Café Medina – Downtown Vancouver, BC

Café Medina
Downtown Vancouver, BC
http://www.medinacafe.com/

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cafe Medina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Home Of The Brave – Fashion District, TO

Home of the Brave
Fashion District, Toronto
http://www.thehotb.com/

Having always wanted to go to HOTB I found my chance one day when scouring the area while feeling indecisive about where to brunch.

I’ve been before for drinks and while I usually don’t revisit after I’ve had food, I didn’t get everything I wanted to try and will most likely go back after this visit to try their burger and cheese steak and steak.

It was getting quite late and we decided not to ruin lunch and went for a slightly light brunch; ordering the buffalo cauliflower; BBQ ribs and the fried chicken and waffles.
While that may not be light for you it was definitely not a classic brunch for me.

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The cauliflower came out first and for anyone thinking it would be a slightly healthy, you would be dead wrong. It was battered; deep-fried and tossed very liberally with their homemade buffalo sauce. While they were fantastic morsels of fried goodness I would have preferred the cauliflower to have been flash fried and sauced rather than battered, it was a bit too much.

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The Ribs and Chicken and waffles came out next; the ribs were interesting, dry rubbed style with a glaze more than a sauce that was ever so fleeting, I didn’t mind the flavour but it was great by any means. The meat was fall of the bone, a little too much if you ask me, as you went to pick up a rib the meat started to fall off before it got to your mouth. These were not to my liking, that being said, they could be to yours.

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Lastly the chicken and waffles; my standard go to brunch dish really; this was a different style for me, the chicken was great, crisp, juicy and flavourful and fantastic with their sauce; the waffle on the other hand was their own style which, in my opinion, didn’t complement the style of chicken and waffles, it was too dry and crunchy; not giving the dish it’s roundness of juicy crisp chicken with fluffy waffles.

While an overall tasty meal I was oddly underwhelmed by the dishes ordered, the burger and cheese steak hopefully can redeem my opinion of the restaurant.

Home Of The Brave Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato