The trendy Queen Street West hotel The Drake has opened a stand-alone restaurant in the heart of Toronto's Financial District, at a primo location for business lunches and patrons of the Four Seasons Opera House. Located in a former bank, the brasserie-style restaurant features an open kitchen, warm wood accents, large windows overlooking York Street, a marble bar with Mediterranean-blue leather stools, and Moroccan floor tiles that evoke the work of Escher. The walls feature custom artworks (Douglas Coupland, Guy Maddin); there is also a small stage. About 180 can be seated inside, and 80 on the patio, which has heaters for cool weather. The menu, by Executive chef Ted Corrando, is eclectic including some classic brasserie-style fare (a two-tier seafood tower, juicy steaks and steamed lobsters) plus more original creations like the lobster-and-black truffle pizza, lemon tart with honey-caramel-toasted marshmallow, and for the carnivore, a very popular burger.
Drake One Fifty
150 York St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Financial District Hours Mon–Wed 11:30am–1am, Thurs–Fri 11:30am–2am, Sat 5pm–2am; closed Sun Transportation Subway: St. Andrew, then walk east to York Street Phone 416/363-6150 Prices $22–$33 for most entrees, up to between $82 and $94 for steaks and lobsters Web site Drake One Fifty