Mamasita is one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne, which serves amazing Mexican food and tapas. However, even though the prices may seem affordable on the menu, chances are, you’ll probably buy a lot of dishes if you want to be full. Nonetheless, all of the dishes that I’ve tried at Mamasita (albeit not many) weren’t just mediocre, but all pretty good. It gets crowded really quickly, especially for dinnertime and weekends (since it has a bar), so remember to get there early. The first time I went to Mamasita, I didn’t realize the entrance was actually the little door right beside the 7-11 across the Collins St/Parliament tram station so I ended up missing it. The second time, I got there only 30 minutes after it opened and it was already crowded – I suppose it’s not considered one of the most famous restaurants around for nothing.
– General Review –
- Service: 8.5/10
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lunch time was a lot less crowded compared to dinner, so in case you can’t make a reservation, come earlier unless you’re willing to wait. Also accepts both cash and eftpos. You’ll have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant though, so I don’t think it’s very accessible for everyone.
- Servicescape: 8.5/10
Mamasita was a medium to large-sized, bright, and airy restaurant. It was decorated simply and minimally, but still classy and comfortable. With a bar available (hence why it’s always so packed at night), Mamasita is typically very loud and busy, and also caters more towards the young adults and adults demographic. Although most of the customers I saw here came in pairs or small groups, there were several booths that can seat larger groups of people (up to 8-10 if you make a reservation). Although Mamasita was a great place to go to with friends and family, it was loud and not very ideal for quiet conversations.
- Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian dishes available.
- Price range: $$ (AU$6 – $20 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.6/10
– Food Experience –
1) Elote Callejero – Cob:
One of the highly recommended dishes in Mamasita, the chargrilled corn on the cob was incredibly juicy and sweet, topped with queso, chipotle mayo, and lime. The corn was still warm when it was served, so eat with care, and eating it can be a little messy as well. It had great combination of flavors, so for those who’d like to try the appetizers, the corn on the cob makes an excellent choice.
2) Quesadilla de Pollo:
I loved the quesadilla! The wheat tortilla was filled with chicken, corn, chipotle, Mexican cheese, coriander and spring onion. A perfect balance of saltiness and sweetness, the dish’s only flaw was that it only came in four pieces. Also, it’s one of the lunch specials, so I’m not sure if the restaurant serves it in the evening.
3) Taco de Puerco & de Pescado:
The tacos were also a delight, although I personally preferred the pork over the fish. It’s supposedly pig’s cheek (super tender, sweet, and sour), with apple and white cabbage. The fish was really fresh and well-cooked without being too dry, and the taco was complete with red onion salsa, lime, and chipotle mayo. I thought the restaurant could be more generous with the portion though, since it’s pretty pricey for the size we’re given.
Contact number: +61 3 9650 3821
Operating hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 12.30pm – 1am
Sun: 12.30pm – 10pm
Posted by: V