Review: Mamasita @ Melbourne CBD

Review: Mamasita @ Melbourne CBD


The mere mention of that name brings up yet another word to mind : Queues.

Very long ones.

All my attempts at getting into Mamasita have been foiled by the crazy long queues and to be quite honest, no matter how good a restaurant was, I wasn’t about to wait 2 hours on a rumbling stomach for it. But one day I made a special attempt. I got there for lunch, right as they opened for business. And was it worth the hype, the queues and most importantly, the special trip?

I have been very uninspired to write this post. Perhaps it is largely due to the fact that I took very uninspiring photos of the food. The lighting wasn’t the best, and a better photographer than me could have done a better job. So I’m sorry if these photos are unappealing… that’s because they are! But how bout the food?

The soft-shelled tacos (Tacos de Resy Chorizo) were good. Very flavourful, moist and made even better by the bottles of habanero sauces that were on every table. My main complaint is that it was quite small. Perhaps I’m too greedy?

The quesadillas (Quesadilla de Huitlacoche) were nice but not very memorable. The flavours were present but a tad muted. Not very memorable at all.

The photo above will be the peak of all my uninspiring photos. I couldn’t get it to not look like a shapeless black pile, so I’m going to put you out of your misery and tell you that it was a Roasted lamb with red chilli adobo sauce, preserved jalapeno and mint which was memorable. But for all the wrong reasons. It was quite the disappointment and we actually regretted our choice. The piece of lamb was really small so I wasn’t quite sure what exactly the 26 dollars price tag was paying for, and it didn’t taste amazing either. Quite plain and lacking in dazzle.

If I had left Mamasita at this point, I wouldn’t have ever wanted to return. So far the food had been either alright or disappointing. No stars, no dazzle and no fireworks going off in my head had happened over the course of our meal. Especially because Mamasita isn’t exactly priced to be your cheap eats local joint either, I was definitely expecting a lot more than that. Should have ordered the corn on the cob tasting plate!

But as luck would have it, we ordered dessert. Two different desserts to share, and believe it or not, I do think that if only for the desserts alone, I will come back to Mamasita.

The Chocolate and Chilli Pudding with Chocolate and Cinnamon Sorbet was the star of the day. Rich chocolatey flavours, an oozey and gooey middle, not to mention the tiny sparks that were caused by the chilli. Mild but strong enough to remind you that it’s there… it all worked beautifully together and every bite was a luxurious and decadent affair. If there wasn’t that 2 hour queue every night, I’d be stopping by for dessert every chance I got. Just to eat this. Heaven on a plate!

The Coconut flan with prune syrup and sesame brittle wasn’t the star. Quite frankly, we really should have tried it before we tried the chocolate pudding, but since we didn’t, I don’t think we gave the coconut flan a fair go. After the orgasmic experience from the chocolate pudding, the coconut flan was rather plain. But again, this is of our own doing. We had a mild flavoured dessert and a strong flavoured dessert, and we went for the strong one first, so it’s our own fault that the coconut flan wasn’t given a chance to show its full potential.

All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon lunch. Again? Yes, if only because I’d like to try the corn on the cob and a few other dishes. Oh and to have more of that chocolate pudding. YUM!

And to address the questions people seem to have when it comes to Mamasita:

Overrated? Yes
Overhyped? Yes
Overpriced? Yes

Would I go again? Yes.

Sometimes, there’s no explaining what the tummy wants.


(03) 9650 3821
Level 1, 11 Collins St
Melbourne, 3000
Web: Mamasita

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  2. I must say that the choc/chilli pudding looks divine!!! But I am biased with that winning flavour combination :)
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..A winning way to use homemade apple butter =-.

  3. Hahaha.. I kind of agree with what you said…. but that chocolate pudding.. you said it sista!
    .-= msihua´s last blog ..International Incident Salt Party – Fleur De Sel Caramel Sneakers =-.

  4. haha, the desserts saved the day! don’t you just hate it when photos don’t do justice to the food, sigh. Damn, and i was really wanting to try out mamasita. =(
    .-= Allan´s last blog ..Spice Temple =-.

  5. i’m wondering where in Sydney I could get some seriously good mexican. i liked your comment Overrated? Yes Overhyped? Yes Overpriced? Yes hehe sometimes you just have to do it :-)

  6. I know what you mean about the queues Celeste, it puts you off, but remember, usually queues mean the place is good.
    .-= My Restaurants Melbourne´s last blog ..Stephane le Grand- chef from Balgownie and Oyster recipe =-.

  7. hehe ive been wanting to go there at lunch since its closeby! ive heard the term ‘overrated’ used a few times by colleagues too :P
    .-= Vivienne´s last blog ..Japanese Sweet Potato Cake =-.

  8. I was kinda happy with my experience, though.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Simply Cooking- Healthy Don =-.

  9. your photos are very appealing… I would like to lick my screen and taste them all for lunch :P

  10. I have never been to Mamasita myself, but have heard rave reviews as well as people saying it is overrated. I really like the photos of the tacos! Maybe I’ll give it a go when a Mexican craving strikes (but I’ll make sure Im early or willing to queue!!)
    Heidi xo
    .-= Heidi – Apples Under My Bed´s last blog ..Our 65km Walk =-.

  11. I’m so conflicted by this review! My brain says it’s not worth visiting but my tummy is trying to argue with it. Oh well, it’s not like I’m going to get the chance any time soon anyway!
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..Paella Pizza makes its Crusty debut =-.

  12. That’s interesting – on my visit I very much enjoyed it and didn’t think it was overpriced. But I did go before it went nuts. I like the look of the chocolate cake though – tummy’s rumbling!
    .-= Jetsetting Joyce (MEL: HOT OR NOT)´s last blog ..HOT- Blok M- 380 Little Bourke St- Melbourne =-.

  13. Will be in Melbourne this weekend for a wedding and wondering what food to check out, having not been to the fair city for over a year. Have heard some good things but also some mediocre things about Mamasita, so may give a miss for now.
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Playing tourist in your own city &amp Bakers Delight winners =-.

  14. Oooh, I haven’t been able to go to Mamasita’s for a while, but it does look like they’ve amped up the desserts! The chocolate and chilli pudding is SO yummy looking! :) And your photos do look tasty, don’t worry! ;)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Colonel Tans =-.

  15. Having lived in Mexico I’m always on the search for good Mexican as opposed to Tex-Mex and Mamacitas makes my list. We enjoyed our meal there a lot – and the drinks (now they are def not cheap). Tho’ I would only go when I can avoid the queues ‘cos nothing is that good!
    The serves are not huge – so you can try diff things in one meal, (which is more typically mexican ), but does make it more expensive. Def on my go for a treat list…

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