Drake Mini Bar
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.