The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#44 The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel

Unlike other hipster venues that flame out, the Drake remains Toronto’s rock-solid epicentre of cool, where skinny 30-somethings in lots of black perennially pack the big bar, especially the upstairs terrace in summer. And shocking but true, the dining room is really good. Their sushi is both fresh and creative, real crab maki and fab spicy tuna sashimi. The usual bistro fare is there are competent — burgers, lobster nachos, mac ’n’ cheese. But stray from the trodden path. Let them make you rich seafood chowder with perfectly cooked lobster and scallops. Or seared tuna with warm watercress. This is an ever-improving kitchen. But skip the pies, whose stodgy crusts do no credit to the world of patisserie.

  • The Drake Hotel
  • 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-531-5042

  • Chef: Ted Corrado
  • Sous Chef: Alexandra Feswick
  • Cuisine: Canadian,Seasonal
  • Cost of dinner for two: $75
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. to Sun. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, late night
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 50+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available, Green P nearby
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