No visit to Vancouver is completed without going to Medina for brunch. Even though I have an egg sensitivity, I still had to make my way there. I got there at 11 and lo and behold, I was greeted by their infamous line up. When I got in, I started with a matcha latte and ordered the avocado toast on focaccia and topped with salsa and their famous waffles with lavender chocolate sauce. Medina didn't disappoint and I must say, for being such a busy place, their service was en pointe.
I've wanted to try Japadogs for years and so I made it the first place I went in Vancouver. I dragged my parents with me so I could try more than just one hot dog. From the left, we got the Love Meat (topped with cheese and meat sauce), Okonomi (topped with bonito flakes, Oroshi (topped with grated radish) and Age Ice with sesame ice cream in a deep fried bun. Our favourite was the Love Meat hog dog and I wanted to have the Age Ice all to myself! Not pictured were the Butter and Shoyu Shake Fries which might have been my favourite part of the meal.
There’s not a taco I wouldn’t try so I knew I had to make my way to Tacofino Taco Bar. I opted for the lamb and fish . They were very generous with the filling on the fish taco, so much so that I couldn’t lift up the tortilla. The fish and its toppings were delicious but my favourite was the lamb birria, the herb salad was a great compliment to the meat.
An old colleague of mine took me to Maenam for Thai food right before I left for my flight. Their menu seems to be changing constantly and if I had the stomach for it, I would have loved to do the chef's menu. The fried oysters (left) and massaman beef curry (right) were the highlights for me. The beef in the curry was very tender and not tough like how some brisket can get. The thai sausages (the dish on the right in the first picture) turned out to be too sour for me. They are fried fermented sausages paired with a sweet chili sauce. All in all, it was a good meal and the servers were delightful.