cafe medina- VANCOUVER
At first glance Cafe Medina is a cute bistro-inspired brunch spot in Gastown. Long lines, raving reviews, and often voted as having the best brunch in Vancouver, it’s evident that Cafe Medina isn’t short of popularity. As charming as the store sign, the cafe invites you into an urban and cozy room where fresh Belgian waffles are made and the young hip crowd is sipping on hot chocolate or coffee. Very fitting for those lazy and rainy Sunday mornings. The breakfast items are original with many exotic flavors and served in adorable mini hot ironed pans. However that doesn’t take away from the fact that most of the savory dishes are either too salty or greasy. Sadly, this has been the case both times I’ve been here.
* Some pictures don’t reflect actual food items due to substitutions/personal preferences
Creations by Executive Chef Nico Schuermans, owner of a three star Michelin restaurant in Belgium and well-known Chambar Restaurant in Vancouver.
Hot Chocolate (3.25) & Latte (4)
Waffle (3.15) + Dark Chocolate Topping (+1)
Saumon Fume- open faced ciabatta sandwich w/fried egg, avacado, peppadew and artichoke salad (12)
Fricassé- 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potato, arugula, carmelized onions applewood cheddar w/ grilled foccacia (16)
Cassoulet- 2 fried eggs on baked beans, saussison de Paris, double smoked bacon, and andouille w/ grilled foccacia (15)
At the same time, I’m a sucker for urban coffee shops in culturally cultivated parts of the city so I would probably return with good company purely for the ambience.