Nectar of the Gods

Say hello to “The Daily”, an organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized juice now available on tap at Café Medina! Provided by local company Nectar Juicery — founded by Lara Kozan and Tori Holmes in 2012 — “The Daily” is their signature and best-selling elixir and provides more than one-and-a-half pounds of vegetables in every glass.

With no fillers or preservatives, this “daily dose” of Nectar is packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients and will help your body survive and thrive no matter what the day throws at you. Delivered fresh throughout the week and available on tap, “The Daily” is the cold-pressed cure for what ails you. Come in and try it for yourself!

Valentine's Dinner at Café Medina

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 @ 7:30 PM

Join us for an exclusive, five-course Valentine’s Dinner at Café Medina — that's right, we're opening our doors for a one-night-only evening service to celebrate the occasion. Our European bistro style décor and hearty, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine will set the perfect mood as Chef Jonathan Chovancek and owner Robbie Kane offer a fresh, eclectic evening menu.

– Valentine's Dinner Menu –

Yarrow Meadows Duck Liver Parfait
Fig and Hibiscus Marmalade, Hazelnut-horseradish Gremolata, Za’atar Foccacia
De Bortoli Emeri Pink Moscato NV, South Eastern Australia

Lem-Marrakech Cured Organic Ocean Sockeye Salmon
Butternut Squash, Green Olive and Apple Caponata, Smoky Baba Ghanoush,
Canadian Quinoa, Bull Kelp Vinaigrette
Manos Negras Pinot Noir 2012, Patagonia, Argentina

Corned and Slow-roasted Ras el Hanout Beef Short Rib
Spiced Carrot Purée, Black Garlic, Celery Root and Farrow Jus
Boutinot Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Les Coteaux Schisteux 2010, Rhone, France

Quince Curd Polenta Cake
Salted Caramel, Wildflower Honey Labna, Sumac Ginger Crumble
Il Poggione Sant'Antimo Vin Santo 2003, Tuscany, Italy

Raki, Campari and Rosewater Turkish Delights
Coffee or Tea

A limited number of seats for Café Medina’s Valentine’s Dinner are available for $99 per person with wine pairings included (or $125 including tax and gratuity). For tickets, please visit EventBrite.

24-Carrot Gold

In keeping with Chef Jonathan Chovancek’s steadfast kitchen credo of using the freshest local, seasonal ingredients for his eclectic menu offerings, we’re shining our 'Supplier Spotlight' this month on UBC Farms’ golden carrots. Chef Jonathan says they're "like no other carrot you’ve ever had in your life.” 

UBC Farms — a 24-hectare test farm that encompasses cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, teaching gardens and forest stands and produces more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs — is a pilot project of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the Point Grey campus.

Chef Jonathan Chovancek has been using UBC Farms’ wide array of wholesale produce in a number of Café Medina menu favourites, and their golden carrots are no exception. An indispensible ingredient in Chovancek’s spicy winter soups and roasted vegetables and as a go-to garnish, Golden Carrots differ from regular carrots in a very key way.

“What they do is leave the carrots in the ground so the frost gets at them and when that happens, it intensifies and concentrates the sugars in the carrot and you have the best-tasting carrots in the world, simply put,” says Chovancek. 

While UBC Farms is now mostly closed for the winter season, Chovancek is looking forward to the spring, when he plans on having the facility grow some custom crops for his kitchen — or, he says, simply seeing what’s sprouting that’s interesting and different and creating dishes around those products.

Coffee Medina

Say hello to one of popular new coffee-bar specialties: our artisan Coffee Tonic, which marries caffeine with a tincture of cocktail inspiration. A morning cure-all, this inventive Café Medina exclusive is a bitter, fizzy quinine soda that blends the sweetness of 49th Parallel Old School Espresso and Central American-inspired Bittered Sling Moondog Bitters.

Amble up to our coffee bar and sample a Coffee Tonic today — just one of the many unique and custom-designed lattes, mochas and cappuccinos available at Café Medina.

Upcoming Events

Café Medina is excited to kick off the New Year by playing host to two exclusive evening events — our Robbie Burns Whisky Supper during Dine Out Vancouver on Jan. 25, and our Icons & Heroes dinner as part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival on Feb. 25. 

Robbie Burns Whisky Supper

On Sunday, Jan. 25, join Café Medina owner Robbie Kane and Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek as we celebrate the birth of Scotland’s favourite son and address the haggis by hosting an exclusive, three-course, family-style Robbie Burns Day dinner as a part of Dine Out Vancouver. Chef Jonathan’s canapés and West Coast-by-way-of-Scotland courses will be paired with a number of cocktails featuring Scottish whisky sponsors Highland Park, Macallan, Famous Grouse and Laphroaig lovingly prepared by “bonnie lass” and award-winning mixologist Lauren Mote. Tickets to the dinner, which takes place from 7 to 10 p.m., are limited and cost $78 each plus tax and gratuity.

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Icons & Heroes Dinner

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, we’ll open our doors for an Icons & Heroes dinner spotlighting Australia’s McGuigan Wines as part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Come to Café Medina and celebrate with one of the world’s most awarded Australian wineries as Chef Jonathan prepares a mouthwatering, perfectly paired, four-course menu and Neil McGuigan, McGuigan’s chief winemaker, leads guests through a wine journey Down Under. Tickets for the dinner, which goes from 6:30 to 10 p.m., are limited and cost $120 each.

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Lambasted

For our featured recipe this month, we’re focusing on one of our “hot” new items on our daily special board — our Spicy Lamb Coca. Featuring a beautiful, naturally leavened crust baked in our forno oven, this flatbread is topped with baba ghanoush, layers of decadent and spicy lamb and fig ragout, a sunny-side-up egg and Lebanese tomato salsa.

Below, Chef Jonathan Chovancek shares the recipe for his 'Spicy Lamb & Fig Ragout'.

Spicy Lamb & Fig Ragout
Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup mission figs sliced

• 2 lbs ground lamb

• 1/4 cup olive oil

• 1 cup red onion finely minced

• 2 tbsp garlic finely minced

• 1 tbsp whole coriander seed

• 2 tbsp fennel seed

• 2 tsp cumin seed whole

• 1 tbsp red chili flakes

• 1 cup diced Roma tomatoes

• 2 tbsp tomato paste

• ¼ cup lemon juice

• 1 cup full-fat yoghurt

Method:

• Dry roast spices and grind in a mortar & pestle

• Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil until caramelized

• Add the lamb, spices and tomato paste. Slowly cook until lamb is golden brown

• Add the tomatoes, figs and lemon juice and braise on the stovetop until ultra tender

• Season with salt and add the yoghurt and mix well

• Serve on top of fresh hot and crispy flatbread, or a bowl of polenta

In the News

We’re thrilled to have been included in a number of recent ‘Best Of’ lists, including the Globe and Mail’s ‘Top 10 New Vancouver Restaurants of 2014’, Scout Magazine’s ‘The Scout 25’ list of Vancouver’s most loved, consistent and essential restaurants, and Notable’s 'Best New Vancouver Restaurants and Bars in 2014'.

We’re honoured to take a seat next to some of Vancouver’s finest and to have earned a spot amongst them. To see more of Café Medina’s recent awards and accolades, check out our KUDOS page.2

"Kudos" for Café Medina

We’re not the type to toot our own horn, though we’re extremely honoured to have collected some recent accolades and want to share the good news with all of you who have shown us such an overwhelming outpouring of love and support since we made the jump to our new home in August. 

After earning nods for Best Brunch and Best Breakfast in the Best of The City Reader’s Choice Awards earlier this year, Medina was again singled out for Best Brunch by readers of the Westender in its Best of the City 2014 Dining Awards in November.

Also in November, Café Medina owner Robbie Kane graciously accepted the trophy for Best Restaurant or Lounge at the 2014 Western Canadian Notable Awards, which recognize forward-thinking, innovative and successful young entrepreneurs and professionals across Canada.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your continued patronage and support and never lose sight of the fact that any praise we receive is all thanks to you! You can find all of the recent news about Café Medina’s awards on our new Kudos page.