It isn't often that I go out for brunch, since I have work now, and honestly speaking, I'm just too lazy to get up early on weekends.
When we decided to go for brunch, I knew exactly where I wanted to go: Café Medina. This place has been raved about countless times and is currently number eight on Urbanspoon. It is also one of the more expensive brunch places. We all agreed to head here.
While driving around, we weren't quite sure of the location. But once we were there, we knew we had arrived since there were quite a few people waiting outside. We had expected a wait since we had arrived pretty late at 11:15, but we weren't sure for how long. Throughout our long wait, there were actually a lot of people who couldn't stand it any longer and left. I'd like to take this time to thank them since that means our wait was shortened. Anyways, our party of four finally got a table at around 12:10pm -- which means we waited almost an hour.
To our surprise, we actually got led into the café, then into a narrow hallway and into another room. Turns out they had more than one seating area, and we were at the back of the building, where we could see easily see Rogers Arena.
Everyone ordered a latte (either lavender or vanilla), and I didn't want to miss out in the frothy beverage action, so I ordered the matcha latte ($4.25). The problem with a lot of matcha based drinks is that the matcha can clump at the bottom or float at the top of the drink and result in a gritty and powdery texture. Unfortunately, this is what happened to the froth at the top. It was a bit better when bigger gulps were taken, compared to the smaller sips though. My favourite matcha latte is still at Sajin's. There was generally good feedback on the lavender and vanilla latte, except for some saying that it was too sweet.
Onto the food! Originally I wanted to get the tagine because I really wanted poached eggs. But after we asked what was recommend, I knew I had to get the fricassé, the most popular dish at Café Medina. I had considered it earlier, but it had fried eggs instead.
The fricassé ($16) is essentially braised short ribs cooked with just the right amount of sauce, topped with watercress, apple, potatoes, cheddar cheese, and eggs. It sounds simple enough, but the flavours have been stuck on my mind everyday since the meal. I'm literally salivating now as I write this. The boneless short ribs were very tender and flavourful.
Combined with the yolk, I was "rippin' and dippin'" (as the waiter called it) with the foccacia bread (which was perfectly toasted, by the way). The eggs were laying right on top of the cheddar cheese, which was absolutely amazing. Cheese and eggs go so well together! I thought it was sort of strange to have apples in it, but it was actually quite okay. They were still crunchy since they weren't really cooked that much.
I was a bit preoccupied with my dish and didn't want to steal too much of my friends' but I have pictures for you to drool over! Doro's l'omelette du matin ($12) was also really good. The ingredients for this vary day to day, but like I said before: cheese + eggs = love. This one had a lot of crab meat on it, which was also increased the level of love.
Connie's saumon fume ($12) was really good as well, and I liked the addition of avocado with the smoked salmon.
We also had to order a waffle ($3.15) with white chocolate pistachio rosewater topping ($1) to share, since they were so famous. The waffle has a crisp exterior that isn't too hard to bite into, yet an airy interior. I love pistachio gelato, and this sauce had a subtle hint of the nut. The rosewater was also really subtle too. Kem and I really like the topping and wanted to just drink it.
Like Kem said, there was a lot of nodding throughout the meal, mostly from food! Everyone agreed that it was worth the wait, and we were already thinking of our next visit halfway through our meal. (I've been thinking about it everyday for the past few days, so I had to type this post before other meals!)
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