Food, Vancouver

Cafe Medina

After hearing months and months of hype over brunch at Cafe Medina, I finally woke up early enough to eat there. I’ve been to and loved Chambar so I had high expectations for their sister restaurant. As usual, there was a line up of people outside waiting for a table. I got there at 1:30 pm and waited half and hour for a table for two. It’s nice that you can order coffee and lattes to-go while you wait in the cold. I have to say that it did not live up to my high expectations.

What I ordered:

Tagine $14 ‘2 poached eggs, spicy tomato stew, merguez sausage, sundried black olives, and cilantro.¬†Grilled foccaccia.’ – 2.5/5

  • The spicy tomato stew was very rich and overwhelmed the poached eggs and sausages. The sausage was too salty in the stew. Common, it’s not dinner, it’s brunch!

Belgian waffles with white chocolate pistachio rose water topping – 5/5

  • The waffles were warm and fluffy and had a good texture. The white chocolate pistachio rose water topping/syrup was lovely. It had just the right amount of sweetness and was the perfect ending to the meal.

Lavender Latte – 4/5

  • I’m not an avid coffee drinker but i really enjoyed the lavender flavoured latte. I am an avid tea drinking so this was perfect for me.

Service – 2/5

After waiting for half an hour and finally being seated, we waited almost as long to get our order in and for the food to arrive. They should be used to the high volume of people by now so I don’t think there are any excuses for being so inattentive; Especially for the prices we pay.

Verdict: A little pricey for what you get. Would I wait half an hour in line again? Probably not.


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