By Lori Bosworth
Little India, a stretch along Gerrard St. E. between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues, is slowly transforming with new restaurants, stores and food shops popping up. Lazy Daisy’s Cafe made a strategic move several years ago when they opened at the corner of Gerrard and Coxwell. It was one of the first non-South Asian restaurants on the block. We decided to revisit Lazy Daisy’s Cafe on a Sunday morning to see whether their food has stood the test of time.
Walking along Gerrard Street East at noon on Sunday, we looked into the windows of several restaurants. None of them were terribly busy. This changed when we entered Lazy Daisy’s Cafe. This popular east end brunch restaurant was bustling with parents and young children, and a few singles to boot! There were several people crowded around the front area, but we had not planned to eat in the restaurant so we walked down to the cash register to place our orders.
Saturdays and Sundays at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe features a brunch menu that is served from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch menu contains many of the weekday menu items. We placed orders for 1) a B.L.T., $7.25 plus an additional $1.50 for avocado; 2) a Chicken Fiesta Sandwich, $8.25; and 3) a Big Bean Burrito, $7.95. My sister ordered a flat white, $3.50.
We waited about 10 minutes before our food was ready. My sister was given someone else’s order by mistake. She correctly corrected the server and was provided with her own order. A suggestion to Lazy Daisy’s Cafe staff would be to ask each person their name so that orders don’t get mixed up.
Instead of staying in the cafe, we decided to enjoy our meals at home on our patio.
The Chicken Fiesta Sandwich featured roasted chicken breast, roasted red peppers, Swiss cheese, chipotle mayo and arugula on multi-grain bread. (You can also request it on sourdough bread.) Every ingredient was incredibly fresh, including the very tasty multigrain bread. There was a good portion of chicken in the sandwich.
I loved my B.L.T. Sandwich. The Mennonite smoked bacon was superb…very meaty and not salty or greasy, and there was a fair portion in the sandwich. The tomato and avocado were perfectly ripe while the garlic mayo pulled all of these flavours together. A perfect sandwich!
The Big Bean Burrito was a hefty size and came stuffed with Lazy Daisy’s own black bean and sweet corn salad, salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, and mixed greens in a whole wheat tortilla. Again, every ingredient was fresh and this tex-mex combo hit all the high notes.
A great thing about Lazy Daisy’s Cafe is they source their ingredients from local farmers. You can read a list of the Ontario farmers the cafe purchases from posted at the front of the restaurant.
Well, not surprisingly, Lazy Daisy’s Cafe on Gerrard St. E. is still the go-to brunch spot in Little India, especially if you have kiddies in tow. If you’re in the east end, stop by for some wonderful fresh fare.