Monday, 28 January 2013

Medina Café

I hadn't planned on going for brunch this past weekend, but when I got a call from a very dear friend to say she was in town and wondering if I could join her for brunch on Sunday I was super excited!  Not only did I get to have lunch with a bunch of lovely ladies, but I finally got to try Café Medina.  It was just as fabulous as I had heard.  The food was unreal, we actually ate in the back of Chambar because they were so busy, and the whole meal was a treat.  Further details on the food have been included below for your mouth watering pleasure.

Things to note: (1)  I don't think this place ever doesn't have a line-up.  However, it is a true testament to how delicious it is and the line is well organized and there are awnings to keep you out of the rain's reach.  I would definitely recommend planning on a minimum 30 minute wait, though.  (2) Your whole party has to be there in order to be seated.  (3) The food is delicious, but it's definitely not an inexpensive brunch.  (4) The service is relaxed and enjoyable, which was fabulous for us because we wanted to sit and chat.  However, if you're hoping to be in and out quickly, this may not be the place for you.  From the time we put our name down until the time we paid our bill was about 2.5 hours. 
My matcha latté.  Oh so pretty and very good.  It took me a couple of sips to get used to the fact that it was unsweetened but once I did, it was very nice.  ($4.30)
Paella with egg sunny side up: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano, watercress, tomatoes, avocado.  ($13)
Paella with egg over easy: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano, watercress, tomatoes, avocado. ($13)
Cassoulet: 2 fried eggs on baked beans, saussison de Paris, double smoked bacon, and andouille. Grilled foccacia.  ($15)

Les Boulettes: 2 poached eggs, spicy Moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus, raita. Grilled foccacia.  ($15) 
La Santé: Soft boiled egg, prosciutto, ripe tomato, olive tapenade, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, grilled ciabatta.  ($12)

My Tagine: 2 poached eggs, spicy tomato stew, merguez sausage, sundried black olives, and cilantro. Grilled foccaccia with hummus and raita.  This was out of control delicious!  The flavours were amazing, the sausage unreal, the spicy tomato stew was full of chick peas and delicious with the poached eggs, and the foccaccia with hummus and raita was such a treat.  I just wish there were a few more can never have too many olives!  ($14)
Waffle with berry compote.  I almost didn't get the waffle because I was on the verge of being full and really, how good could this waffle be?  However, since they were known for their waffles, and since everyone else at the table got one, I succumbed to peer pressure and ordered one.  It was the best waffle I have ever tasted.  And the berry compote was divine!  ($4.15)

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