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Where Drake Wines, Dines and Sometimes Serves Meals in Toronto

George Pimentel

Drake (left) with Chef Lee.

As the Toronto International Film Festival closed out for 2015, an unexpected performance took place: Drake played waiter. Last September, the rapper/actor/Toronto ambassador threw an opening party for his new club and restaurant, Fring's, where he passed food to guests who included Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. "Fring's is an expression of youth," says Iron Chef Master Susur Lee, who oversees the restaurant with sons Kai and Levi Bent-Lee, Drake and Drake's business partner, Angelo Ferraro. "Drake has been a client for some time. We hosted his birthday party last October, and he and Angelo are friends with my kids."

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Courtesy of Fring’s
Organic salmon crudo with jalapeno ($19).

What to expect? "I'm very open-minded as a chef, but my foundation is the old schools of French and Chinese cuisine," says Lee. The result is comfort food with elevated touches: a Caesar salad made from kale and lardons; fried chicken with a touch of maple Sriracha. Prices range from $10 to $40; 455 King St. W., 416-979-9696

?This story originally appeared in the March 19 issue of Billboard.