Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Drake Hotel

August 19, 2015
It's been a while since I've been back to the Drake, but for my friend's birthday she wanted to try out the Trivia night at the Drake Hotel.  I love trivia! I like to think that I have a good memory for random things (which usually makes me pretty good at Cranium and pop culture trivia). 
However, in this case, the trivia was so hard that we could barely get 10% of the questions right.  The facts were way too obscure.  I definitely won't be come back to this Trivia night. 
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Drake Dry aged burger with milk bun, bacon, cheddar, russian dressing, pickle and fries
Even if my trivia experience was awful - the food here is always pretty good.  The burger was great! I liked the milk bun and the russian dressing - it just worked so well! 

January 28, 2013

I was pretty excited when I saw that The Drake Hotel was offering a Winterlicious menu this year. 
The last time I was at The Drake Hotel, I had one of the best pork chops ever. 
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I heard they also had the best blueberry scones in Toronto as well, so we ordered some scones to start:
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Warm scone share plate with cream and preserves $7.75
The scones were really good: flaky, tasty and fresh from the oven. We also got mascarpone cheese, a homemade strawberry preserve and some butter accompanying the scones. Yum!
It was definitely pricier ordering the plate to share and eat in the restaurant (considering you can buy the scones for $2.25 each and they're at least twice the size of these ones), but at least these are fresh and with the mascarpone - they're heavenly. 

On to the Winterlicious menu...(lunch for $20):
(*Items I would recommend and/or order again)
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Potato soup with escargot and parsley
Thick and creamy soup with some chunks of salty escargot. 

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Hoisin glazed perth pork tacos with brussels sprouts & bacon slaw, hazelnuts and chili apple sauce
The tacos had some slightly charred fatty bacon strips and the tortilla shell was a little hard; it wasn't exactly what I was expecting for pork tacos). I did like the slaw though and I would probably recommend the pork tacos over the soup as an appetizer. 

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*Grilled Pacific Salmon with fingerling potatoes, red cabbage & fennel slaw
The salmon was done very well. The downside of the dish was that the slaw was the same as the one served with the pork tacos (same cabbage, chopped fennel and bland sauce). 

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Ontario Flank Steak with roast baby red potatoes, green peppercorn, roasted cauliflower and mushrooms
The vegetables were slightly charred again as was the flank steak. It was tender and the au jus was nice, but it was really quite salty. 

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*The Drake Black Forest - chocolate and Ontario Cherries
It was rich made with dark chocolate and not too sweet. 

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*Pear Upside Down Cake with parsnip ice cream and candied ginger
The cake was really nice, moist and tasty. The parsnip ice cream wasn't very appetizing on it's own, but when paired with the candied ginger (YUM!) and the pear cake - it was really good. 

Overall: The highlights of the meal were the desserts, but we weren't particularly impressed by the rest of the meal. We were blindsided by the automatic 18% tip (because it didn't say anywhere that we would automatically get charged this) and after a disappointing meal, we weren't very happy. 

Website: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/

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