You’re trying to get a Christmas present for a foodie. You’re racking your brain for the right treat to place underneath the tree. Is it a bottle of wine that you found in the back of the Vintage section? Is it a gift basket filled with artisanal cheeses, crackers and preserves? Or maybe a hefty cookbook packed with unique recipes?
All of these are fine options, but if you really want to impress a foodie, take them out to dinner. That’s why your gift should be a reservation at the Drake One Fifty.
Drake One Fifty
Drake One Fifty opened up only a few years ago and has since become a dining staple in Toronto’s downtown core. During the day, you’ll find it packed with professionals from all over the Financial District, setting up business lunches and client meetings in the sleek leather booths. And at night, it fills up with the city’s trendsetters and tastemakers, trying the latest menu offerings or sidling up to the 60-foot marble bar to order one of the expertly-crafted cocktails.
The restaurant menus created by Executive Chef Jonathan Pong and Chef De Cuisine Anthony Law are inspired by historic brasseries and taverns. They’ve taken comforting classics and given them that trademark Drake twist. There’s a reason why Toronto Life named it one of the best restaurants in downtown Toronto. You can tell that they genuinely care about the food they serve.
For a spectacular meal, start with an appetizer like the oysters with mignonette, horseradish and house-fermented hot sauce. Or get the Drake + Bake, which is a selection of bread made from scratch at the Drake Commissary and mouth-watering spreads like ricotta and duck paté.
Then, get one of the incredible entrees like the scallops and beef cheek with split pea dahl, roasted acorn squash, honey parsnip and Brussels kimchi or the 10-ounce dry-aged Ontario striploin with roasted bone marrow, black garlic butter and beet rosti.
Finish off the meal with a specialty latte or a glass of sweet wine and debate about whether you’re too full for dessert. You must have room for a bite of the chocolate hazelnut trifle or the Ontario harvest apple pie.
More Than a Restaurant
Drake One Fifty is more than a restaurant. The city’s hottest DJs like DJ Nana and DJ Cozmic Cat will amplify your dining experience with their mixes. You’ll find carefully-curated artwork in every corner, with installations from influential creators like George Little and Leah Guadagnoli. Even the menus are graced with drawings by visual artist Kristen Schiele. One Fifty offers more than an excellent dinner — it offers a cultural experience.
If you want to hold off on making a reservation because of a hectic schedule, you can always get the foodie in your life a gift card for Drake One Fifty. They’ll be excited for an evening to open up so that they can finally put their present to good use.