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:
Would I go again? Yes.
Sometimes, there’s no explaining what the tummy wants.
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