Sunday, August 24, 2008

Café Medina (MOVED)

UPDATE (08/11/14): Café Medina closes its doors today on its original location and is reopening August 12, 2014 at 780 Richards Street.
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I will sum up my breakfast experience by quoting one of my dining partners vis-a-vis Nigel Tufnel, “today Medina took it up to eleven!” After our 15 minute wait in line (write your own name on the sheet just inside the entrance), we were seated in this sexy room (cleanest floors we had ever noticed in a restaurant). Drink orders were taken immediately, the lattés were richly delicious.

With the construction of the kitchen finally finished, the menu has now expanded beyond waffles only. Although ‘only’ waffles would have been just fine with me. Nevertheless we were lucky enough to enjoy so much more! I ordered the Cassoulet – fried eggs on top of baked beans with bacon, duck sausage, and andouille sausage served with grilled foccacia and tarragon mustard. Oh. My. Word. My friend ordered the Fricasse – fried eggs on top of braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula and smoked applewood cheddar. Again. Oh. My. Word.

And because this wasn’t decadent enough for breakfast, a round of waffles had to be done. Personally, I tried the Lavender Milk Chocolate and the Raspberry Caramel toppings. When I bit into the crispy, warm waffles doused with each of these sauces, I had one of those moments where the room recedes, all the sounds around you become muffled background noise and I was ‘at one’ with my waffles. OK, I’m being a bit overly dramatic, but, seriously, I really enjoyed them. Another friend had the waffles with Dark Chocolate and Mixed Berry Compote. By the look of his chocolate-berry-mustached smile afterwards, he also thoroughly enjoyed.

556 Beatty Street780 Richards Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Noon
Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
www.medinacafe.com
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9 comments:

kokostiletto said...

mmm wow this sounds so high class!

have you heard of fig mint before?

http://www.figmintrestaurant.com/menus.php

maybe you could try them next!

Jackie said...

That little moustached guest forgot to share his waffles with you! An oversight. I can vouch for the mixed berry compote and the dark chocolate though, as I stole a bite or two. Heaven. Turned up to 11, indeed! I can't wait to go again.

In Search of Breakfast said...

Thanks for the recommendation, kokostiletto, I’ve put it on my list!

suggah said...

Oh.My.God. If you'd like a second visit, you have a date! I'm licking the screen....

;)

suggah said...

Ok, so I finally went. Holy mother of breakfast god. Had the casoullet and a waffle with the fig and orange marmalade. I'm still dreaming about that marmalade...might attempt to make it.

kokostiletto said...

MMMM we went here today - it was delish!!! loved it! thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Loved it! Great little gem of a breakfast place. Long lines, but well worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

Went there for Sunday breakfast the last two weekends - superb. Would go this weekend... but I am back home in the UK!

Anonymous said...

Went to Medina yesterday -fantastic breakie. I had the tangine minus the sausage and added avocado instead. It was served with hummus and was delicious. This was followed by a waffle - just cause I had to try one and a divine coffee. Worth coming from Australia for :)