Location: 556 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N7 (Gastown)
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
Breakfast served from 9:00 a.m – Noon
Lunch is served from Noon – 3:00pm
Weekends 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m Brunch served from 9 a.m to 3 p.m
- No reservations taken
- Known for brunch and waffles
- Prepare to wait
- Street Parking
Medina by day and Chambar by night. I have wanted to visit Medina for brunch awhile now, but never made it in because both my girlfriend and I are late-wakers on the weekend. And so by the time we get downtown, it’ll be already like afternoon tea time (ok, I maybe exaggerating a little). We got to Medina around half past 1 and we still had to put our name on the list for a 20 minutes wait. By the time we were seated, the restaurant was emptying because they only serve brunch till 3pm. If you want to save on parking, I would suggest parking at Tinseltown, buying something worth a dollar there and walk up a block. It’ll save you from paying $2 per hour or was it half an hour.
My girlfriend chose the Saumon Fume, which is served all day. Served on a open faced ciabatta sandwich with a over-easy fried egg, smoked salmon, caper cream cheese, sliced avocado, arugula, peppadew and artichoke salad. It was good, lots of cream cheese and the salmon was good. Presentation was nice. However, to our disappointment we did find a piece of hard bone in the salmon, which was unacceptable for a spread. My girlfriend almost chocked on it.
It was a disappointment that the kitchen didn’t do anything about it. Though the waitress was apologetic about it.
I had the Fricassé, which is also served all day. Served on a skillet with 2 sunny-side up fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, balsamic onions, Watercress, applewood cheddar and a grilled foccacia. Mine was also very tasteful. It was a little salty to my likings, but overall the taste and presentation was good. My only complaint would be the sunny-side up eggs were a little too well done for my liking. (Even more so than my girlfriend’s over easy).
On a good day, the view here of BC Place is not bad.
Overall, Medina had pretty good brunch. But I’m not sure if I’d wait in line for breakfast food. The service was not too bad, but wasn’t dazzling either. Our server didn’t check up on us besides for taking down orders, food, and the bill. The flavours of the food was good and we enjoyed it. However, that piece of bone really ruined it at the end. Value, I would say it’s a little on the high end for brunch. But if you take in the presentation of the food presented, I think it was well worth it. I tend to stay away from places that don’t take reservations but this one, maybe I’ll consider it.