Mamasita

20 Dec

One of Melbourne’s top rated restaurants on Urbanspoon. Because they open only at 12noon and do not take reservations, be prepared to queue even if you arrive early.

At the end of Collins St near to Parliament Station, the little door leads up to the dining area on the second level.

Beautiful bar area with a full range of alcohol where you could grab a drink and hang around if you are still waiting for a table. Feel free to chat with the really friendly bartenders.

The first question the staff will ask if whether you have been here before. If it is your first visit, they will patiently explain the entire menu to you. It is a pretty small menu but you are in for a Mexican feast! (Note that menu has recently been changed. Refer to their website for an updated copy)

Elotes Callejeros – “Street Style” chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayonnaise & lime (A$4.90). You should kick yourself if you come here but miss this out. It used to be A$4.40, but nevertheless, this is a MUST-TRY. Sadly they do not allow takeaway for any of their food. I would happily walk in and ask for 2 sticks of corn and munch on it as an afternoon snack. Fresh juicy grilled corn with melted cheese and spice, it will simply blow you away. I cannot emphasise how much I love this simply looking yet flavour wise it taste so sophisticated.

(From left) Tostaditas de Carnitas – Slow Braised Pork Shoulder, Encurtidos & Jalapeno (A$14)
Tostaditas de Pescado – Market Fish, Lime, Guacamole, Serrano Chilli & Nasturtium (A$15)
Tostaditas de Pollo – Chargrilled Chicken, Avocado, Queso Fresco & Chipotle Mayonnaise (A$14)
Tostaditas de Cangrejo – Crab Meat, Avocado, Cucumber, Tamarind Mayonnaise & Habanero (A$16)

These bite size tostaditas are absolutely flavoursome. Every order comes with 4 pieces. Put the entire piece into your mouth and it instantly goes booooom! Layers and layers of taste comes through to you. My favourite will be the pork and chicken one. Whereas my friend loved the crab meat and fish one. I guess you gotta order all of them to know which is the best!

(From left) Ceviche de Salmon – Atlantic Salmon, Yellow Peppers, Chilli, Orange, Lime & Mastard Oil (A$6) (Snapper version now $8)
Ceviche de Yucatan – Market Fish, Green Tomato, Chilli, Mint, Lime & Coconut Milk (was A$6, now A$7)

I need to mention that my visit there was in April and they’ve changed the menu since. The Salmon ceviche is no longer served and is replaced with a snapper version. But I must say, ceviche was pretty new and interesting to me. It is made using raw fish and ‘cooked’ with lots of acidic juices. Be prepared when you take your first mouthful because your face and body will twitch! Strongly recommend the salmon (now snapper) version of the ceviche. The fish has a better bite to it and I prefer without coconut milk. Ceviche just prepares my palate for the main courses coming up!

Taco de Camarones – Marinated Prawns, Habanero Chillies & Chipotle Almond Salsa (A$7). The prawns were really fresh but as a taco, it felt pretty tasteless to me. Probably because of the previous dishes which were so packed full of flavours, this one was much more subtle. But I heard the Braised Pork version is incredible. The pork filling is same as the tostaditas and I could imagine how amazing it will taste like.

Quesadilla de Pollo – Chargrilled Chicken, Coriander, Queso Criollo, Pico de Gallo & Queso Fresco (A$14). I would pretty much call it a tortilla pancake. The chicken version was just average to me, not too fantastic compared to others. I believe the menu changes frequently because there used to be a beef one which is now replaced by lamb

Cerdo en Nogada – Mulato Rubbed Pork Fillet, Walnut Sauce, Pomegranate & Tequila Soused Raisin (was A$24, now $27). Beautifully cooked piece of pork fillet which remains tender and juicy on the inside. Portion is good for one or two to share. Any more people sharing into it will get you only ONE bite.

Pescado a la Veracruzana – King Fish and Clams Poached in Tomatoes, Olives, Capers & Jalapeno Chilli (A$26). Sadly, this dish is no longer featured in the menu. But I absolutely love this Mexican version of a seafood soup. The sweetness comes from the fresh seafood and juicy tomatoes. They were pretty generous with the king fish. I had to start scrapping the bowl towards the end because the soup was that good!

Been to Mamasita twice and I will definitely be back again. Mexican food is all about giving bangs of flavours. They are also very well balanced in terms of sweetness and acidity. To sum it up, Mexican food is so much fun and excitement!

Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds : 12pm to 12am
Thurs :  12pm to 12.30am
Fri : 12pm to 2am
Sat : 5pm to 2am
Sun and Public Holidays : Closed

Address:
Level 1 / 11 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61396503821

Ratings:
Food: 4.5/5
Ambience: 4.25/5
Value: 4.25/5
Service: 4/5

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