Hi all! Has anyone been to Drake 150 yet? Any comments?
I am supposed to go for lunch tomorrow. Tried their website - the Press, Twitter and Hot Blog sections are all up and running. Can't find a menu anywhere on the 150 site. I may be blind, maybe it is there, but I am already annoyed that the PR is in full swing but can't be bothered to put up a menu.
Edit: just saw Abbey's Kitchen blog. The photos are wonderful,; the decor is seizure inducing.
Went for an early dinner on Friday. The bar area was packed but we were one of the first tables to be seated.
I hated the decor. I feel like it was just a big mess and for some strange reason makes it feel very chain-like IMO.
Service was good, food was meh. I think it would be a good place for drinks when you're in that area but I won't be back to eat anytime soon.
We had the "charred" octopus salad, mushy, fishy and lacking in any sort of charring. We also had the radicchio and burrata salad, the burrata was lovely and the marcona almonds were a nice touch but the salad was really overdressed and for something called a radicchio salad there was actually very little radicchio to be found on the plate.
We shared the forager mushroom and ramp pizza. The mushrooms were slightly under cooked and still releasing a water and the ramps were replaced with overdressed arugula which we weren't told when we placed our order - only when it arrived at our table. We were really bummed b/c we wanted the ramps.
With two drinks and tax the bill was $90.
Had lunch there last Friday. I agree, the decor is pretty bad. Feels like a more upscale version of a Johnny Rockets. I haven't been to the Drake, so don't know how this version compares.
However...the good news was the burger. In my opinion, the best downtown (financial district specifically) burger. 30 day dry aged short rib. You could really taste the funk. Ordered medium rare. Very juicy. Nice bun. Bacon was there, but not overpowering. And the fries were really good too, especially with the flavoured mayo on the side (i requested mayo). Definitely an upscale burger, which doesn't appeal to everyone. But I really liked it. $21. Not a big rippoff like Bymark and way better than what you can get at some of the nearby chains (e.g. Earls).
Service was pretty good.
Had the steak frites at lunch. Food as advertised - it's fine/not memorable. Fries were cold.
Service was great.
Decor was offputting - 50s diner meets LSD trip...
Cross between real hipsters and old(er) Bay Streeters trying to pretend to be hipsters.
Won't be rushing back. Not my thing.
CC, I have the set menus in pdf, you can pm me if you need it. I think it is still soft-opening phase.
Otherwise, this is their un-official (limited) flickr menu:
Last week I shared some seasonal salads and pizzas with others - nothing horrible, nothing stood out. I'd say the quality is similar to dinner at The Drake on a busy night, in a newer, and smaller space.
PS. Music is Very Loud, even on a Wed night.