Cafe Medina

780 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC

Food Rating: 9/10

Having dined at many brunch spots in Vancouver, Medina Cafe still tops the list as one of my all-time favourites. I fell in love with Medina years ago, when they had just opened in Crosstown and most of Vancouver hadn’t yet caught wind of their amazing waffles and lavender lattes. Serving Mediterranean-inspired food, delicious liege waffles  and note-worthy coffee, it’s no wonder that Medina still has hour long waits despite their recent space upgrade.

I visited Medina on a Wednesday morning around 11:00am, hoping to dodge the lunch crowd and join the tail end of the breakfast crowd. My theory proved wrong, because there was still a 45 minute wait! At least I was able to stay positive about the 45 minute wait having seen the lineups down the block on the weekends.

The food, as expected, was beautifully presented and tasted great. The latte I had was one of the best lattes I’ve had in a while. The short ribs were tender and soft, and the portion size was good for one person. Between the latte, fricassee meal and half of the cheese potatoes, I was quite full and couldn’t finish all of the food. The Peameal sandwich looked a little plain, and despite being tasty, my friend wished she had ordered something else. Unfortunately we were too full to order waffles, so we will have to make another trip back to Medina!

 

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The beautiful new space
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Drink menu
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Food menu
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Latte

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Fricassee: 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, applewood smoked cheddar with grilled focaccia
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The short ribs were tender and well seasoned and the egg was fried to the perfect runny-ness. The arugula and apple gave perfect balance of freshness to the saltiness of the ribs. I could eat this all the time!

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Le Peameal: In-house cured pemeal bacon and egg sandwich with caramelized lemon aioli, mustard vinaigrette & greens on grilled ciabbata. My friend ordered this mainly because if you order this dish, Medina gives a meal to a person in need!
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Roasted potatoes with cheese

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