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Cafe Medina- must try breakfast spot

Small Girl BIG Plate Scale:

1.Don’t waste your money  2.Mediocre  3.Good  4.Very good  5. Nobel Prize Worthy

 Items up for review:

1. Lavender Latte   $3.60 (8 oz)
4/5- very good

–          Very unique Latte flavor, especially for Vancouver where anything past a chai latte is difficult to find.

–          Lavender flavor was present without being overwhelming

–          Creamy & smooth mouth-feel.

–          Absolute must-have if you stop by Cafe Medina.

 

2. Belgian Waffles $3.15 Per 1 Waffle + 1 Dip
5/5 – worthy of a Nobel Prize

-Perfectly crispy on the outside & delicate on the inside

-Beautiful nutty flavor

-These waffles are one of the best you will ever find in Vancouver

-Each waffle comes with a dipping sauce. We ordered the Salted Caramel and the Lavender Milk chocolate. I highly recommend both.

-NOT cheap at $3 a piece, but so, so worth it. I could probably eat 20 of these and still smile after.

 3. Paella  $13
2/5 (Mediocre)

-Decription: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padarno, watercress, avocado and tomato salad.

-It was very oily (most likely from the chorizo).It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either

-Flavors were great, but there was just something about it that we couldn’t quite put our finger on.

-However I loved the avocados in the paella. Pretty genius addition that also provided the dish with a great textural component.

-For $13 I don’t recommend this. For $8, maybe.


Conclusion & Cafe Medina Must-Knows:

-Hands down one of the best breakfast/brunch spots in Vancouver

-Great service

-Tidy washrooms

-Not a secret gem! Will get jam packed on weekends.

-Very cute ambiance, although, some of the tables are uncomfortably close together.

-Items you must try: Belgian Waffles, Lavender Latte

Overall, Cafe Medina is an absolute must-try in Vancouver. The waffles alone are worth the 45 minute weekend wait .

Love,
r x

 

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Minami Restaurant in Yaletown– Grand Opening

There’s a new kid on the Yaletown block and they’re awesome.

Foodies I present to you Minami Restaurant. A remarkable Japanese restaurant which I had the pleasure of getting to know at their grand opening party tonight.

The grand opening party was very extravagant. Everything from the food to the ambiance was top-notch.

Aburi Prime Rib, cubed & skewered, finished with soy glazed black truffle wild mushroom duxelle sauceAburi Salmon Oshi Sushi: local salmon pressed and dressed with Chef’s own sauce, topped with jalapéno. 

The amount of love and thought put into this restaurant was refreshing. As I stated in my morning column for Vancity Buzz– this restaurant had soul; A quality which I would say many restaurants lack today.

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish, served on a wonton spoon with wasabi dashi broth and yuzu miso foam

I had the honor of meeting Seigo Nakamura, the owner and mastermind behind both Minami and its sister restaurant Miku tonight. He was a wonderful person who shared not only his resturant vision but purpose with me. He stated that he wants to “build a community” that both Minami and Miku are more to him than just “businesses”.

I can confidently state that Minami will soon house the best Japanese food in Vancovuer. The food I ate tonight was truly memorable. It was art.

If you want authentic Japanese food this is the new go-to joint.

-R x