Medina is a place for interesting Moroccan breakfasts & brunches and great waffles. As I said in the title, it's the best I've found in Vancouver. Unfortunately, thousands of others have too.
It was Victoria Day today and Medina was open from 10am - 3pm for an all-day brunch. We arrived at 10:40 and waited for just over an hour to be seated. We forgave them when the food came.
You arrive to a throng milling outside the funky cafe (next to Chambar: the owners' other joint). You walk inside to write your name on a list, depressing in its length and the number of names before yours.
When we finally sat down we were given our coffees. They were great. Coffee is so vital to a good breakfast cafe and Medina understands this. There are few places that understand this in Vancouver. Starbucks doesn't. Cafe Artigiano does. So does Cafe Medina.
The food was rich and quite heavily spiced. I had Le Chasseur - fried eggs atop bison sausage from Oyama, wild boar bacon, braised potatoes, watercress and roast tomato with grilled focaccia on the side. Despite its full-flavour, it was not overpowering. Sourcing their meat from Oyama is a good move: there is no better sausage.
Three fellow diners all had different and equally satisfying meals. We finished with waffles. The waffles come with dipping sauces. The marmalade, lavender milk chocolate and the white chocolate pistachio were all appreciated.
All in all, this is not breakfast that you could eat every day. It is special occasion breakfast and I commend it highly. My only advice is arrive early and a little before your appetite catches up with you.