C took a week off on his birthday to use up vacation time. We have always wanted to try Cafe Medina but not the wait. So on the day of C’s birthday, a Thursday, we went and my mother came along to treat him as his birthday gift. (C: yay for a week off!)
For those who are unfamiliar with Cafe Medina, it is one of the well known place for brunch in Vancouver. It is especially known for their waffles and lavender-related edibles. The restaurant doesn’t take reservation and hence on a weekend, the wait could be 1hr and onward. To get on the list, you simply walk into the restaurant and on the side it hangs a clipboard and an attached pen. You simply write down your name and party size.
Unfortunately, we came at a bad time. There were 2 big parties ahead of us. We got there around 11:15 and didn’t get seat till 12. At 11:15 the waitress also announced that breakfast will no longer be served. I heard a lot of immediate sigh and groans. After the 2 big parties were seated, the turn over was actually quite fast. Ppl who came later was in luck. Their wait was short or to no wait at all! (C: I’m pretty impressed with how busy they were – a lineup on a weekday! Don’t people have work? I’m jealous!)
I had my mind on trying the much raved lavender latte and waffle. Since we did not anticipate such long wait, I had no breakfast or caffeine in me. C and I immediately ordered each a lavender latte while my mom got a white chocolate pistachio rosewater mocha. With high hope, the lavender latte was a disappointment. The smell of lavender was definitely there. I think the taste of lavender and caffeine isn’t the best harmonious combination. Something just tasted OFF…I think it would be great as lavender milk instead of using it with caffeine. I finished it simply because I needed a fix of caffeine. Mom loved her mocha. She loved the rosewater flavor. It was a very tasty drink overall! I could not taste the pistachio and only the rosewater. I think the rosewater flavor is much more powerful than pistachio.
(C: I found the lavender flavour for the coffee kind of weird. It smelled really nice, but it didn’t jive too well with the coffee).
The menu has only 2 pages, very simple and clean. One page is for the drinks and the other page is their food menu.
Mom ordered the Fricasse ($16) which has 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, watercress, applewood cheddar with grilled focaccia. This is a breakfast item that is served all day. C and I ordered from the lunch menu instead. I had the L’ardennais ($19) which is AAA flatiron beef, 1 fried egg, forest mushroom bruschetta, smoked tomato béarnaise, ciabatta with watercress salad. C decided on the Truite Saissoniere ($16), pan seared steelhead, quinoa and butternut squash salad, espelette caper butter, sunflower seeds and fresh picked herbs, pita chips.
My mom’s Fricasse was sooooo good! The braised short ribs melt in my mouth and the sweetness of the caramelized onions really popped. It is great that a grilled focaccia was serve as it can be used to mop up all the sauce in this dish. The focaccia alone was pretty darn tasty with the buttery herbs slathered all over it.
(C: Q’s mom’s Fricasse was indeed super good! The short ribs were ultra tender and very flavourful. It was the best dish out of the three we had! This dish included some bread as well, it was awesome!)