556 Beatty St, Vancouver
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.
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.
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.