Medina Cafe was special. I didn’t mind waiting for her in the blistering cold, she was worth the wait. You see, she wasn`t like the others. She didn`t promote `bigger the better`. She wasn`t a one hit wonder on a television show, but it doesn`t mean she wasn`t popular. Medina was popular amongst the locals who appreciate good food. There was no gimmick with what she had to offer, but genuine quality goods. While everyone is serving up the same things, she did something completely different.
Some of you might think that there are a lot of brunch selections in Vancouver. I beg to differ and want you to really look into the brunch scene. You have the chains that are serving up the usual eggs benedict, omelette, all American this and lumberjack that. On the flipside, you have private restaurants and diners serving up heartier, bigger versions of the same thing. How many times have you driven down West 4th and found a crowd in front of Sophie`s. Sophie`s is an adorable diner that’s been serving the community for many years. I love Sophie`s but I am bored of her. She tries to get me to pay attention but the relationship isn`t working out anymore. My new mission in 2012 is to find leaner and meaner offerings.
Visiting Medinas is something that needs to be planned out. You cannot just go an expect a seat there, especially on the weekends. If you`re planning to go this weekend, please go next door to Dirty Aprons and look at what they have to offer while you`re waiting for a seat. We were there around 11:30 and waited for half an hour, and we couldn`t complain.
This time around, we were taken to the back of the restaurant, which I`ve didn`t realize they had. We were carefully choosing what to eat.
To wake us up, we ordered regular latte and matcha latte. Rarely do you have an experienced barista working at a restaurant, something I definitely appreciate. Smooth creamy latte with a hint of matcha. It also looked like a piece of art that I didn`t want to ruin.
Medina has character, she doesn`t allow you to choose 10 different types of omelettes and 15 types of eggs benedict. 5 choices for brunch, that’s it. We carefully chose 2 out of the 5.
1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano. Watercress, tomatoes, avocado. First of all, the visual impact was out of this world. The egg was cooked perfectly. I can see the dish was assembled with care. Pay attention to the seasoning on top of the egg, the drip of olive oil on top of the avocado. The orzo was spiced perfectly, and the texture had a nice bite. The chorizo added a nice kick to lift the dish. The choice of watercress freshens up the skillet. At the end of the day, none of that mattered because it was the combination that created the experience.
$15 Les Boulettes
2 poached eggs, spicy Moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus, raita. Grilled foccacia.
Perfectly poached eggs surrounded by meat balls sits in a pool of rich tomato-esque sauce. The lamb meatball possessed such a bold taste. The sauce really helped brought the taste out.
For the finale to our lovely brunch, we enjoyed the infamous Medina Waffle with Fig Orange Marmalade. First of all, you have to order this. If you don`t believe us, look around to all the other tables, everyone orders one or two. This is the first time I had the Orange Marmalade topping, orange zest with a bitter sweet tasting topping.
It`s always hard to break up my date with Medina. I`ve wait for her in the cold, enjoyed every moment with her, and now I have to say goodbye. I wish I can find a replacement, but no one is as special as her. Until next time…
Mon 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 4:00 pm