It’s Sunday, and you don’t feel like getting up early for breakfast. Although, you love this meal of the day, again, it’s Sunday morning and you want to sleep in. What to do? Do you skip and miss this morning’s deliciousness? I say yes because there is something even better waiting for you later in the morning. It’s the best of both worlds: Brunch! The fusion of the words ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch,’ gives life to this food affair that can be enjoyed at the open-air Mambo’s Bistro at Matachica Resort in northern Ambergris Caye. I could confirm during my visit that it continues as a popular spot for brunch on Sundays. Not only that, but along with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Belize’s Barrier Reef, the package comes with tropical mimosas and on special occasions, the unique dining experience supports worthy causes.
If Matachica’s location may still beg a reminder, it is a beautiful beach resort five miles north of Ambergris Caye’s town of San Pedro. Mambo’s Restaurant offers its resistible brunch every Sunday, throughout the year, except when resorts often close for renovation or time in the slow season. This usually happens at the start of September and this year, Matachica Resort and Mambo Restaurant will reopen on Sunday, October 9th — and you can start the season off strong with a brunch.
A Delicious Experience
Getting up there can be either by boat or driving up the north road. As you arrive, you are greeted by their staff that automatically make you feel right at home. You can reach any time after 10 am and indulge yourself in the brunch pampering until 2 pm. I was immediately guided to the sea view seating area of the restaurant and offered a menu for that Sunday’s brunch. The choices ranged from fried chicken and waffles to chilaquiles, sweet or savory crepes, to omelets of your choice, brunch burgers, and even lobster rolls when in season.
Ultimately, I went with the Belizean Benedict: Poached eggs served on a Belizean Johnny Cake with refried beans, bacon, ham, and spicy hollandaise. This choice also came with a refreshing salsa verde, and the kind waitress also brought a basket of pastries with homemade jam. While you wait for your order, you can enjoy some coffee or a glass of natural juice.
The brunch includes mimosas, and you have different flavors to choose from. There is the traditional, grapefruit and strawberry, cinnamon, and even coconut mimosa. I washed down that delicious brunch with a couple of these and I can guarantee you that you will not complain. They were refreshing and well prepared. You can stretch this later morning by eating with fantastic views of the beach and the sea, listening to good music and of course with a bit of drinking.
Yet, no good eating is complete without dessert. Choose from a tropical fruit plate to a baked cookie basket or homemade ice cream. Or you can do it like me and enjoy Chef Stephen’s Key Lime Pie. It has a picturesque presentation with an inviting look to devour every bit of this well-done pie. If you are into desserts, you will enjoy this one-of-a-kind key lime pie! But don’t get me wrong, the other options are also as good as everything on this brunch’s menu.
So, if you are looking for something special for a Sunday, a place to enjoy good eating with gorgeous views and amazing cocktails, then I totally recommend you treat yourself or that special one to Mambo’s brunch at Matachica.
Brunch for a cause
The Matachica Resort along with Mambo Restaurant are always looking at ways to give back to the island community. On their last brunch in August before closing for a couple of weeks, the proceeds of the event went towards paying the registration fee of 20 students at the Holy Cross Anglican Primary School in San Pedro Town. Matachica is all about sustainability, education, food, and health.
The award-winning resort will continue hosting these special events to continue supporting the school.