Cafe Medina: Mediterranean Brunch with a Twist

This is kind of embarrassing. Okay, it’s really embarrassing.

Rachel and I had brunch at Cafe Medina together… eight months ago. Yup, and I didn’t finish writing the post until now. Procrastination at it’s finest. 😉

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I had a square of chocolate-banana cake and some banana smeared with peanut butter. Delicious! I like my bananas topped with cinnamon too.

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Anyways, Medina is a fairly well-known place in downtown Vancouver, and they are famous for their waffles (not made in store) and creative twists on brunch classics.

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  • 604-879-3114
  • 780 Richards St. (between Robson & Georgia) Library District, Vancouver BC V6B 3A4
  • Weekdays (M-F):
    • Regular service from 8am-3pm
  • Weekends and Holidays:
    • Regular service from 9am-3pm
  • Café Medina is operated on a first-come, first-served basis — reservations are not taken and the entire party must be on site before being seated

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We arrived early and waited in line outside before the store opened, and it filled up almost right away.

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We started with hot drinks!

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1Not good 2Okay/Decent 3: Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6Incredible! Must-try and would order again

White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater Hot Chocolate: 5.5/6

  • Very thin layer of foam/froth on top
  • Served on the hotter side of warm. Not lukewarm, but definitely not steaming, or even hot
  • Prominent white chocolate flavour, but not overly sweet
  • Made with whole milk, very creamy
  • Rose flavour was noticeable and quite fragrant
  • I could not taste the pistachios, but I detected some crushed pistachios as I was finishing my drink. They did not add any flavour to the drink

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Lavender Latte: 5/6

  • Latte very well done
  • Fragrant from the lavender
  • Aromatic

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The colours were so vibrant and insanely beautiful. I love the presentation!

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Fricassée Champignon: 2/6
2 Fried Eggs, Sherry Roasted Mushroom Ragout, Spice Roasted Potatoes, Caramelized Onions, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Seasonal Greens with Grilled Focaccia

  • Topped with julienned radish and green apple

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Runny eggs, spicy rice, mellow and creamy avocado… this dish would be a savoury-breakfast lover’s dream.

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Paella: 2/6
1 Fried Egg, Orzo, Spicy Chorizo, Seasonal Vegetables, Grana Padano, Avocado & Spicy Charred Tomato Salsa

  • Rachel and I wanted to substitute the chorizo for something else (maybe beans?), but this wasn’t possible so we asked for it to be omitted
  • Slightly too spicy for my taste
  • Some more avocado and radishes would be appreciated
  • Grana Padano was hidden and simply broiled on top, the layer could be peeled off
  • I wish the herbs were more flavourful, because all I could taste was spice, salt, and slightly-salty tomato sauce
  • I’m not a big fan of orzo, and pasta in general
  • I was disappointed with the lack of “seasonal vegetables” in this dish – there were only some quartered zucchini chunks and a couple bell peppers thrown in for colour
  • Caramelized onions would be a great addition

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I said goodbye to the waffle bar…

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And then headed home!

Man, I miss my Vancouver friends! 😥 Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day! I have some recipes sitting in the Drafts box that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon!

7 thoughts on “Cafe Medina: Mediterranean Brunch with a Twist

  1. I’m curious why you didn’t try the waffles … cause they weren’t made in house? That seems strange by the way. 🙂

    The paella dish made me snicker a bit due to the name. Maybe it could have been called paella eggs or something cause the real paella is such a complex ‘meat’ and rice dish that, especially without the chorizo, it bore no resemblance to the real thing. You don’t like pasta? Wow. I guess the orzo was supposed to sub for the rice due to its shape.

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