fresh air. 150 York, at Ade­laide, the­drake.ca/drakem­i­ni­bar

Trout crudo (left), baby gem let­tuce salad and oc­to­pus a la plan­cha at Drake Mini Bar.

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