Medina Cafe, Vancouver
With less than a month left until I go traveling abroad, I've been crossing off a number of restaurants in Vancouver that I've been either: a) wanting to try or b) wanting to go back to, from my list of things to do before I leave. Needless to say, Medina Cafe has been high-up on that list, and for good reason.
The quality of their menu, coupled with their hospitality, has made Medina Cafe a cult favorite in the city. Once you've dined-in you'll understand why it requires an early morning wake-up call to avoid waiting in line, even on a weekday.
The fare is a Mediterranean-inspired take on brunch, offering up dishes like Les Boulettes - Poached eggs with spicy Moroccan lamb meatballs, roasted pepper, black olive and tomato stew with grilled focaccia bread; and Cous Cous - with oven dried tomatoes, roasted eggplant, toasted almonds, marinated beets, grilled halloumi cheese, and fresh herb salad with orange blossom vinaigrette.
The star of their menu, however, has to be their liege-style waffles, lightly dusted with confectionary sugar and served with a unique choice of delicious dipping sauces like chocolate lavender or white chocolate pistachio rose water. As well as their selection of perfectly crafted coffees, teas, and flavoured hot chocolates.
Medina Cafe's Menu