One of the perks that comes along with our sweet little apartment in San Miguel de Allende is housekeeping service every Friday. The housekeeper, Juana, arrives around 10:00 in the morning, and does a thorough cleaning of the apartment including washing and changing the bed linens. We want to be out of the apartment while she’s here, and decided that Friday morning would be the ideal time to try a different place for brunch each week, sort of along the lines of having gelato every day in Florence.
Juana came this past Saturday instead of Friday, apparently to give us an extra day of rest in the apartment. We headed out shortly before she arrived to check out the Centro and included brunch as part of our day. San Miguel de Allende has an amazing array of good restaurants to choose from so the most difficult thing for us that day was choosing where to eat!
Since we were in Centro, and intending to go to the Mercado de Artesanias, we opened up our maps, put brunch in the search bar, and were rewarded with loads of choices in our immediate area. Reviews for several of the restaurants were available as were menus, and after some discussion we settled on El Encanto because of the reviews and its location half way between where we were and the Mercado.
The downstairs dining room
Although it’s a small restaurant, El Encanto’s colorful decor is captivating, and highlights art and design from around Mexico. There is also a whole Day of the Dead theme going on as well. The small restaurant has two distinctive dining areas that we saw: an open air patio and a colorful enclosed dining room behind it. There’s apparently also rooftop seating but it wasn’t open when we were there. Because of the hot weather we chose to eat in the dining room where it was nice and cool.
The menu had a selection of around seven brunch items. Brett chose ham and cheese quesadillas, while I went for enfrijolades, tortillas drenched in bean sauce then rolled and filled with shredded meat and topped with cheese. Both dishes came with a huge side salad topped with fresh fruit and a creamy mustard dressing. My dish also came with seasoned rice. Brett drank an Americano with his meal; I had an iced green tea. We ate everything with relish except the lettuce (which I can’t eat anyway).
We left El Encanto feeling very full and immensely satisfied. Both our meals were big enough that neither of us felt like eating anything the rest of the day! The total for our two meals, drinks, and tip came to $15.36 USD.
We’ve already researched and found where we want to brunch this Friday, another restaurant located in Centro with an impressive coffee menu and some interesting entrees, including a spin on my favorite, eggs Benedict.