October 2nd, 2010. Cafe Medina: Brunch Mecca!
We’re at it again! Richard will blurt out some amazing place or thing he wants to try, I’ll confirm that it is indeed a supposed legend and off we go!! Today’s treasure cove: Cafe Medina in Gastown for brunch!
With Chef Nico Schuermans at the helm, this little gem truly is an amazing little cafe/bistro. Actually, it’s on, like a whole different level, with the amazing space they have aquired, the ultra downtown chic decor, and the neighborhood they are fortunate to be in! It’s no wonder people will wait over an hour for a table here…which is exactly what Richard and I did! Even getting there at a decent time there was still a long line-up! As the minutes inched by our stomaches growled louder and louder and we drooooooled with anticipation….!
When it was finally our turn we were led in through the narrow front door, past the front cafe area, and through a short brick passageway..into another dining area! with high ceilings, wooden flooring, tall windows and close seating, it was small, and cozy, yet had the feeling of space and you didn’t feel suffocated.
I love that we just plopped ourselves in the midst of hipsters, trendy Vancouverites and vintage fashionistas and tourists and blended right in. Above all else, we were all here to worship and enjoy the food
First up were the Belgian Waffles: Literally these can be smelled on the streetside while you’re wating for your table and it is torture!! Ah, the sweet scent of fresh, homemade waffles…! These were not overly big, a good thickness and were the perfect density. A wonderful base for some wonderful toppings!
Our 3 choices of toppings were the Milk Chocolate Lavender, White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater, and the Fig Orange Marmalade. Delish!!! Delicate flavors, excellently dippable, and oh, my…so wonderful!!! Waffles all fancy-style 😉
The long awaited Lavender Lattes!! Ah, worth every minute of the wait. The lavender flavor was light, but still could be discerned through the espresso. It was kinda of funny, Richard and I delicately sipping our lattes…then closing our eyes in extacy….LOL!
The Les Boulettes was our main dish: 2 poached eggs, spicy Moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus & raita. Hearty meatballs, zesty (but not overly acidic) tomato sauce, a poached egg to lend a creaminess, and a great bunch of fresh flavor from the cilantro. Oh, Lord…we were in brunch paradise…!
The focaccia bread and houmus with a layer of raita on top came on the side. Good toast on the bread, loaded with garlic and herbs, and the houmus…oh, so good!! The coolness of the raita and the earthiness of the houmus paired well with the Les Boulettes.
Now, what could make an already amazing brunch even more epic….BACON! Trust. This is the best $5.00 we spent on bacon!! Look at the color, the cut, the fat to meat ratio…can you smell it? taste it? I DIE, I DIE!! So incredibly good! Savory with a slather of maple glazed sweetness…Mmmmmmmmmmm! This put everything over the top. It slayed us, liteally, We were so in awe of the combinations of foods from this brunch that we barely made the 45 minute long drive back to the suburbs….!
Best. Brunch. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!