Thursday, July 28, 2011

FINALLY! Also, nom

Remember back during the grand celebration of Kirsti-mas when we tried to go to Mamasita, which doesn't take bookings and we got there at 6.30pm and were told that we wouldn't get a table until 9.00pm? Oh, you DON'T remember every single thing I've ever mentioned in the past? Huh... ;)

Since that experience, I'd kind of forgotten about Mamasita. But then last weekend, I was arranging to meet up for lunch with my good friend Chelle, and suggested that we go to Salsa's for delicious Mexi-crinkle fries Mexican food. As her office is just around the corner from Mamasita, she suggested that perhaps we should go there and have some REAL Mexican food rather than eating at a food court. GENIUS!!

I figured that at lunchtime, the crowds might be less intense than they are in the evenings. And I thought I'd been proved correct when I got there at 11.58am and there were only four people waiting for the doors to open. But by about 12.10pm, the place was starting to fill up and by the time we got our food, it was absolutely packed.

So the moral of that little story? Try for lunch rather than dinner, and get there early either way.

Anyway, the food. It was INCREDIBLE. We started out with this:

Elotes callejeros, otherwise known as chargrilled corn on the cob covered in a chipotle mayonnaise and cheese. With the lime wedge squeezed over the top of it, it was to die for. Incredibly messy, (I think I probably hit three nearby tables with juice when I bit into the corn...) but to die for. I'm sure I came across pretty much this exact thing at a street stall in San Cristobal de las Casas in 2008 and was too much of a chicken to eat something so messy while walking down the street. I've always had a tinge of regret about not getting one in Mexico, so it was nice to finally rectify the situation!

After the corn, we moved on to the tostaditas.

They're just so CUTE! And despite being small, they were pretty filling. It's kind of hard to tell from the picture, but it's a little teeny tiny 5cm-ish fried tortilla, topped with avocado, roasted chicken, chipotle mayonnaise, and cheese. And it was delicious - the avocado perfectly balanced out the chipotle flavour, and the cheese just topped the whole thing off. The logistics of eating them were somewhat troublesome though - do you attempt to shove the whole thing in your mouth at once, or do you bite it in half and risk having the other half of the tortilla crumble and dump the whole thing in your lap? #dilemmastoogreatforaMonday

I'm so glad I was able to finally go (after the immense disappointment of April's attempted visit), and I'm definitely going to go back and try a ton of other stuff on the menu. Because it all sounds amazing. Not to mention, authentic Mexican rather than Tex-Mex - OMG EXCITEMENT!

Has anyone else been to Mamasita? What did you think?

K xx

6 comments:

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  2. I've been wanting to go to mamasitas for months now because I heard it's 100% gluten free??

    Thanks for the tips on getting there early. I'd have been SOOOO disappointed if I'd showed up and didn't get in when I wanted to.

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  3. What the hell is this. I live on the freaking BORDER with Mexico, and we don't get pretty food like this. We still get Tex-Mex. I want an explanation. (Though, if you go to the small ghetto-looking places, it's always amazing food. So I'm just being complaint-filled.)

    This looks amazing, though. I want it. Now.

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  4. Sara - this is what happens when you go back to the UK! ;)
    Deidre - yup, everything on the menu is (or can be made) gluten free! My mum was insanely excited when she found out.
    Nikki - awwwwwwwww!! Clearly, you should just come and live in Melbourne ;)

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