|The famous Mamasita corn – is this Melbourne’s best Mexican?|
My first visit to Mamasita was to celebrate my friend Joyce’s birthday and being the Melbourne eating and drinking guru she is, Joyce had cleverly booked the banquet table. I have to admit to a slight moment of schadenfreude marching up the stairs past the crowds of people queuing and walking straight to the banquet table. We went for the cheapest banquet at $45 a head which was more than enough food and included many of Mamasita’s greatest hits including the legendary “street style” corn on the cob ($4.90). The corn is char grilled giving it a smoky sweetness and then served with a smear of chipotle mayo, slowly melting queso and a squeeze of lime to add a bit of tang. It’s everything you could ever wish for on the end of one handy stick.
|Tostadas at Mamasita|
For my second visit to Mamasita I tried the lunchtime tactic and so endured only a 15 minute wait where my friend Carly and I stood at the bar with a glass of rosé while we waited for a table which is certainly a very civilised way to spend 15 minutes. Mamasita’s tostaditas make a great starter, little crispy discs topped with silky slow braised pork shoulder along with encurtidos and a hit of heat from the pickled jalapeño ($14).
|Chicken and fish taco at Mamasita|
The tacos at Mamasita are also top notch. The best is probably the fish taco ($6) as the fish is grilled and dusted with spice to make it a fiery red colour then served in a soft tortilla with achiote paste. The chicken taco ($6) is not quite as flavoursome with a bit of kick delivered to the chargrilled chicken ($6) with the addition of a poblano tamarinnd and chipotle salsa.
So there you go, a fool proof guide to getting in to Mamasita without having to queue for hours. I’m so taken with skipping the queues that I’ve already booked the banquet table again for next week.