The Hottest Thing in Town- Mamasita Restaurant Review

As the name suggests, ‘a hot babe in Hispanic’, this Mexican restaurant is indeed the hottest thing in town at the moment. There’s no question about that. But, the real question is ” Is it ‘hot’ because it simply is (has the substance to back it up; great food and service etc.) or just a hype? There’s only one way to find out. To judge for yourself.

It’s 6.40pm on a Thursday night. The queue has stretched from the top of the stairs leading to the restaurant and out to the street. The wait is about 45 minutes or more. The encouragement words of ‘It’s worth it!” by happy patrons coming down the stairs help us to keep our spirit high.

The narrow staircase leading up to the restaurantwith only visible iron bars and lights with noisy crowd created a sense of suspense of what lies ahead.After about 45 minutes or so, we finally made it to the top of the stairs hierarchy.We were then ushered to the bar to order our drinks first ( Is this a strategy to get you to order more drinks?) while they find you the next available seats. I had sangria in a wine glass which is novel to me . It tasted good! This part taqueria,part high-end tequila bar,part restaurant and part late-night supper club felt like a bar with noisy after- work crowd with Latin music blasting on the background.By now, you are almost ready to eat the menu! It’s so near yet so far. This feels almost operatic. Human are curious creatures. The longer one is refrain from getting what they want, the more determined and curious they are. The only danger is that the longer one wait, the higher the expectation will be.

We finally got seats at the bar ( For your info, you can also order food through the bartender).To start off, we ordered tortilla chips with both salsa and guacamole. My only experience with Mexican food was during my recent trip to America. So, I have not much expectations which allow me to open up to new taste and experience.

Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole

The tortilla was fresh and crisp and I love the guacamole! It has enough depth of flavour of garlic and onion. Next, a must have is the tostaditas which are small bites of filling on a fried tortilla. We chosen the tostaditas de congrejo which consists of crab meat,avocado, cucumber,tamarind mayonnaise and habanero.

Tostaditas de congrejo

A word of caution. PLEASE remove the habanero(the red chilli) before eating if you can’t handle the spice! My eyes watered and I was waving my hands over my mouth screaming ” Hot! Hot! “as I took my first enthusiastic bite. ‘Once bitten,twice shy’ as one says as I removed the habanero from my second helping. Trust me on this (coming from Malaysian Chinese who can handle spices). But, if you are up for the challenge, go for it! After the initial shock,I managed to enjoy  the creamy avocado with fresh crab meat on the crispy tortilla. Would love to try other variations next time. This would be perfect finger food for dinner parties.

Quesadilla de Huitlachoche

Quesadilla,which is a two 9″ inch tortillas with filling proportioned into 8 sections, of Huitlachoche made its entry. It’s filled with Mexican truffle, mushroom,roasted corn,epazole and queso fresco. The taste was earthy with heavy scent of huitlachoche and mushroom.  Huitlachoche,which is a corn smut, is considered as a delicacy in Mexico. It was later termed Mexican truffle by an American to get more American to eat it. Just like the taste of truffle,if you like its musky and earthy taste of mushroom,then this is the meal for you. I enjoy how the filling was just the right amount and was balanced with the crisp of the tortillas.

Taco de Chorizo

No Mexican meal will be complete without a taco. So, I ordered taco de chorizo based on my friend’s recommendation. The taco is filled with chorizo, cabbage, chipotle,coriander and onion. Be careful when you eat it as it could get quite messy. I would have enjoyed it better on a hard-shell taco than soft-shell taco but that’s just me!. We didn’t have dessert this round ( Do I hear a murmur of disappointment from dessert lovers?). Next time.

Dining scene transforms from country to country and even city to city. It encompasses more than the sum of good food and service.In order to keep patrons coming(or queueing up) , restaurant serving ethnic food not only has to serve authentic food but somehow capture the essence of the culture and transform it into something new altogether. A little Mexico in the heart of Melbourne gastronomy. And, Mamasita just did that.No wonder people are queueing for this ‘hot babe’!

Mamasita Restaurant

1/11 Collins Street,

Melbourne VIC 3000

(03) 9650 3821

Open Mon-Sat: 12am -12pm

Price: $$ ($15-$25 per main)

Cuisine: Mexican

Description: Part taqueria,part high-end tequila bar,part restaurant and part late-night supper club

My Rating: 6.5/10

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One Response to “The Hottest Thing in Town- Mamasita Restaurant Review”
  1. footiloca says:

    Excellent article, foodi, I want to go to Mamasita!!

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