BreakfastBrunchCoffee ShopDessertDowntownGastownRating: 4.5/5

Cafe Medina- “Life Is Too Short for Bad Coffee”… So True!

Since Rae and I were in Gastown already from our Cartems
Donuterie run (post), we decided to stop by Cafe Medina for a quick brunch.

Cafe Medina is located next to Chambar and they are well
known for their waffles. I hear the line ups get pretty long during the weekend
so we were lucky we came on a weekday. Waited only two minutes for a table, oh

The restaurant itself is very small so no wonder the line
ups get long when it’s busy!

I feel like most people order the “Fricasse” when they come
to Cafe Medina but I chose to go with the
because it was cheaper than the $16 Fricasse and it sounded very
interesting. The Paella contains one sunny side up egg, curried orzo, Hungarian
chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano, watercress,
tomatoes, and avocado.

This dish came in a large cast iron skillet which kept the
food nice and warm throughout our long meal. I personally disliked the three
blobs of salsa because they were too sour and overpowering. Otherwise, the dish
was absolutely delicious!

I truly loved how fresh all the ingredients were. The
avocado was perfectly ripe and green, and there were no wilted watercress

If you like orzo, you will definitely enjoy this dish.

Rae wasn’t feeling very hungry so she decided to go with a
latte and a waffle. First off, she chose the
8 oz. Lavender Latte ($3.60). She really loved this latte. Lavender
in latte makes for a very interesting and successful combination indeed!

Look at the various types of toppings they have for their
waffles! Milk chocolate lavender, raspberry caramel, white chocolate pistachio
rosewater…it is torture to choose just one!

You HAVE to order the Waffle
with a Topping (+$1.00). Rae went with the “Salted Caramel” and what a fine choice that was! After
finishing that waffle, we wanted to purposely order another one just so we
could finish off the sauce. 

The waffle was light, fluffy, and had deep dents for
maximum sauce coverage.

I love the sweet and salty combo so this salted caramel sauce was gold. If
only I could buy a jar of this for home…

Based on these reasons:
  • waffles, lattes, and brunch options are all delicious!
  • prices are reasonable 
  • come during weekdays and avoid long lineups!
Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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