Review of Cafe Medina in Vancouver BC


Echoes of Yotam Ottolenghi (who was recently in Vancouver). He thrilled London and then the world with his vibrant, rustic, colourful Middle Eastern dishes and with his three runaway best selling cookbooks. Fans also note that Ottolenghi is Jewish and his business partner, Sami Tamimi is Palestinian — an inspiring backstory.
While Medina Cafe isn’t quite the global sensation, it’s a superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene. Witness the patient people in waiting over an hour for a seat on the weekends. I suggest you go in, put your name down, ask how long the wait is, run some errands or go for a walk. (You’ll be ‘next up’ if you missed your turn in line.) Another thing, if you’re meeting people, you won’t get seated until you’re all there — seats are too precious to keep warm for late arrivals.)
Like Ottolenghi’s delis and restaurants, Medina embraces Middle Eastern flavours and owner Robbie Kane is Jewish and his wife is Lebanese. Her name is Medina, like the café, a coincidence that began their romance. She went into the Medina on Beatty St. (before it moved to Richards St. in August) because of the name. “She said she’d never run across anything with her name on it,” says Kane. “ She came back the next week on my day off and I was in the café because my barista didn’t show up; I came in to fire him.” They hit it off and seven years later, they’re ever grateful that the name Medina was chosen over Revel or Gypsy or Cul Sec (or ‘dry bum’, a French tavern term, meaning ‘bottoms up’) which were also considered. And the missing-in-action barista should be thanked, too.

Medina was previously co-owned by Kane and the owners of Chambar. When Chambar relocated two doors away, Kane took over the business and moved to Richards St.; the new location is much bigger but the lineups are longer in the busy downtown spot. When the food is unique and bold and rustic, served in clay pottery and cast iron pans, it’s worth the wait. Inside, the place seems to rock from morning to closing in late afternoon. If Kane is on the floor, it will be literal. “When I’m there, I change the music to classic rock. When it’s rocking, you can tell I’m there.” ‘Medina’ is spelled out in distressed lettering on one wall and antique pieces give the impression this room has been around a long time. (It’s a relatively new building.)


Kane has hired executive chef Jonathan Chovancek (Bittered Sling Extracts, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, former chef at King Pacific Lodge and Culinary Capers) who tweaked and added to the menu started by the Chambar’s Nico Schuermans. The tagine with two poached eggs, spiced chicken, Merguez lamb sausage, chickpeas, veg stew, olives, preserved lemon is still on the menu but about half the menu is Chovancek’s.
His fricassee champignon (fried eggs, sherry roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, greens, apple wood smoked cheddar, grilled focaccia) is the top seller and anyone with a hearty appetite can appreciate why.

medina-fricaseeThe paella ($14) isn’t a rice dish. It’s done with orzo, the grain-like pasta. A poached egg, chorizo, veg, Grana Padano and avocado and tomato salad made for a yummy lunch; it’s because of popular demand for orzo but I prefer rice. Harissa pain plat has layers of grilled pita, beef, Manchego cheese, tomato salsa with a fried egg, spiced hummus and greens.
La Sante ($13) isn’t as sensual as many of the braised, stewed, roasted dishes — one soft boiled egg, a tomato salad, avocado and big blasts of flavour from olive tapenade and Oyama charcuteri

The Liege waffles with the caramelized pearl sugar ($3.15 and $1 for one of the nine sweet and savoury toppings) are abc1still on the menu; the yeast dough isn’t made in house because they couldn’t keep up. The waffle maker is a 100-pound job, heavy enough to hold down rising yeasted dough.

If you order Le Peameal, an in-house bacon and egg sandwich with caramelized lemon aioli, mustard vinaigrette and greens on grilled ciabatta, a dollar of the $12 price goes to Mealshare, an organization which helps feed people in need. It adds up to about $600 a month.
You can also do side orders like mascarpone and black pepper honey, lamb sausage, baba ganoush and quinoa tabbouleh.
For dessert, there’s Earnest ice cream (cardamom) and waffles with toppings like peach and bourbon, salted caramel, and blueberry sumac juniper preserve.


CAFE MEDINA. 780 Richards St., 604-879-3114.
Open 8 to 3 weekdays; 9 to 3 weekends and holidays.


LE MARCHÉ ST. GEORGE Cafe in Vancouver

The intimate setting suggests Le Marché St. George is a place for slow-paced activities like knitting and watching leaves turn. And the simple pursuit of enjoying your milky latte from an oversized gilded bowl or devouring a smoked salmon quiche, oysters and wine remind us that these are the gentle, unhurried luxuries of life.

A potter by trade, owner Janaki Larsen and partner Pascal Roy curate the store in a way that creates a mildly French ambiance (Roy is from Montreal) inspired by the Mediterranean and a rustic, homemade sensibility.

All this, and the delightful display of creamy white ceramics made by Larsen, woven aprons, tins of imported sardines and dried flowers with the stream of locals popping in and out, beautifully captures the loveliness of Le Marché St. George’s community and the quotidian life.

Le Marché St. George Vancouver
E 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5V, Canada
+1 604-565-5107



Marisel is Melting Butter’s Assistant Food Editor. She’s also a baker, social media strategist and restaurant habitué living in New York City by way of Panama, Hawaii and Japan. She spent her childhood eating patacones (fried smashed plantains), tripe, sashimi and all sorts of noodles. Follow her on Instagram for all things food at @breadbutternyc

Now open: Buro Coffee in Gastown in Vancouver, BC


A brand spanking new café has just opened up in Gastown. Located at the intersection where Water, Cordova, and Richards Streets meet, Buro Coffee is a welcome addition to the this ever-expanding neighbourhood.

Affiliated with the Coffee Bar franchise, Buro Coffee serves a range of quality caffeinated beverages, which are all made using coffee beans from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel. Espresso based drinks include cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, Americanos, and more.

Non-caffeinated drinks include a variety of loose leaf teas, spicy chai lattes, and creamy London Fogs.

Along with their drinks menu, Buro Coffee also offers patrons a variety of freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and wraps. While the majority of products are made-in-house, the gluten-free goods sold are brought in from an outside bakery.

Buro Coffee promises to be a tasty and convenient spot in Gastown to grab a cup of coffee either on the go or in-house. The café’s clean, bright space (the sun generously filters through the large street facing windows), is the perfect spot to enjoy a hot beverage and watch the world go by.

Currently Buro Coffee is operating under their “soft opening” hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, as of Monday 7, the corner café will start running under their regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.






Buro Coffee

Address: 365 Water Street
Phone: 604-915-6744

Prado Café’s new Gastown location a hub for coffee receives 5 stars out of 5 stars

Inside Prado Café‘s second location, at the corner of Hastings and Abbott in Gastown, it almost seems like everyone walking by is about to walk in, thanks to the amazing floor-to-ceiling windows on the two exterior walls. This feeling is no accident; Prado owner Sammy Piccolo has long enjoyed creating cafe spaces where the community feels at home, and the customers feel like an integral part of the business.

Piccolo says he’s been thinking of a second Prado location almost since he opened the original Prado on Commercial Drive, but when it finally came down to selecting a space, it took him some time to settle on the spot, even turning down a year ago the precise place in which he’s opening up on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

prado cafe gastown

Gastown has become a hub for some of the best in what Vancouver has to offer in terms of the coffee experience, but this doesn’t phase Piccolo, in fact, it seems to invigorate him. “I like to be around other cafés, restaurants. I get along with all the others,” says Piccolo. The lack of shortage of great coffee actually seems part of their own sustainability. “If everyone went to a different café every day of the week, we’d all still be in business,” points out Piccolo.

t’s not about any particular gimmick or tick of the trade that Prado offers, but instead it’s a matter of high quality when it comes to both what they serve, and the atmosphere in which they’re serving it.


“We want to do the best job possible with our coffee,” explains Piccolo, after he makes me a creamy Flat White topped with a beautifully executed “foam” heart–no surprise, since Piccolo is a four-time Canadian Barista Champion and the first ever winner of Word Latte Art Championship.

In particular, Piccolo says he’s delighted that this new Prado will have an extended selection of savoury food items, baked goods created by a newly-brought on pastry chef, and down the line some exiting creations that will fall in step with the next project he’s already dreaming up for Prado.

Prado Gastown will have two different espressos; Sunday through Wednesday what Piccolo calls an “old school” espresso, and Thursday through Saturday a showcase single origin espresso. Regular coffee will be done in both batch brew or pour-over. Prado will utilize theBonavita, which allows for a “steep-and-release” kind of brewing, a method Piccolo has come to admire when he first encountered a similar method for tea-making.

prado cafe hastings

The cafe, which will offer WiFi and has ample seating, was designed by Piccolo with an eye on simplicity. There’s a sort of minimalist Shabby Chic aesthetic evident in the simple antique wooden dresser and reclaimed old windows in the shop, adding warmth to the otherwise stark white of the subway tile. The bright blue-green of the 49th Parallel coffee bags and cups add a cozy touch, as does the more rustic feel of the tables and floor.

“W’ere kind of home-made,” explains Piccolo. He’s been talking about a cake they’re going to offer, using the recipe an employee’s mom uses for birthday cake, complete with sprinkles and candles, but Piccolo could also easily be speaking about the overall vibe of Prado.


Piccolo says he thrives on building relationships with customers, citing examples of people he met in cafés he’s worked in that he is still in touch with after a decade or more. While we chat, would-be customers drift in, hoping the shop is open for business. Piccolo gently explains it’s another couple of days, then admits to me he’d rather they come in and ask than have a sign on the door telling them the café is closed; it’s another chance for him to talk to the community.

Getting to know the Gastown community is something Piccolo is eager to do, and he hopes Prado is a great meeting spot and a welcoming place for anyone in the neighbourhood. It’s easy to imagine, then, that those windows aren’t even walls at all.


The name Prado comes from the Galician word for “meadow,” or “open space,” which is precisely what Piccolo has created at his original location, and what Piccolo is well on his way to creating here in Gastown. In a busy city where the culture of coffee is supreme, Prado Gastown is a welcome addition to the fold.


Prado Café Gastown

Address: 100 W Hastings Street, Gastown
Phone: 778-379-4315






Revolver Cafe Vancouver receives 4 out 5 stars

Revolver Cafe in Vancouver has a real selection of coffee, really cute and funny baristas wearing various shades of solid coloured dress shirts. Everyone seems knowledged about their coffees. Great environment and good latte.

However they have a terrible internet connection and poor quality.

It’s clear why this is so popular, we were happy to have missed the line up for Revolver, they make each coffee with so much care, its obvious the wait can get hefty!Detail-oriented shop with ethical & fair-trade coffee brewed fresh-to-order, plus baked goods.

Address: 325 Cambie St,
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7  [ MAP ]

Delany’s Coffee in Vancouver. 2015 CAFE WINNER

In the winter of 1993, we tested our concept on the streets of Vancouver, working out of a small roadside kiosk that was no more than 200 square feet. We made and served coffee by day and did our baking at night.  The opportunity to take a great space on Denman Street became available, and we risked it all – we put our family home on the line with the bank and began this journey. After four years of working the store day and night , we felt we had the recipe and the experience to open up our second store in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver. We experienced great success in our own neighbourhood and subsequently opened our Dundarave store in 1999, Park Royal Village in 2005, and our most recent store, Lynn Valley Village in 2008.
 We are a family business, and always have been.  All three of our sons grew up working in the business, and two of them are still involved today.  In addition, Robin’s sister Bitsy is the manager at our Edgemont Village location. Our vision is to be an integral part of the communities in which we do business. We work hard to be your neighbourhood coffeehouse and gathering place. 
Delany’s Locations
 Each Delany’s location is positioned in a village-like area because we love being at he heart of our community. You’ll find each Delany’s has its own unique personality and decor, unlike many other franchise or “chain” coffee shops. Most of our stores are additionally characterized by photographs and/or art from
locals in our community. We hope you find each store unique yet welcoming with that inviting “Delany’s charm”.
English Bay, Denman Street is my favorite

The very first of our locations, Delany’s on Denman has been serving the finest coffee to Vancouver’s West End community since September, 1993. We focus on great coffee, and great service, which has helped us to become a neighbourhood fixture – a busy destination whenever the city congregates in English Bay. Even our customers who have moved across town – or across the country – make a point of “coming home” to Delany’s, where they can always find a familiar face and a warm greeting. While the landscape of the coffee industry has transformed since our inception in 1993, Delany’s on Denman has kept pace with the times, offering the best of what a good cup of coffee is all

1105 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC, 604-662-3344, Wireless internet available!

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 6:30am to 8:30pm
Sunday: 6:30am to 8:30pm 




49th Parallel Cafe Review

49th Parallel Coffee in Vancouver, BC claims to be an elegant cafe but when we walked into their 4th avenue location in Kitsilano we heard horrible music. Even the owner Vince Piccolo agreed and gave us 20 dollars. However the manager named BARRETT JONES who is a rock and roll worshiper or just hates when middle-eastern men win began harassing and intimidating the customer.  He even attacked the customers only means of income and posted the customers business on a spam site.  He even slandered and threatened the customer with posting the customers picture at many cafes. This customer is a very good citizen and has helped 1000s of homeless.
Please do not give your business to
49th Parallel Coffee in Vancouver, BC
Call 604 420 4901 and voice your concerns
And Vince Piccolo should be ashamed for allowing an Internet Troll to harass a good-citizen.  I am very close to filing a Notice of Civil Claim and an Injunction

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

Buzz Cafe receives 5 out of 5 stars

Buzz Cafe is located in beautiful Yaletown which is in beautiful Vancouver.  Even before I walked in I was full of awe as a saw the outside architecture which is designed like a warm cosy brick house.Then when you walk in and see the huge windows and the two floor cafe you will agree that you have walked in the best cafe in Vancouver.

I don’t know where to start.  The high-quality beverages and high quality breakfasts or lunches which are homemade and priced right.  Or should I start with describing the art gallery that is upstairs where you can sit on chairs or couches and enjoy your tea or latte or meal.  The furnishings are elegant and majestic.  I don’t think I need to say more.

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 901 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B

Caffè Artigiano much better than 49th Parallel Coffee

After the horrible experience at 49th Parallel Coffee. We were so happy to give Cafe Artigiano 5 out 5 stars.

Artigiano is Italian for artisan, a person immersed in craft who through practice achieves cafeexcellence using their hands, head and heart in all that they create. At Caffè Artigiano, we have been dedicated to crafting the perfect cup of coffee since opening in 2000. Our Italian-themed coffeehouse and bistro quickly climbed its way to success, gaining a reputation for serving artisan-inspired coffee beverages and delectable foods. We continue to set high standards in the many locations that serve you by embracing innovation while maintaining the traditional Italian persona that has become so comfortable and familiar. This is where Caffè Artigiano started, and this is where it stands today.

They have several locations.  Please visit their website here