The Chinese Bites Signature Dish Tour took us to Strike Restaurant on Broadway the other night. If you have yet to hear about it—it’s a fairly new Taiwanese restaurant (about 7 months old) that’s located right within the busy Kits community.
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
-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
-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 .