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Medina - new lunch/brunch place near Chambar


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Medina - new lunch/brunch place near Chambar

Simon | Jul 30, 2008 02:06 PM

This place just opened on Beatty, right near's a coffee/brunch/lunch place with Middle Eastern and French elements...

I've been there twice: while there are a few kinks getting worked out as they start up, it has a lot going for it. The egg dishes are more intriguing than most brunch places: e.g."cassoulet"-style eggs, lebanese-style etc.

i had the eggs Libanais...this was two poached eggs which came w/ a a side of babaghanoush (very good w/ nice garlic) and some "foul" (pronounced like "fool"). The latter dish wasn't authentic: foul is a Middle Eastern dish that is made w/ mashed fava beans, cumin, lemon juice, and olive oil. The foul here was a more of two-bean salad w/ chick peas and some kidney beans: a decent thing but why not serve authentic foul, which is delicious and often a mini-revelation to people who try for it for the first time.

My other small quibble about the brunch is that they have harissa (red pepper hot sauce) listed as two dollars, as a side dish...this is ridiculous: which i pointed it to them (that's like charging for Tabasco), and they gave me a little bit for free. It was yummy, and i highly recommend asking for it as a free condiment.

On my second visit, i had the fish soup: a big healthy bowl w/ lots of halibut, some shrimp, carrots, olives, and greens in a tomato base. While i was expecting something with a fishier base, it was a very satisfying meal. Dishes on other tables (e.g. a pork and morbier cheese sandwich, Moroccan meatballs w/ hummus and cucumbers) also looked very tasty.

Coffee was great both times.

The room has a comfy banquet and woodsy feel.

Overall, i recommend giving this place a try, as it's a much needed brunch option in the greater Gastown/Crosstown area, and they are clearly putting a lot of fine effort into the menu.

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