Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cafe Medina - Great place for Breakfast


Cafe Medina

556 Beatty St, Vancouver

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Food: 4
Service: 4

Price: Expensive

R and I rarely go out for breakfast, unless you consider dim sum as breakfast. However on this particular weekend, we both had to be somewhere at 12pm, so that left us no choice but to dine early. Since we were heading towards downtown, and there is a lack of Chinese dim sum restaurants and we wanted to try something different. After a short research session, it seems like Café Medina is a popular choice for breakfast, so off we went.

We arrived at approximately 10:15am, only to be greeted by big line up at the front door. At this point, I thought my chances of winning the lottery would be better. Since we were already there, so we went in to ask how long a wait it going to be, as we had an appointment else where at 12pm. Lucky for us, they can accommodate a table for two right away. So apparently that big line up outside was actually 2 large groups.

We both ordered a drink, I had the Raspberry Latte on the left and R had the White Chocolate Pistachio Mocha on the right. I love their beautiful designs on the drinks, it shows they care about details. Since I am not really a coffee drinker, I find the raspberry latte too bitter, so R and I switched drinks. I loved the White Chocolate Pistachio Mocha, as it was sweet with a hint of pistachio flavor.
R and I both started with a Belgian waffle. I chose the raspberry caramel and R had the fig orange marmalade. The waffles were excellent without any dipping sauce. It was crunchy on the outside, moist and airy on the inside. I could have devour a few of these all by itself. The raspberry caramel sauce consisted of real raspberry, but I find the caramel flavor overpower the raspberry, therefore it was pretty much just the caramel flavor with a gritty texture. I don't like orange marmalade to begin with, but R loved it.

I had the Oeufs Cocottes, which is a baked eggs, smoked salmon, artichoke, cream cheese with a pepperdew dill salad and a side of foccaccia. It was excellent and I highly recommend.The saltiness of the smoke salmon was perfect, as the egg was actually not flavored. There were also pockets of cream cheese infused in the dish as well. The salad on top was also a nice touch. The leafy green was fresh and the dress was delicious. The foccacia was well seasoned with herbs and grilled for a nice crunchy exterior with a soft center. As I mentioned, this doesn't come cheap at $14, but it's while worth it.
R had Tagine (Poached eggs, spicy tomato stew, red pepper, meguez sausage, moroccan olives, cilantro with a side of grilled foccaccia). His dish is heavily seasoned with variety of herbs. It was very unique in a sense that it tasted almost like East Indian food. Since I prefer simple breakfast, I find R's dish a bit too seasoned, I think it would taste better if they put a smaller selection of herbs. The sausage was good, but it's just sausage. Although I wasn't as impressed with R's dish ($13), it was still good.

There seems to be two parts to this restaurant, we were lead thru a couple hall ways before arriving at a bright (natural light) 2nd floor dining room. We were lucky and get a nice corner seat. The ambiance here is excellent, it was cozy and relaxed, and the side wall with the red bricks was nice touch. However, the tables here are so close together that if I extended my arm, I could probably touch the person at the next table.

If you ever had enough of regular egg and toast, give Cafe Medina a try, it definitely a twist of the traditional breakfast. However it's not cheap, but to me it's worth every penny. I know I will definitely be back to try the other items on their menu.


Argentina travel December 27, 2009 at 8:33 AM

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Jenny December 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM

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