Monday, 11 February 2013

Munchie Adventure: Cafe Medina, Vancouver

Happy first-ever BC Family Day!!! Also a bonus that it's so close to Chinese New Year hehe =D Wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year of the Snake~ Best of luck for the new year! So, today I met up with a few friends from high school whom I haven't seen in forever! Can't believe its been 5 years, so this was like a little 5-year reunion =)

Cafe Medina on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Cafe Medina (visit their website here)
Location: 555 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Cuisine: European, Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee/Tea
Price range: $15-20 per person

Cafe Medina on Foodio54

Date of visit: February 11, 2013
Atmosphere: 5/5
Staff/service: 4.5/5
Food variety: 3/5
Food quality: 2/5
Buck worthy? 1/5

Now, honestly speaking, I really don't understand the line-up outside, nor the rave about this place. We waited in line for about 30 minutes (not quite sure, time flies when you're catching up with lovely people =P) but it was quite a wait. From the outside, it looks tiny, but there turns out to be another back section *very surprised* =O

Couldn't decide what to get, cuz I was worried I wouldn't be able to finish, I *had* to try the waffles, since CC recommended it =) Ohhh decisions decisions!

Finally, we all ordered, and les waffles arrived first. VC ordered a waffle ($3.15) with a white chocolate pistachio rosewater dip ($1.00), and it looked like a lot of sauce for one waffle. JS got the waffle with milk chocolate lavender dip, and said that the lavender was very strong, but good =)
She seemed to enjoy it, but I was busy stuffing my face with my waffle, which CC noted also tastes like bubble waffles (and it started to after she mentioned it =P). They were crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. The icing sugar added a nice subtle touch. GOOD-- but not sure if it's worth $3.15 xD

Next, our food! It took quite a while for it to arrive, but I guess anticipation makes things even better? =) CC and VC ordered the Fritatta du Matin ($12.00), which contained potatoes, squash, peppers, parsley, onions, and some other veggies-- it came in a nice pan, which was also a main selling point ^-^ It looked really good, but CC did mention that it was a bit oily. They agreed flavors were well balanced, just need to take it easy on the oil. It also came with a piece of Focaccia bread =)

JS and I ordered their Paella ($13.00), and I really loved the display. This contained one egg on a bed of curried orzo topped with Hungarian chorizo, zucchini (didn't taste much of that), red peppers, roasted tomatoes, and avocado. I was taken aback by the seasoned avocado. Personally, I like my avocados as is, and not pickled avocados like these. Wayyy too sour for my liking. The flavors were too overwhelming, it was very sour, salty, a bit spicy, and just . . . too much =( Mixing in the egg yolk made it a bit better, but there was only so much egg yolk ><" Sadly, I didn't enjoy this, but I did enjoy my company!

All in all, maybe I should've stuck with trying their waffle and having a mocha instead of the Paella (I was truly disappointed >n<). Not worth the price I paid, so you won't see me returning here. I need to learn not to fall for these "raved" restaurants again, just try any one-- maybe I'll be surprised =) Who knows? New year for new outlook! Cheer's y'all <3

Turns out there's another extra room besides ours! Surprise again! xD

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