Mamasita is so popular, people are willing to wait 1-2 hours just to get a seat at this place. As we were in our final day in Melbourne, we weren’t leaving until we had eaten here. When we arrived at the restaurant, as expected, we couldn’t get a seat and were told to come back 90 minutes later. The group went off to a local shopping complex just to kill some time.
When we finally got into the restaurant, we decided to order a few dishes to share. First up was their Chargrilled Corn which is what this place is well renowned for. Let me just say this is the best Chargrilled Corn I have ever had! The corn kernels were hot and juicy. Combine this with the zest of the lime, the gooeyness of cheese and the spicy creamy texture of the chipotle mayonnaise, and you have the best corn you’ll ever eat!
The Chicken Tostaditas consisted of chargrilled chicken, avocado, fresh cheese and chipotle mayonnaise on top of a crunchy tortilla. The chicken was tender and succulent, the avocado was soft and creamy, the chipotle mayonnaise added a nice kick and the tortilla gave it the much needed crunchy texture. It was nice, however, it was a little pedestrian because the filling was similar to what you get in a chicken roll from the local tuck shop. It was also very small. One bite and it’s gone.
The Lamb Quesadilla came out as expected. The lamb was tender and succulent, but a little on the bland side. It was encased with fresh cheese in a slightly crisp tortilla. I’d have to say that I’ve had better.
From left to right is the Fish Taco, Steak Taco and Prawn Taco.
Fish Taco – The grilled fish was cooked to perfection and was complimented well by the smokey flavour of the achiote paste and the natural sweetness of the red onion salsa.
Steak Taco – The beef was well marinated, tender and succulent. This was complemented by the herby flavour of the coriander and the natural sweetness of the onion. The smoky flavour of the chorizo added nice depth.
Prawn Taco – The prawns were well marinated and juicy and were livened up by the spicy habanero chillies and chipotle almond salsa.
The Braised Pork Belly was well marinated, tender and succulent. Described as “food for the family” aka a main serve, you only get three small pieces of pork belly. This works out to be just under $9 per piece of pork belly which equates to highway robbery. The Pork Belly was nice but nothing special.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. The place is well decked out and the atmosphere is vibrant when there is a full house (which is most of the time). The food is a little pricey, especially for what you get, but the ingredients are of a good quality.
The highlight was the Chargrilled Corn. Everything else, I wouldn’t order again or I can get it back here in Adelaide.
WHERE: Level 1, 11 Collins St, Melbourne