The GOODS from Cafe Medina
Vancouver BC | The new incarnation of Café Medina continues to evolve, as the breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch hotspot is now available to be booked for a variety of private evening functions in its new home at 780 Richards St. in Vancouver’s Library District.
Boasting high ceilings, up-cycled lighting fixtures, antique mirrors and traditional art deco panel moulding, Café Medina’s expansive dining room marries the romance of 1920s Paris and the utilitarian sensibilities of a working person’s café. It offers a truly unique and instantly memorable setting for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 100 guests reception-style.
Whether it’s a cocktail-and-canapé mingler or a sit-down dinner, Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek has designed an array of seasonal evening menu options featuring Café Medina’s signature rustic, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Besides a variety of sumptuous canapés and appetizer platters, Café Medina offers a dinner buffet for $50 per person and three-, four- or six-course plated dinner menus at $35, $50 and $75 per person, respectively — all of which can also be paired with a variety of custom cocktail creations, wine or beer.
mushroom duxelles, black garlic and aged cheese wrapped in
Lem-Marrakech spiced pastry
chorizo paella croquette with fire-roasted tomato aioli
Moroccan poutine, hand-cut fries, double smoked bacon gravy,
caramelized halloumi and za’atar
roasted squash and sesame soup with chermoula chicken confit
and crème fraîche
“turchetta” Sloping Hills pork belly-wrapped brined turkey, pumpkin
seed salsa verde and ‘stuffing’ gravy, double-smoked bacon brussels
sprouts, maple and rosemary roasted root vegetables, celeriac and
chive mashed potatoes
citrus cured polenta cake, burnt honey-poached pears and
“We’re excited to add a new component to Café Medina by opening our doors for select private nighttime events,” says owner Robbie Kane. “We’re so grateful for how well our new location and daytime menus have been received, and now it’s time to showcase what we’re able to offer once the sun goes down.”
Kane, who opened Café Medina at its original Crosstown location in 2008, has garnered rave reviews since moving the popular restaurant to its refurbished new location in August. Beyond the expanded seating, the new Café Medina features a number of improvements such as large, street-facing windows, an open kitchen, 10-seat cocktail bar and eight-seat coffee bar. The restaurant is also equipped with a full drop-down screen and multimedia capabilities ideal for presentations and corporate events.
For information, inquiries and pricing for private functions at Café Medina, please call 604-879-3114.
Owner: Robbie Kane
Executive Chef: Jonathan Chovancek
Sous Chef: Victor Pulleyblank
Manager: Jenna Briscoe
Since opening in 2008, Café Medina has carved out a niche as a truly exceptional breakfast, lunch and weekend-brunch destination that effortlessly blends eclectic bistro fare, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet nourishment via the city’s best Belgian waffles.
While the name Medina has many interpretations, it was selected for its connotation to “radiant or enlightened city”. Indeed, this unique café quickly shone as one of the city’s most stylish additions, thanks to owner Robbie Kane’s pioneering attitude towards café culture and distinctive brand of enlightened hospitality — an ideal complement for the café’s instantly memorable, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek.
As Kane explains it, Café Medina doesn’t simply serve food — he and his staff pride themselves on feeding the soul of each and every guest and providing them with sustenance in every way, shape and form. It’s this signature Medina mystique that has made the café a Vancouver institution, and is the reason its guests keep returning again and again.
After six years in its original location in Crosstown, Kane moved Café Medina to a bright and spacious new home at 780 Richards Street in August 2014. And while the café’s new location boasts a number of upgrades, Kane has also taken great pains to migrate and preserve the same quaint touches, fine details and old-world charm that made the café such a beloved staple of the local restaurant scene in its former site.
The café’s new quarters not only allow for increased seating capacity, an expanded bar, open kitchen, high ceilings and plenty of natural light, but also provides the opportunity to expand the Medina menu to soon offer dinner service, as well as an evening venue for private functions and special events.
Available for Private Evening Functions
Boasting high ceilings, up-cycled lighting fixtures, antique mirrors and traditional deco panel moulding, Café Medina’s expansive dining room offers a truly unique and instantly memorable setting for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 90 guests reception-style.
Whether it’s an intimate wedding reception or rehearsal, cocktail-and-canapé mingler or a multi-course dinner service, Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek has custom-designed an array of seasonal menu options all featuring Café Medina’s signature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Please contact us for bookings and inquiries.