First Look (And Taste) Inside The New “Cafe Medina”

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With the highly anticipated opening of the new Cafe Medina set for this Tuesday at 780 Richards Street, the restaurant’s kitchen crew and front of house team took Saturday to get in some practice with friends and family. The special “dry run” service saw delivery of chef Jonathan Chovancek’s new menu and our first look at the new interior by designer Brian Kane. Take a look below…

  • Chef Jonathan Chovancek welcoming guests
    Chef Jonathan Chovancek welcoming guests
  • Café Medina | Waffles
    Café Medina | Waffles
  • Cafe Medina | Rosehip and Jaffa Orange Crush
    Cafe Medina | Rosehip and Jaffa Orange Crush
  • The full brunch spread
    The full brunch spread
  • Service
    Service
  • Lem Marrakech cured wild salmon, sprouted faro, pistachio & parsley salad, sesame yoghurt.
    Lem Marrakech cured wild salmon, sprouted faro, pistachio & parsley salad, sesame yoghurt.
  • The soaring ceilings and open concept room makes for a much different feel than the original
    The soaring ceilings and open concept room makes for a much different feel than the original
  • Happy first timers
    Happy first timers
  • The cast iron presentations of some of the dishes are immediately reminiscent of the original Cafe Medina
    The cast iron presentations of some of the dishes are immediately reminiscent of the original Cafe Medina
  • Wall treatment behind the bar
    Wall treatment behind the bar
  • Les Boulettes | Two poached eggs, spicy moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus, raita,  with grilled focaccia.
    Les Boulettes | Two poached eggs, spicy moroccan lamb and beef meatballs, cilantro, houmus, raita, with grilled focaccia.
  • Medina interior
    Medina interior
  • Espresso machine going full tilt
    Espresso machine going full tilt
  • Freshly made waffles on display in the dining room
    Freshly made waffles on display in the dining room
  • Coffee bar at the entrance
    Coffee bar at the entrance
  • Café Medina owner Robbie Kane running plates
    Café Medina owner Robbie Kane running plates
  • Bright dishes and bright flavours
    Bright dishes and bright flavours
  • The long bar
    The long bar
  • Staff gathering at the kitchen pass to run dishes
    Staff gathering at the kitchen pass to run dishes
  • Brian Kane's design took instruction from the original Medina look
    Brian Kane's design took instruction from the original Medina look
  • Babeurre Pancakes | Hibiscus Brown Butter and blueberry, sumac, juniper preserve (Gluten Free)
    Babeurre Pancakes | Hibiscus Brown Butter and blueberry, sumac, juniper preserve (Gluten Free)
  • Le Peameal | Cafe Medina
    Le Peameal | Cafe Medina
  • Harissa Pain Plat | Beef burger, grilled pita, manchego, tomato salsa, spiced hummus, egg, summer greens
    Harissa Pain Plat | Beef burger, grilled pita, manchego, tomato salsa, spiced hummus, egg, summer greens
  • Cafe Medina
    Cafe Medina
  • Brunch drinks
    Brunch drinks
  • Cafe Medina
    Cafe Medina
  • Taking advantage of the bread oven
    Taking advantage of the bread oven
  • Café Medina
    Café Medina
  • Americano
    Americano
  • Café Medina
    Café Medina
  • Chef Jonathan Chovancek, stoked
    Chef Jonathan Chovancek, stoked
  • Pancakes | Café Medina
    Pancakes | Café Medina
  • Café Medina | Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek
    Café Medina | Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek
  • Café Medina | Coffee Bar
    Café Medina | Coffee Bar
  • La Santé | Soft boiled egg, vine ripened tomato, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil, grilled ciabatta.
    La Santé | Soft boiled egg, vine ripened tomato, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil, grilled ciabatta.
  • At the pass
    At the pass
  • Jonathan Chovancek in his new kitchen
    Jonathan Chovancek in his new kitchen
  • Designer Brian Kane and Proprietor Robbie Kane
    Designer Brian Kane and Proprietor Robbie Kane
  • The Crew | Café Medina
    The Crew | Café Medina

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