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Medina Cafe – Vancouver, BC

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

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Wednesday – Remembrance Day – mid-week brunch with M.

Medina has been open for a while, and is owned by the same folks that own Chambar – and located right next door to the same. I’ve heard legendary stories about Medina’s brunch and waffles, so even though we knew we’d have to wait, we thought we’d brave the line and come for food.

They had a paper signup list just inside the door that we put our name on, and we waited outside – the turnover was pretty quick – there were about 5 groups ahead of us, but we were sitting down within 25 minutes. Inside is great – it’s dark wood with white walls, lit by old Edison-style incandescent bulbs that give the restaurant a great warmth. It’s a narrow place that while a bit crowded if you’re sitting near the door, otherwise feels cozy – I think if the restaurant were any bigger it would lose some of its charm.

Service here was flawless – the service staff here were pros – probably the best brunch service I’ve had in Vancouver. We had our menus and water immediately; our servers were pleasant and prompt, and our dishes came within 10 minutes of ordering.
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And yes, the food was great. Perfect lattes (the vanilla had little specks of real vanilla bean in it); M described the lavender latte as “just a hint of lavender when you exhale” – he really enjoyed it. The tagine was delicious. Two perfectly poached eggs with very full-flavoured sausages on a mix of tomatoes, peppers, chick peas, all perfectly spiced in a tomato-based sauce. A different brunch than the usual eggs & bacon – and perfectly so. I would have this for brunch any time – and more filling than it looks. The tagine came with foccacia toast and sour cream. M said the omelette was great – it came with potatoes in the omelette – he thought the cheese in the dish was Gruy√®re – and salad on top.

And the waffles? While M used the term “classy Krispy Kremes” – these were definitely a treat. Buttery, warm, light, sweet, perfectly-cooked waffles. Many choices of toppings for them – I went with dark chocolate and M choose white chocolate-pistachio. While our server offered these to us before the meal, we opted to have them as dessert with an americano each. They’re not large – but at $3.15 they’re cheap for dessert and are the perfect way to end the meal.
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So – this was a perfect brunch. Great food, perfect service, very comfortable setting, great company – what more could I ask for? I would come here any time. Bon Vivant approved. Brunch came to ~$45 including tax – two mains, two waffles, two lattes and two americanos. Not cheap, but worth it considering the quality.

Medina Cafe
556 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2L3, Canada
Tel: (604) 879-3114
Open Tue-Fri 8am-5pm; Weekends 9am-5pm

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Tags: Brunch · Cafe · Coffee · Vancouver

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