By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky
I love trying new brunch spots in the city, so when the opportunity came to try the newly launched Soul Brunch at Drake One Fifty, I knew I couldn’t resist. Having frequented the popular weekend brunch at the Drake Hotel a few times (whose famous blueberry scones have a following of their own), I had yet to visit their sister restaurant.
Soul Brunch customers are treated to live music from award-winning quartet, The Mercenaries, as they feast on one of the many eclectic brunch offerings. Their menu has a lot to choose from, with both sweet and savoury dishes that will appeal to a variety of palates.
All of the baked goods and breads in their dishes are made in-house in the Drake commissary kitchen. In addition to appetizer plates and main dishes, they have a long list of speciality teas, coffee, fresh juices and cocktails to accompany your meal.
After wavering over what I should try at Drake One Fifty, I settled on sampling a couple of appetizer plates and two classic brunch dishes – one to please my sweet tooth, the other satisfy my savoury taste buds.
To start, I ordered a glass of red Sangria (made with Havana rum, pear, cinnamon, fall spices, red wine, ginger and seltzer water – $12), an Oyster Plate ($22 for 6) and a Blueberry Scone Plate.
The Sangria was just right for me with light notes of warm spices and zesty citrus. I couldn’t pass on a plate of famous Drake scones. With a warm, dense centre and a sweet crispy outer crust, with ordering these are a must. They are served with a small helping of jam and clotted cream on the side.
The oysters are pricey for the amount you get, but I hadn’t had oysters for a while so it was a nice treat. Drake One Fifty customers can choose between an east or west coast variety.
Drake Breakfast ($17) – If you’re looking for a classic brunch dish with a bit of a Drake twist, this is the one to order. This breakfast platter comes with a triangle of tasty skillet corn bread, two plump and delicious breakfast sausages, thick cut bacon, two eggs, chicharrones and refried black beans.
Skillet French Toast with Amaretto, almond Chantilly, cranberry and bacon ($15) – Their version of French toast strays from the traditional. Served in a skillet, the French toast is deconstructed into stacked pieces of challah bread with the liquid egg cooked on the bottom of the skillet. It’s finished off with a generous topping of almond Chantilly and a large strip of thick cut of bacon.
The almond Chantilly cream was absolutely to die for! Where has it been all my life? The cook on the egg is on the wet side making the bottom pieces of bread a bit too moist for my preference. But the top pieces had a nice crust to them. This dish is quite sweet and rich, so save room for this one!
The Drake One Fifty has a bit of a speakeasy feel to it and is quite large with plenty of seating for pairs or larger groups for get-togethers or special occasions. They also offer complimentary coat check which is a really nice touch especially when carrying bulky coats in the winter months.
Located at 150 York Street, Toronto, you can enjoy Drake One Fifty’s Soul Brunch every Sunday from 11am to 2pm.
— Natalia Dziubaniwsky