A few short hours after landing in Melbourne we make our way to Mamasita for our first feed in this city. You could say I had an eating itinerary so watch this space for some of my Melbourne eats to come. We’ve always had a soft spot for Mexican so thought it’d be a great way to start our trip.
We decide for a lunch time service having heard how busy it can get during dinner time. And it was probably the best decision, ever.
Beer, Cider & LLB
We also meet one of his cousins which means more to try, woo hoo! It’s a monday but who cares, we deserve these drinks!
Totopos con guacamole & salsa $9
We start off with some freshly cooked, crunchy tortilla chips with a side of both refreshing guacamole and tasty salsa. It’s the perfect snack to accompany our beverages.
de Maíz $12 & de Carnitas Tostaditas $14
On the left we have sweetcorn, black beans, epazote, jalapeño salsa & queso fresco mini fried tortillas. They had so much flavour the boy didn’t even realise it was vegetarian :P
On the right we have slow braised pork shoulder, encurtidos, pickled jalapeño & chicharron. The pork was extremely tender and there was such a generous serve on top. The delicate pork rind on top was the icing to the cake.
de Pollo Tostaditas $14
Because the sweet corn and pork shoulder tostaditas weren’t enough, we also order the chargrilled chicken, avocado, 7 chipotle mayo & queso fresco. I think this was our favourite of them all. The simple flavours were clean and shone through beautifully.
Elotes callejeros $4,90
My weakness – street style chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayo & lime. Loved how there was plenty of cheese and the chipotle mayo & lime really took it to another level.
Torta ahogada (Guadalajaran-style ‘drowned’ roll) $12
The concept of this was interesting (it looked like a banh mi at first). A crusty roll with pulled pork, pickled onion & refried beans is ‘drowned’ in arbol tomato sauce. Sadly the bread had soaked too much of the arbol sauce and it just was rather unpleasant to eat. It also made me overlook the flavour of the pulled pork.
L to R: de Lengua y Cachete $6, de Pescado $6 & de Arrachera $6
Translated, we ordered (L to R) the braised ox tongue & cheek, pickled veg & ghost chilli mayo; grilled fish, lime, achiote paste, red onion salsa & chipotle mayo; and grilled flank steak, tomato frijole salsa & queso fresco. All were pretty tasty but the one that intrigued us the most was the ox tongue – never seen that in a taco before. Slightly chewy but still a joy to eat (and very messy since we had to portion it up – not ideal for sharing).
Pancita de cerdo $25
This was a last minute order to treat our guest. The guajillo-braised pork belly with habanero cream, fried parsley & lime really blew us away. Put the knives away and only bring out the fork. The sweet glazed pork was so incredibly tender and melt in your mouth, that you just wouldn’t believe. There were fireworks in our mouths! I could have easily eaten this whole plate plus another on my own. Can’t believe I had to share…
de Maíz $6
The boy saw these ice cream cones on several tables and he oh so sweetly ordered me one. Sweetcorn ice cream with caramel and popcorn. I have to be honest and say it does look better than it tastes. It was pretty average at most – the sweet corn didn’t shine through as much so thought it was just a caramel flavoured ice cream.
Great food and great company – couldn’t have asked for more. We definitely tried plenty of things from the menu, but there was lots more we missed out on. Definitely one of the better mexican places I’ve been to, so what a great start to the trip it was.
Level 1, 11 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 03000