Cafe Medina – 556 Beatty Street
Last Sunday at 2pm, I went to a brunch/lunch at Cafe Medina organized by the Vancouver’s Brunch Club. Situated in beautiful Gastown, Cafe Medina is a popular restaurant that is always packed and famous for their Belgian waffles. I was always scared away by people telling me that the line-up was horrible, but when I showed up, we managed to get a table for our group (9 of us!!!) in 45 minutes. I had arrived half an hour early and with my friend, we put our name right away on the list. Indeed, Cafe Medina works on a list system: you put your name on it and the size of your party and the manager goes through the list when a table becomes available.
We were put at a table at the “back” of the restaurant. Actually, Chambar and Cafe Medina are owned by the same person and are right beside each other. They therefore share spaces where they connect. The interior was beautiful. Artworks were displayed on the wall and there were vases filled with flowers.
(It’s the first time I got a hot chocolate with a design on it)
The food was succulent. I ordered the saumon fumé and a waffle with the chocolate lavender dip. The saumon fumé dish consisted of, on one side of the plate, a ciabatta bread with mashed smoked salmon, green salad and halves of cherry tomatoes. The other side of the plate had ciabatta bread, again mashed smoked salmon with a slice of avocado and a fried egg on top. This dish officially made me a fan of Cafe Medina. I liked the fact that the bread was toasted, giving the dish a bit of a crunch. The creamy slice of avocado was a nice contrast to the harder consistency of the egg. The salad on the other half of the sandwich was a fresh addition to this dish. We need many vitamins for the long winter. 🙂 The waffle only confirmed my opinion that Cafe Medina would soon become a favorite of mine. The waffle was light and fluffy. As for the dip, ooh was it good. I swear that I could taste the lavender in the chocolate. One of my lunch companion add the salted caramel dip and being a caramel lover too, I have added it to my list of things to eat before I die (maybe a eating bucket list). The chocolate was thick and a nice combination with the fluffy waffle.
The service was faultless. The francophone waiter (we discovered he was from Montréal) was polite and served the food in a timely manner. I didn’t notice any errors in the billing or the service. The lunch went smoothly which made the whole experience even more enjoyable.
In conclusion, I was always scared of Cafe Medina, but those fears were silly. Cafe Medina is a cute restaurant situated in the district with some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. The food is excellent, the service perfect and the price is fair. I will gladly come back to Cafe Medina event just to practice my French with the waiter. 🙂