Casa Mua may not look like much from the outside, but walk into its doors and you'll discover a bohemian-styled brunching paradise for Palermo's 20-to-30s professionals, creatives, and young families. The place is 100% faux rustique: wooden tables and shelves with aged finishings, flower-covered cabinets, countryside lamps and candle holders, warm unfinished paintings. It's an interior designer's urban version of a country cottage.
Casa Mua also has a touch of the wonderfully childish about it: a central reception space with low sofas, children's books, and even children's toys make it the perfect place for young families who want to bring their kids for brunch. (Even the menus are presented in little books, written out with a playful childish handwriting that sometimes requires a bit of adult deciphering!) And, proving that the casa is as much a playground for adults as it is for kids, the staff is especially warm and welcoming with any little guest that comes through their doors.
I arrived at around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, and the place was already quite crowded with young families and groups of friends chattering over sandwiches and salads. Outside on the terrace, young couples enjoyed a more intimate meal away from the chatter of children. After a 10-minute wait (short by popular-brunch-place standards!), I was sat at a high wooden table next to the window and overlooking the rest of the restaurant - perfect for Sunday afternoon people-watching.
Whilst Casa Mua does have desayuno menus like at Oui Oui and Bar Seis (two places I have brunched at before), they were slightly more expensive at around A$50. In any case, as the place is best known for its sandwiches, paninis, salads, and fresh fruit juices, I decided to forgo any desayuno menu and opted for a classic chicken caesar's salad instead. It was freshly prepared and delicious - and exactly what I needed after all the parrillas and helados I had been eating in Buenos Aires!
I ended up spending much of my Sunday afternoon at Casa Mua, doing some writing on my laptop and even managing to Skype with friends back in Paris. That's one thing I love most about brunching in Buenos Aires: you can truly take your time to do just about anything over your meal. (Free wifi is almost ubiquitous in this city.) As for Casa Mua itself, it's definitely a place I will be coming back to - especially when I'm craving a healthy sandwich or salad for lunch, and missing the feeling of being surrounded by family!
Soler 4202, Palermo Chico
Tel: +54 11 4862 7561