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The Drake Hotel is not just a place to sleep and eat, it is a hotbed for culture. It has become a landmark in Toronto because of its unique approach to all things art + culture, entertainment and hospitality. The design-oriented hotel, known for its “crash pads,” stylish rooms is a mainstay at many festivals including Canadian Music Week and the Toronto International Film Festival. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth a stop for a bite to eat at the Drake Café or Drake Lounge, to check out a show in the Underground, or to imbibe on a few cocktails at the chic rooftop patio, Sky Yard. The design and aesthetics of our Sky Yard change seasonally, from a refreshing oasis in the summer to a warm and cozy retreat in the winter with plenty of space to curl up under a blanket sipping our winter cocktails or enjoying a hearty meal. It also gets bonus points for a view of the city and big comfy benches! Room 222, a perfect nook for hosting private affairs, is available day and night for decadent dinner parties, creative collaborations or company brainstorming session events. The Drake has a ton of history behind it, the building dates back to 1890. You can see some of the original architectural elements in the lobby like the famous grand staircase. The neighbourhood is full of fun bars, live music, art, shops, and cute restaurants/cafes! Go to full description...
The Drake Hotel, Toronto Reviews (2)
ANYWAY, these people are serious about brunch. The Drake has designated itself centre of the trendy Queen West West district (I beg to differ), but they suck at brunch.
We wandered in on Saturday after a failed attempt at a different brunch spot. The streetside patio was full of happy brunch-goers, the weather was great, we got a prime spot in the shade, there were complementary croissants and jam- things were looking up. We ordered two breakfast burritos (a brunch staple!). They arrived quickly, then the fun stopped. They were bland. Really bland. I dont know how you mess up burrito- they are, by definition, supposed to be full of flavour. Use some salt, maybe some pepper. Do something, please.
Abstract: Brunch at the Drake is bland. Dont take food from strangers who use phrases like "neo-cool, post-modern alt-hipsters".
Stick to the Eggs Benedict or something caloric with a artery hardening sauce...it removes the hangover too!
Mind you...it could have been the Caesar? LOL
I shall return for an update...I feel a hangover coming on...