After six years in its original Crosstown location, Café Medina recently moved to a beautiful new home at 780 Richards Street (at Robson). Arguably one of Vancouver’s most popular breakfast, lunch, and brunch spots, Medina’s new digs are impressive—high ceilings, expansive windows, a full-size bar, open kitchen, and waffles and coffee available for takeout.
Still, owner Robbie Kane and his brother Brian, a production designer in the film and television industry who dressed the restaurant, have maintained Medina’s old-world charm and personality with mosaic tile floors, washed walls, and industrial lights. Even with the increased seating, don’t assume the wait will be shorter—but it’s well worth it. Medina’s characteristic cuisine—Les Boulettes, Fricassée and La Santé—remains, but with new executive chef Jonathan Chovancek at the kitchen’s helm, we can only expect more excellent bistro fare.