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Menchies Frozen Yogurt on Bloor Street...Super Nice folks, adorable mascot...I really wanted to like it.

I think you should at least compare it with other frozen yogurt places.. not DQ or McD.

May 29, 2011
expresso in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Winterlicious LOVE only - Where are the MUST eats?

Dinner reservations with a couple of friends at the Drake Hotel last night. I liked that they had a sophisticated but casual ambiance there. It wasn't too packed, but it was a good crowd for a Tuesday night.

I started off with the winter market soup (some bean sort for the night; it changes daily). Imo it was only decent, a bit more on the salty side, but I like salt so I didn't mind. I didn't get a chance to try it, but my friend ordered the spicy salmon roll which had a nice plating to it.

For mains, I had the Georgian bay catch of the day. It was trout for the night, but it was cooked well and was still moist. Also had a nice crispy layer on the top that I enjoyed. The celery root (similar to texture of mashed potato, but softer and lighter) was more on the bland side, but went well with the fish when eaten together. I thought that the bits of golden raisins were a nice touch of sweetness to the dish. My friend had the grilled skirt steak (med well) that she indulged in. I only tried the roasted brussels which I found were dry, but it might be because I'm used to eating them steamed/boiled. As for my other friend that had the baked mac n' cheese, I took a forkful, as it was creamy, soft and the cheese was still piping hot underneath the breadcrumbs.

I think that dessert was my favourite of the night, as it was the apple strudel with milk n' honey ice cream. Although the strudel wasn't as warm/hot as I wished it was, it still tasted good. Loved the ice cream.

Overall, the experience went pretty well. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and courteous (we got our coats checked, which actually surprised me). Food was delicious, but in the end if I was to choose between Drake or Auberge du Pommier (based on my experience with summerlicious), I'd still have to pick Auberge.

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The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Feb 01, 2011
expresso in Ontario (inc. Toronto)