Luckily, there is a sleek, metro coffee and deli shop attached to the Drake, Espression by Lavazza. You are immediately greeted by two sexy murals of electrifying women and their cups of Italian coffee. Approaching the point of sale, there is a glass display of several examples of panini sandwiches, baguettes, and other sandwiches you may purchase. I thought the Prosciutto and Brie Panini looked amazing, so I ordered that and a Coke. The server was very helpful and offered to bring the sandwich and beverage to my table. I'm not sure if they always deliver, or she did this because it was a bit slow at 1:30. I didn't have to wait long, and she brought this incredibly well-plated dish. It was a wonderful presentation.
|Prosciutto and Brie Panini|
Onward with my lunch experience, the panini was fantastic, but as I sat longer, I noticed a few things, particularly the staff interaction. Within about 10 minutes of arrival, most of the other customers had finished, and I was the only one left in the restaurant. Granted, I wasn't going to be there long, but the atmosphere became increasingly... uncomfortable, and I couldn't finish my sandwich fast enough. An argument broke out between a staff member who was on the floor cleaning tables, and two staff members behind the counter. Rather than settle differences in an enclosed setting (might I suggest not the floor), the floor seemed to be an suitable place to find our raised voices. Needless to say, lunch was quicker than first intended, and I got to the wine tasting a tad early. If in the vicinity of The Drake, feel free to stop in for a great quick sandwich... just make sure there are other witnesses, I mean patrons, present.