Cafe Medina is a well known restaurant on Beatty street, right near the Stadium-Chinatown skytrain station. The owners also own Chambar and the Dirty Apron cooking school and deli. Cafe Medina serves up bistro inspired dishes and they specialize in Belgian waffles and lots of brunch style egg dishes.
I ordered one of their famous dishes, the fricasse ($16). This is a combination of fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, onions, watercress, and cheddar all tossed in a pan together. The presentation of the dish is beautiful and it looks so inviting to eat.
The fried eggs were a bit runny and I broke mine and mixed them up with the rest of the dish. The braised short ribs were incredibly tender and full of rich meaty flavour. The roasted potatoes were crisp and seasoned well and I loved the pop of fresh flavour the watercress added. This dish comes with a piece of grilled foccacia, which was perfect for soaking up all the savoury juices left in the pan.
Cafe Medina serves up some great comforting food and although it is pricy, the quality of the food really shines. It gets very busy during peak lunch time and the service was quite slow, so I would suggest you come here on a weekend when you can relax and not when you are on a time constraint.
Yes, for delicious brunch.