No-one can deny that there is a huge amount of fuss about Mamasita. Does it live up to the hype? Not exactly. Not wishing to spend 20 minutes waiting for a table, I'd organised a group visit (8-10 people) for a Wednesday night almost a month in advance, ordering the $55 pax banquet menu. I felt rather gleeful walking past the very long line up the stairs to the first-floor restaurant.
We were immediately hit by a wave of noise. I'll warn you now, this place is loud and busy (perhaps expected) and not the place for intimate conversation. Shouting across the table seemed to get the conversation going though. It wasn't too long before we were stuffing our faces with food though. First up, perhaps the best corn you've ever tasted.
|Street Style Chargrilled Corn|
Next to arrive were the Tostadita boards, consisted of tiny round corn tortillas, fried in the oil with a variety of toppings.
Next up, more street-style food, the easily recognisable tacos and quesadillas.
|Mains: Chickpea Patties with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato|
So, after a rather disappointing main course, we were served the dessert of ice-cream and flourless chocolate cake.
|Ice-Cream with Caramelised Popcorn|
The flourless chocolate cake was pretty damn good though and perfectly light.
|Flourless Chocolate Cake|
As for drinks, Mamasita keeps with the theme by offering a large range of tequilas, Mexican beers, and the curious concoction known as the Michelada consisting of beer, lime juice, tomato juice.
All-in-all, overhyped. I've been told there are better Mexican restaurants down St Kilda way, but I'll only be able to back that up when I go and try them out myself.
Level 1, 11 Collins, Melbourne
Mon-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu 12pm-1230am, Fri 12pm-2am