Peyote brunch

Decent dishes at this surprisingly upbeat DIFC event


A Mexican restaurant in DIFC serving up a fiesta-themed brunch. Sounds good to us.

We arrive fashionably (but not overly) late to Peyote, and, bar one table, are the only ones there. So far, so quiet. Undeterred we take a drink and accept the offered seat at the bar. The pre-meal drink is a nice touch, giving it less of a brunch and more fine-dining-dinner-date feel to the occasion. We happily chat away here for a while, and our drinks are replenished quickly and quietly.

Service is slick and the vibe is classy. The small dining room becomes increasingly busy throughout the afternoon, and we’re pleasantly surprised by the vibrant buzz.

The food at Peyote didn’t wow us on our previous visit (although we loved the cactus salad), but we’re delighted by the brunch's starters. Everything is fresh, tasty and light.

We love the prawn ceviche, with meaty chunks soaked in a zingy lime dressing, while slices of fresh tuna are perfectly seared. Tacos are equally good – dainty, circular dishes are prettily presented and loaded with a variety of tasty toppings. They're authentic and delicious.

Mains are are sadly not on a par with the starters, however. A small portion of chopped rib-eye sits looking lonely in the middle of a large bowl, while the the arroz a la tumbla (essentially a fish risotto) is topped with meaty chunks of fish and prawns, but is far too salty. After such a strong start we’re left disappointed.

We have room for dessert, and nibble on macarons, cookies and a range of other Mexican sweets.

With summer on the horizon, this will be a solid option for an indoor brunch. As it is, Peyote’s offering is good, but not good enough to beat others out there.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Plus 10 percent DIFC tax. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).

The bottom line
Fun, but a bit hit and miss food-wise.

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