Mamasita, Melbourne, Austraila

After a long walk around South Bank to checkout the fire show at Crown Casino, we had another small meal at Mamasita. We stopped by earlier in the night, but they had a really long line down the stairs. This place is popular!

On our second attempt, we were seated right away, but the place was still very packed and vibrant.

We ordered the de Pollo tostaditas, a couple of tacos and Totopos con Guacamole and con Salsa. The chicken on the tostaditas was piled high, and was very moist and tender. It was also topped with queso fresco, some avocado, and chiptole mayo. These were two bite pieces with lots of topping. The grilled chicken was shredded and placed on top, and the avocado was creamy and the mayo was a bit smokey.

For the tacos we just choose de Pescanado and de Lengua y Chachete. I loved my Lengua taco which came with braised ox tongue & cheek, pickled vegetable & a ghost chilli mayo. The tongue was very tender, and it came with a couple of crispy strisp of meat, bacon-like. The ghost chilli mayo really gets you too. It didn’t seem very spicy at first, but it kind of just creeps on you. It’s really spicy, but I enjoyed it. My friend also enjoyed her crisp fish taco, but it wasn’t as spicy as mine. The Pescado came with lime, achiole paste, red onion salsa and chipotle mayo. They were $6 each though which is pricey for a taco.

The guacamole was very limey, and not nearly as fresh as the one made in front of us at Mejico. It was more flavourful though, but I prefer it to be chunkier.

We weren’t that hungry, but we knew we wanted to try it out. I was happy with what I ate, but the tacos are about 3 times more expensive than what I’m used to in Vancouver. Though the one I had here is one of my favourite tacos.

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Level 1, 11 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC

03 9650 3821

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  • Fil

    I have a bit of an issue with the food at Mamasita and some of the other Mexican places that have opened in Melbourne. It’s that they are usually described as street style food but in that regard they don’t cut it for me.

    It’s not that the food isn’t tasty but for me it has lost a lot of what street food is about, quick and cheap food that you can eat either walking or sitting down for a few minutes at a road side seat. I’m obviously in the minority as this place is really popular, but I’d love to see some quicker and cheaper places open up, to compete with the places that do bahn mi and kebabs. I suspect the reason why they are lacking is that migration from Latin America down here is faily low compared to other parts of the world, so that Mexican remains a bit of a novelty that you can charge a premium for.