October 3, 2012

Cafe Medina (Vancouver)

Cafe Medina is just about the most popular brunch place around town, so naturally I had to pay a visit. After hearing about the notorious long waits, we arrived 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. As expected, there was already a long line forming outside the door.
To start, my mom ordered a vanilla latte and I opted for the more exotic white chocolate pistachio rosewater mocha ($3.60 each). The vanilla latte was delicious, but the mocha was polarizing. I personally did not enjoy the floral and mocha combination at all (it was utterly bizarre!), but my sister really liked it. 
One of the most popular items at Cafe Medina was the fricasse ($16) with 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, watercress and smoked applewood cheddar, served in a skillet with a piece of grilled focaccia. Talk about a hearty brunch dish! I had only one-third of the dish and that was more than enough to satisfy me!
The grilled focaccia was perfect for soaking up all that juice from the short rib and the runny egg yolk. But because the flavours were so bold and robust, I think I would prefer to have this for dinner instead of brunch.
The highlight of my brunch was undoubtedly the waffles ($3.15, $1 per topping). Initially, I asked for the white chocolate pistachio rosewater dip, but after my less than desirable mocha, I opted for salted caramel instead. My server was nice enough to bring out both dips for us to sample (and only charged us for one). The waffles were delectable- slightly crispy on the outside and pleasantly soft on the inside. While the rosewater didn't pair well with my coffee, it certainly worked here as a dip! The subtle floral aroma perfectly complemented the white chocolate. Of course, you can't go wrong with salted caramel either! The waffles were so good that we ordered more at the end of the meal. On the whole, I enjoyed my brunch at Cafe Medina, and I can definitely see why it's so popular. To avoid a wait, I would advise lining up before the restaurant opens or going after 2 pm.
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