Café Medina, Vancouver
It’s been called “Vancouver’s hottest brunch spot”(Kim Mah: Real Weddings) and “A superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene.” (Mia Stainsby: Vancouver Sun).
Café Medina’s owner Robbie Kane has a “pioneering attitude towards café culture. “We want to support Canadian farms and companies that are doing something to counteract the truly non-sustainable agricultural system that is happening in South America.”
Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu is both an old hand and familiar face when it comes to the Café Medina kitchen.
Deniz served two separate stints at the original Café Medina on Beatty Street, both as a first cook in 2009 and then a sous chef in 2012, before rejoining the fold as chef de cuisine at the restaurant’s new home at 780 Richards Street in 2015.
Born and raised in Northern Turkey, Deniz grew up in the warm embrace of a family of cooks and spent most of his childhood in the kitchen and around the table, where he quickly learned to appreciate and master the same hearty, rustic and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that Café Medina has become famous for, as well as the subtle art of simplicity — both in life and on the line.
The lentils are sprouted to make a version of hummus; there’s a savoury quinoa tabbouleh and would both go well with the blistered stone flatbread or grilled foccacia. The charcuterie is from Oyama, the renowned purveyor of excellent meats in Granville Island. The coffee is roasted locally.
It’s little wonder that there are daily line ups. But if there’s anywhere that spending some time anticipating a great meal is worth it, it’s here!
Food Day Canada Menu 2016
“Food Day Canada Frittata”
Skillet frittata of spicy smoked pork sausage with locally-grown leeks, potatoes, red spring onions, sweet corn and brie cheese from Montreal. Served with focaccia bread and dressed greens from Hannah Brook Farm in Maple Ridge, BC.
Café Medina is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada.
Café Medina est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs.
780 Richards Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4