Mamasita, Collins St

Finding a table at Mamasita is notoriously difficult unless you arrive well before 6 o’clock, but it’s definitely worth the wait. I recently took my own advice and arrived early and was able to secure two seats at the bar. Dining at the bar is usually one of the best places to be, you have an impressive view of the inner workings of the bar or kitchen as well as better service than everyone else. After succumbing to the appeal of various tequilas and tequila based cocktails, I tried a Mexican beer and proceeded to order dinner.

Firstly I’ll start off with the fact that you cannot visit Mamasita without ordering the Elotes callejeros: street style, char-grilled corn, with queso, chipotle mayonnaise & lime – simply the best snack in town. During my two visits to Mamasita I have tried a bit of just about everything except for the ‘food for the family’ plates, which look tasty but more suited to a larger group.

The menu is more or less tapas, sharing style, so I recommend you try as many plates as your party size will allow. The tostaditas are probably one of the least exciting things on the Mamasita menu, but are still worth a try, if just to confirm that you don’t like them as I did. Braised Pork tacos are some of the best of the various taco offerings, with a moist sweetness complementing the braised pork, quite a moreish dish.

I tried the chicken quesadillas, the obvious choice after being denied the Cheese and chilli by a certain adventurous eater. The ceviche, whilst not for me, would no doubt provide a nice refresher between courses for someone with more of a cold fish persuasion and the ensaladas, I’ve been told are quite good by those with vegetarian tendencies.

Now to the best part – dessert or postres. I had a pumpkin mousse with some sort of black bean biscuit. The mousse was a nice pleasant combination of sweet, savoury and the pumpkin flavour came out in an interesting way. It was substantially better than I could’ve previously imagined a pumpkin mousse tasting. It was hard to see what the chefs were going for with the biscuit but it smelt of beans and wasn’t tasty or sweet and overcame the mousse.

Don’t go. Try it. Must go.

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