When A and I were in Perth, we were spoiled for excellent Mexican food options. Our favourites were El Compa and La Cholita and A and I would frequently head to either of these establishments for Mexican. Canberra, on the other hand, has very little Mexican options so when we headed to Melbourne a few months ago, we decided to hunt out a popular Mexican eatery.
A and I had high expectations for Mamasita after reading rave reviews. We aimed to get to Mamasita a little earlier than we would normally eat, just to avoid the infamous queue that stretches down the stairs and out onto the pavement. This paid off, as we were seated straight away at the bar.
We both started with the elote callejero ($4.90 each) – “Street Style” chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayo and lime. I loved that the various elements were all savoury and the sweetness of the corn was paired perfectly.
I can’t go past ordering tortilla chips and guacamole on a menu, as each Mexican restaurant have their own method for guacamole. Mamasita’s ‘totopos’ (similar to tortilla chips) with guacamole and salsa ($9) was an excellent entrée, with the highlight being the salty and crisp totopos.
A and I ordered a serving of the Tacos de Camarones ($7), made with marinated prawns, red chilli and chipotle almond salsa. The flavour combination of the salsa and prawns was delicious, but I would’ve preferred a little more chilli as it was unnoticeable within the taco.
The Quesadilla de Huitlacoche ($14) was a little dry on the outside but I loved that it came with additional toppings. The filling consisted of huitlacoche (a Mexican food delicacy), queso criollo (a Mexican cheese), mushrooms, corn, epazote (a Mexican herb) and was topped with pico de gallo (tomato salsa) and queso fresco (fresh cheese).
I love that Mamasita has a variety of salsas available, including salsa roja, chipotle almond salsa, and ghost chilli mayo to add extra flavour and spice.
I loved the menu at Mamasita and think they’ve done a great job in regards to the ambience of the venue. However, the food itself wasn’t as satisfying as what we have been spoiled with in Perth, plus the service on the night was dismal – with the waitstaff and barstaff ignoring us, even though we were seated at the bar.
Even so, I’d still recommend a visit as I loved the atmosphere and menu.