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A short while ago I had a great dinner at Barraca so when I needed a spot for Brunch in the WV/MPD I figured I’d give their Latin hermano next store a whirl. The menu is broken into Entrees, Eggs, Sides, Burgers, Ceviches, a large selection of Tapas and a nice selection of Cocktails along with a number of Sangria’s. I went with the Valencia comprised of a Rose base with Vodka, Grapefruit, some Ginger and fruit while my dining companion opted for a Lemonade. Much like at Barraca, the Sangria’s here are a bit more like well crafted cocktails then your usual version.

Since there was so much to choose from we decided to share a number of items from the menu. We both enjoy seafood and I love Ceviche so we planned on ordering a couple but they were not serving them during our visit for some reason…so we adapted, improvised and overcame by ordering the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon topped with a lemon aioli over Arepas (of note I think sweet corn Arepas make a superior Benedict) a side of Guacamole that was very fresh and seasoned just right. You have a choice of 2 out of 4 Salsas. We choose the Guajillo (smokey) and the Tomatillo (fresh and vibrant). The Guac portion is small, the chips portion large. Since Summer is coming we ordered the Kale Salad with dulce de membrillo(quince) and pumpkin seeds topped with Manchego cheese in a lemon chipoltel vinaigrette that was absolutely delish,  When stuff tastes this good why not go healthy? The only other seafood choice available was the Shrimp Empanada’s, while good, not great, but did the job of filling us up.

Inside Macondo is a bright airy space with lots of turquoise and in their backyard is a beautiful wall sized Day of the Dead painting. Of note, it does get a little loud inside during brunch likely due to those who choose the unlimited Mimosa’s(2hour limit). We didn’t get a chance to check out the desert menu, it was just too nice out and we opted for some sunshine…

Macondo West is located at 2 Bank Street

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