When I went: March 2016
Rating: $$, 4
Lisa Marie is the Fidel Gastro restaurant located on Queen St. W. I was pumped that they took reservations for brunch, which is not the norm for many downtown brunch spots.
There were many high tables and a few bench tables that were convenient for family with kids. The bar and paintings of the wall made for a hip atmosphere.
My husband ordered the fried cornish hen on top of jalapeno corn bread waffles ($17). A reasonable portion and the chicken had crispy skin and tender meat. The hot sauce on the side was ultra spicy, the way I like it!
I had the double pancake pork burgers topped with lettuce, cheese and tomato, with pad Thai fries ($15). I normally eat my burgers with my hands, and with the pancake as the “bread”, it did not hold up well and was better eaten with a fork and knife. The pork had a nice spice to it and juicy! This is the first time I have heard of pad Thai fries…koodos for being creative, and also being absolutely AMAZING!! They were the highlight of my meal.
For drinks, my husband had the cold brew coffee from Station Cold Brew Coffee Co ($4). It did not need additional sweetness and perfect as is.
I ordered a lemonade thinking it was fresh lemonade (even, my receipt printed “fresh lemonade”) but it was the San Pellegrino Lemonade ($4). It was fine, but fresh lemonade would have been much better!
The restaurant was busy since it was Easter weekend with most of the tables occupied. This impacted the service with our food taking over 30 minutes to arrive. Keeping a toddler still on an empty stomach was not fun! I am hoping the slow service is not the norm. Good thing, the food was worth the wait.
A hip restaurant on Queen St. west that takes reservations. There are about 8 brunch items on the menu, I would go and try them all.