Celebrate Your New Year’s Eve with a Romantic Dinner

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The end of the year is almost here, and you’re wondering how you’re going to celebrate. You know that you’re going to join the big countdown to midnight. You know that you’re going to cheer and kiss your partner in a shower of confetti. But what do you do before that? What about a romantic dinner at the Drake One Fifty?

Drake One Fifty:

Drake One Fifty is in downtown Toronto, smack dab in the middle of the Financial District. It’s a sleek companion to the iconic Drake Hotel, and it’s considered one of the best restaurants in downtown Toronto because of its fantastic menu offerings and its stunning design.

The Menu:

The New Year’s Eve menu is designed by Executive Chef Jon Pong and Chef de Cuisine Anthony Law. The two professionals have created impressive dishes. Their choices highlight fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. 

Book a reservation for a luxurious five-course dinner. You can start the night off with a delicious amuse-bouche like the cauliflower velouté with sturgeon caviar and red fife challah or the pacific white shrimp cocktail with horseradish aioli, ketchup powder and pretzel crostini. 

Next, enjoy a first course of wagyu tataki with miso roasted potatoes, bok choy and preserved Ontario shiro plums. The second course is scallops and mackerel with coffee beet purée, braised savoy cabbage and pickled red currents. Then, a wild mushroom torchetti with grilled artichokes, foie torchon and truffle cream. 

For your fourth course, you get a choice of Patagonia sea bass with carrot purée, buttered turnips and salt-baked rutabaga or duck breast with corn grits, cheese curd croquette, garlic dandelion and Saskatoon berry and Madeira jus. And finally, top off the incredible experience with dessert from the Drake Commissary in the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. 

There is also a carefully crafted vegetarian menu for New Year’s Eve. 

The Art: 

Drake One Fifty is one of the best restaurants because it acts as a hip exhibition space for upcoming local and international creators. The venue surrounds guests with outstanding works of art. Even when you look down at your menu, you can see a stunning piece by Rebecca Ladds, who is known for her charcoal drawings. One minute you’re wondering whether you should order a basket of artisanal bread, and the next, you’re getting lost in Ladds’s handiwork. 

The restaurant currently hosts the exhibit “On Repeat,” which explores graphic design and nostalgia. The Cove features a piece from Ludovica Gioscia called Dream About the Cerise Whale that shows the layers of memory. If you sit in the Tavern, you’ll get to see a piece by creator Leah Guadagnoli called One Song in Heaven. And you can enjoy a variety of minimalist geometric paintings from Brooklyn artist Dan Perkins whenever you walk up to the bar. You’ll feel like you’re at a gallery opening. 

And, if you don’t want to head out into the cold right after your romantic dinner, you can always get a ticket for the One Fifty’s New Year’s Eve party. It’s the best place to grab a glass of bubbly and dance the final hours of 2019 away.