If you’re looking for a new summer hang out spot in Toronto’s west end, grab your #squad and head to the Drake Commissary because this new hot spot is super cool and instagrammable af! The Junction’s new bakery, bar and larder from the Drake Hotel Properties has found a cozy home at 128 Sterling Road in the Junction Triangle and it’s EVERYTHING you could hope for, and more.
We had the chance to check it out before their grand opening on June 12 and could not be ore obsessed. This new space is 8,000 sq-ft of pure genius with a state-of-the-art kitchen where fellow food nerds can watch chefs at work from behind a glass wall. The kitchen is where everything for all Drake locations and the new Drake Catering will be prepared along with all the baking, smoking, pickling, fermenting, curing and preserving. Literally everything is made in house and we love that!
During our pre-opening tour we got a quick lesson in baguette making, a tour around the kitchen (did we mention it’s 5,000 sq-ft?), then helped shape and eat multiple truffles (it’s hard work, guys!). Later sipped on their delish new curated cocktails like the Ginger Rogers, made with premium Canadian whisky, lemon, and strawberry rhubarb, and the new Vegan Queen Street Sour (pictured below) made with carrot, turmeric, lemon and chickpea water to give that foam!
As huge fans of all Drake food, we knew we were in for a treat! We fell in love with the duck confit milk bread sandwich, miso cauliflower with house fermented black garlic and their house smoked spicy brisket. Seriously though, make sure you’re #hangry when you go because you’ll want to try it all!
Drake Commissary serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course brunch so really anytime is a good time to visit. Seating options include a sit down dining room and casual living room that’s perfect for lounging with a cocktail. When timing is tight, don’t miss out on their to-go counter so you can grab a delicious bite on the go!
For more information, visit DrakeCommissary.ca
(Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz, images by Kayla Rocca and Hector Vasquez)