Cafe Medina

[07/22/2015] The other day, Cookie (Cindy from Cookies and Chemistry) decided to meet up again and have breakfast together! As one of Vancouver’s most popular brunch spots, Cafe Medina has been on both our to-go lists for a while now, so we thought we would choose a weekday to visit.

The Restaurant

This is Cafe Medina’s second location, which is bigger than their original. It’s conveniently located 2 blocks away from Granville skytrain station. We purposely went on a random Wednesday in hopes that the line would be shorter, but even before the opening hour, a line began to form. I was actually late (walked 2 blocks from Granville the opposite direction.. haha I have zero sense of direction), arriving at 8am instead of 7:50 like Cookie and I planned. Cookie told me that there were already 20 people in front of her when she got there, and basically all the seats were filled up by the time we settled down.

I love this haha..

Even though it was on the louder side with the amount of people, Cafe Medina has a warm, inviting kind of feel that I like.

Right when you enter is the cash register and an enticing display of their Liège waffles. Some seating around it is available as well.



There is an open kitchen where the daily special menu is, and on another side of the venue is the bar.

The Food

The menu features a good variety of drinks- beer, wine, coffee, tea, juices, sodas- and brunch dishes. Their signatures being the Paella and Fricassée of course! Although Cafe Medina is listed as a Moroccan/ Middle Eastern, the food here show influences of other European countries.


Cookie and I both started off with a drink.


I came here set to try their famous Lavender Latté ($4.25 + $0.50), which didn’t disappoint. The lavender was very fragrant, although the scent was more prominent than the taste in the drink itself. Still, it was aromatic and I enjoyed it a lot! (4/5)

Cookie picked the Pistachio Rosewater White Hot Chocolate ($4.50). I didn’t get to try this, but she really liked it! However, while she thought that the rose and white chocolate components were amazing, the pistachio flavour could have been more pronounced. Her rating: (4.5/5).

We decided to share two dishes, and because we’re totally boring, we picked what everyone else does- the Paella and Fricassee.

Our mains came beautiful presented as expected, and we couldn’t wait to dig in. Even after many shots of pics, the food preserved the heat as they were served in a hot skillet/ ceramic. Gosh, aren’t they just so photogenic?

Instead of the original Fricassée, which has short ribs, Cookie and I, the two plant lovers, went for the vegetarian version- Fricassée Champignon ($15). This is the exact same dish but it uses mushrooms in place of the meat. It also consists of roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, applewood smoked cheddar, greens, topped with two sunny side up eggs and bits of apples.


The braised mushrooms were juicy and tender, and the sauce here gave great flavour to everything. The addition of the apple gave a good, tart balance to the whole dish. On the side came a piece of toasted foccacia bread. It was crusty with a soft inside, and I used it as a sponge to dip in the delicious runny egg yolk, mmm. (4/5) 

The Paella ($15) was our hearty second dish. It has curried orzo, spicy chorizo, veggies (zucchini, cherry tomatoes, radish), avocado, tomato salsa and another fried egg on top. We weren’t big fans of sausages, so we omitted the chorizo from ours.

We were told that this has a bit of heat, but since I love my spicy food, I didn’t find it overwhelming at all. Cookie on the other hand, commented otherwise. 😛 I loved this dish because once you give it a good mix, each bite has a mixture of unique textures and flavours. Everything was well seasoned, and it was overall just super tasty! (5/5)

Sharing is caring. ;D We wanted to try their waffles too, but what we ordered was more than enough to satisfy our large breakfast appetites. Oh well, next time!

Final Thoughts

So is Medina worth the hype? I think so. The food, atmosphere, and service were all wonderful! Our hostess was incredibly welcoming and friendly despite the busyness, answering all our questions and giving recommendations patiently. I think the prices were quite reasonable as well, it filled us up for sure. I’ll be making my return once I prepare myself for the crowd.. xD

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4.5/5 | Service: 4.5/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

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<3, Rae


2 thoughts on “Cafe Medina

  1. Ahh best brunch place in the city!! The only thing I hate is the long line ups lol!! How long did you line up for? ;D

    The lavender latte looks ah-mazing!! And of course, you can never go wrong with a paella or their fricasse!
    I’ve heard that their waffles are some of the best in the city, you have to try them next time!!

    PS Love the interior shots Rachel!! ^^


    • Heeey Selina thanks for reading! 😀 I didn’t have to line up myself because I got lost and ended up late but the crowd’s crazy ahaha. We wanted to share a waffle too but we were already so full from the mains.. I’ve been wanting to go back to try it but I really don’t want to wait in line again. xD And thanksss, you have to give me foodtography lessons sometime. (;


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