Muchachas: Mucho to be happy about at this Mexican restaurant

Muchachas offers a set iftar menu for $44 during Ramadan. (Supplied)
Updated 02 June 2019

Muchachas: Mucho to be happy about at this Mexican restaurant

  • Muchachas can be found at the Holiday Inn Express in Al-Safa
  • The setting is fun and inviting, with cacti and sombreros, and the staff are attentive

DUBAI: I don’t know why this gem isn’t more famous because its food and ambience are excellent.
Muchachas can be found at the Holiday Inn Express in Al-Safa and offers a set iftar menu for $44 during Ramadan.
The iftar has everything a hungry diner could want: Four courses and drinks at a pocket-friendly price.
We started with seasonal fruits, dates, creamy guacamole and tortilla chips. The chicken wings, which were also part of the first round, had crispy skin and moist meat, and were coated in a tasty combination of sweet and spicy sauce.
Guests pick three dishes from the selection offered for the second round. One of our favorites was the salmon, which was crunchy on the outside yet juicy on the inside, but we found the quesadilla to be slightly dry.
The third course is all about tacos and guests can pick three flavors out of the five available.
My favorite was the crab taco. It was crunchy, delicious and different. My friend's favorite were the chicken tacos - which were juicy and flavorful.
The desserts were delightful. Light and crispy churros, and dreamy ice cream with apple taquitos. 
We tried three mocktails - El Dorado, Berryland, and Carribean Sea - and they were all refreshing.
The setting is fun and inviting, with cacti and sombreros, and the staff are attentive.


What We Are Reading Today: Manhattan by Jennifer Thermes

Updated 08 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Manhattan by Jennifer Thermes

  • This volume is a rich, multilayered creation worth leisurely exploration

This is an excellent book about the history of Manhattan island, staring with the indigenous tribes who lived there.

Jennifer Thermes’ illustrated chronicle of the history of Manhattan “is filled with a series of loose-limbed, eye-pleasing maps that trace the island’s transformation from the natural landscape of the native Lenape people to the newly built Dutch and English colony to the gridded American metropolis of the early 19th century and so on until the current day,” said a review in The New York Times.

It added: “Thermes has a gift not only for rendering delicate watercolor, colored pencil and ink illustrations but for narrating history in a way that inspires wonder. How terrifying it must have been to live through the Great Fire of 1835! And how exciting it must have been to ride that first subway in 1904!”

The review said: “Just like Manhattan itself, this volume is a rich, multilayered creation worth leisurely exploration. And it will give all children growing up in New York City a new perspective on their hometown.”