Downtown Vancouver, BC
Café Medina is a particularly well-known brunch spot in Vancouver, I tried getting there early one Saturday but ended up getting there at 10am to a 30 minute wait. The place was highly recommended to me and I decided to wait it out.
I ordered three things on the menu, the Fricassee; the wolves’ breakfast and the tuna salad.
The place was packed and the kitchen was slammed; the time between ordering and eating was long but once the food had arrived it looked so good I forgot about the time it took.
I started with the wolves’ breakfast, a plate full of pork and meats. I first went for the sausages and pork shoulder and was not disappointed, they were great and flavour and really matched the mustards and the sauerkraut, I was also a big fan of their house pickled vegetables. The bacons on the other had were unbelievably disappointing; the house smoked was overcooked and tough and not at all enjoyable and the pea meal was dry with the romesco sauce not doing it any favours.
The Fricassee on the other hand was great; a simple tomato sauce with just enough of flavour you could want. The beef was super tender and luscious but not overly fatty all rounded out by perfectly cooked potatoes covered in melted cheddar.
I only had one complaint about this dish, it came with two pieces small bread which was not nearly enough.
Lastly the Tuna salad; a simple fresh and light dish.
White beans, quinoa, tomatoes and fresh herbs all tossed in a tahini dressing. A standout combining savoury, spicy and creamy all at once served with a fresh lightly grilled delicate tuna.
The menu at medina read like a variable hit list of brunch go tos and if I’m in Vancouver again I’d definitely go back to it.