When a small, sparsely decorated venue is empty, sometimes the atmosphere is so lacking that it can become uncomfortable to eat in.
When you’re in that place for a brunch, and there’s only two of you, it can feel downright strange. Thankfully, brunch at Muchachas is an experience like no other, so despite the pastel coloured cantina having only a few other patrons, we never feel uneasy.
Everything, from the warm greeting by the fabulous fedora-wearing guy on the door to the pass-around clumps of candyfloss that finish the meal, is well thought-out, well presented and enjoyable.
It’s also extremely good value. The brunch, at Dhs285 for the beverage package, represents a superb return.
Staff are super-friendly and the music, a mix of Latin beats and guilty pleasure-style pop and dance hits, is enough to make anyone’s Friday get off to a flyer. What we don’t have, however, is a menu.
Blind brunching it is, then.
First up is a bowl of nachos with a couple of dips. Nothing too spectacular, but certainly nothing to grumble about. The guacamole, on the other hand, is excellent. We order more.
Our favourite dishes come either side of some salads. Pulled beef sopes (rich meat sitting on a delicious pastry base) and beef quesadillas on one side, and half a pineapple filled with a rich cheesy sauce, studded with plump prawns, and ceviche on the other.
Some tacos arrive much later, seemingly temporarily forgotten about, but we’re too full to do them justice. Ditto the dessert of churros and chocolate sauce.
This seems like the ideal brunch for groups who don’t want an over-the-top blowout. Dhs185 (soft drinks), Dhs285 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Holiday Inn Express Safa Park, Al Safa (04 327 5878).
The Bottom Line A casual, fun, tasty and great value Mexican offering.