Mamasita, Josie Bones, Ombra & Tonka @ Melbourne
April 16, 2016
One of Melbourne's first authentic Mexican restaurants and still its most revered - the staggering popularity of this first-floor eatery is underscored by the long line of patrons who patiently stand on a stairway every evening, sometimes for up to an hour, awaiting a table at Mamasita, which declines to accept reservations for groups of fewer than eight people. Once inside, expect a boisterous setting where everybody appears to be talking simultaneously at the top of their voices while munching on moreish platters of tacos topped with braised ox tongue, pickled vegetables and spicy Ghost Pepper mayonnaise. Don't leave without sampling the ceviche, with raw cobia fish piquantly marinated in lime, chilli, mint, green tomatoes and coconut milk.
Also well worth checking out for an evening out on the town: Josie Bones for offal fare like leek & bone marrow croquettes & sweetbread nuggets with tartare sauce, washed down with Victoria's own Lucinda Estate Pinot Noir (Macedon) ...
... as well as Ombra for salumi & cichchetti & Tonka for a nightcap of alcoholic lassi, with rum, mango, yoghurt & pistachios.
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