to celebrate being together for 10 years, the hubby and i drove up north of the border and spent the day in vancouver b.c. i kind of make it my business to go through all the top yelp restaurants of the city whenever we travel. this time, we landed in cafe medina. as you know, i loooooooooooooooooove brunch food, so when i heard waffles, i was sold! even at 3pm, there was still about a 30 minute wait. as a true and faithful yelper, i ordered off of the yelp popular items. there was the white chocolate pistachio rosewater mocha, the milk chocolate lavender mocha, les boulettes (2 poached eggs, spicy moroccan meatballs, cilantro, hummus, and raita), a side of grilled focaccia, and of course, the famous waffle with 2 toppings: white chocolate pistachio rosewater (i love white chocolate!) and fig orange marmalade. living in the coffee snob capitol, i was actually thoroughly impressed with the coffee. the floral scent was not overpowering the coffee as i originally feared. if anything, it almost neutralized the acidity of the coffee. it reminded me slightly of hong kong style coffee/tea. i didn’t have much of the les boulettes because i was spending most of my valuable calorie intake on the waffle, but from the couple of bites i’ve had, the les boulettes was very flavorful, yet light. i did have to end up wrestling the hubby for half of the focaccia bread because it was absolutely delicious! it was so unbelievably fluffy. the waffle was exactly how a waffle or any baked goods should be: crispy on the outside, soft in the inside. i have had good waffles before, but what made theirs shine is definitely the toppings. the fig orangage marmalade was sweet and tangy, while the white chocolate pistachio rosewater was creamy and smooth. not only did the flavors complemented each other, the texture was also incredible. the verdict? i would TOTALLY come back and wait another 30+ minute in the cold on a saturday afternoon for cafe medina. the food was completely worthy of the wait and as wonderful as their high rating.
556 beatty street
vancouver, BC V6B 2L3