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The Drake Commissary: Toronto, Ontario

The Drake Commissary: Toronto, Ontario

Located in Toronto’s Junction neighborhood The Drake Commissary is the latest outpost in the The Drake properties which also includes The Drake Hotel, The Drake One Fifty, The Drake Devonshire, and The Drake General Store. Set to open on June 9, 2017 The Drake Commissary is part bakery, part bar, part larder, all set in an 8000 square foot space. Having been invited for a sneak peek before the official opening I can say it is so much more than that though.

True to The Drake Style every inch of the space has been carefully thought out and crammed full of witty character and details. Signature Drake banquettes in rich leathers ,sumptuous prints, and retro accents can be found throughout the seating and lounge areas but in addition the space also acts as a quasi art exhibit featuring rotating murals and installations from Toronto based and international artists.

 

The Drake Commissary: Interior Seatiing
The Drake Commissary: Interior Seating
The Drake Commissary: Interior Dining
The Drake Commissary: Interior Dining with 35ft 3D digital mural by Toronto based artist Alex McLeod
The Drake Commissary: Interior Lounge Area
The Drake Commissary: Interior Lounge Area
The Drake Commissary: Interior Back Seating
The Drake Commissary: Interior Back Seating

The full production kitchen, which takes up 5000 sq-ft of the 8000 sq-ft space, is set to supply all the Drake Properties and wholesalers with baked goods, pastries, and prepared foods. It is also positioned to become the base of their Drake Catering endeavor which is launching in the coming year.

All the breads, pastas, pizza dough is made in house and the space is also fully equipped for smoking, pickling, fermenting, curing, churning, and preserving with it’s walk-in charcuterie fridge, gelato machine, and carvery and pasta making stations.

As part of the preview we are treated not only to a tour but also to a cooking lesson where we learn how to make our own signature Drake baguettes and chocolate truffles! The dough is rolled, proofed, and baked off and we’re lucky enough to take home two piping hot fresh loaves as well as a small bag of chocolate truffles that we hand dipped. This is more than just a media preview though, it is also a preview of potential tutorials and workshops which will be offered throughout the year at this location.

The Drake Commissary: Baking Baguettes
The Drake Commissary: Baking Baguettes

We are also treated to samplings of what the kitchen has prepared including Duck Confit sliders on milk buns and ricotta beet toast. The signature milk buns are rich and pillowy and the duck confit just melts in the mouth.

The Drake Commissary: Beef Brisket Sliders + Ricotta Beet Toast
The Drake Commissary: Duck Confit Sliders + Ricotta Beet Toast

Like all the Drake Properties great care has been put into producing a finely curated drink menu. This location in particular will be the first to feature the new Drake Art House beer, a blonde ale produced exclusively for The Drake by The Drake Commissary neighbor Henderson’s Brewery. In addition non-alcoholic beverages, freshly squeezed and cold pressed juices that are sourced locally, and smoothies will also be available.

 

The Drake Commissary: Beef Brisket Slider + Queen West Sour Cocktail
The Drake Commissary: Duck Confit Slider + Queen West Sour Cocktail

 

The Drake Commissary: Tiramisu + Carrot Cake
The Drake Commissary: Tiramisu + Carrot Cake

You can also take a little Drake with you. Charcuterie, gelato, house made sauces, syrups, amongst other things are available for you to purchase and enjoy at home.

The Drake Commissary: Take Home Goods
The Drake Commissary: Take Home Goods

And of course, no Drake property is complete without the signature photo booth. Each Drake location has one and taking the retro photo-booth snaps is a must. Fun fact, scan the QR code that comes on the pics that print out and you’ll receive a digital version of your picture.

The Drake Commissary: Signature Drake Properties Photo Booth
The Drake Commissary: Signature Drake Properties Photo Booth

As of June 12, 2017 The Drake Commissary will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner , and whatever else 7 days a week. It’s funny that with each new endeavor they open I can’t help but think that they can’t possibly outdo this one…..and then somehow they do.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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