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Trippy Taco, Collingwood

31 May

Highlight – Trippy fries!

Lowlight – Beans and more beans

Tofu asada burrito - Flour tortilla wrap filled with spicy chargrilled tofu, mozzarella, goats cheese, salad, salsa, avocado, fresh lime

Tofu asada burrito – flour tortilla wrap filled with spicy chargrilled tofu, mozzarella, goats cheese, salad, salsa, avocado, fresh lime

Quesadilla with black beans

Quesadilla with black beans

FOOD?

We were shopping along Smith Street on Saturday and just before lunch I had a browse on Urbanspoon and came across Trippy Taco on Gertrude.

We chose a dish each, shared a bowl of french fries and ginger beer. I highly recommend the Trippy fries with paprika seasoning and freshly squeezed lime juice. It has a strong resemblance to the El Maco shaker fries from McDonald’s.

Trippy fries - french fries with Trippy's yummy seasoning

Trippy fries – french fries with Trippy’s yummy seasoning

The food came out quickly, fresh and hot on the plate. To be honest both the quesadilla and the burrito had very similar fillings. The former was just more mushy, not in a bad way though. Lots of mozzarella, some veggies, avocado, salsa, and beans, beans, beans! I would have preferred more tomato salsa to cut through all the starch but the fries helped to break up the flavour of the meal.

My fiancé  is very much a meat-eater and it was much to our surprise that a vegetarian meal could fill him up. I don’t think he’s ever NOT finished his meal until this time. Although he attributes this to the never-ending amount of beans.

I am keen to try the nachos and tacos upon my next visit. Too bad it’s not closer to home for me as we don’t have many decent Mexican restaurants in our area.

SERVICE?

Staff were super friendly and helped when we made our menu choices. Customers order at the counter and collect utensils themselves. There is also a variety of additional sauces available.

AMBIENCE?

Relaxed atmosphere with the restaurant less than half full during lunchtime on a Saturday. Even though the venue was small it did not feel cramped. Bar stools are placed along the windows facing outwards allowing for ‘people watching’ whilst enjoying your meal.

VALUE?

Really great value for money with most items on the menu around the $10 mark. My partner recently visited Mamasita and was scarred by the miniscule portion sizes. When we visited Trippy Taco he asked the waitress if one burrito was enough and even though she said it would be plenty he was reluctant to believe her!

BOOKINGS?

Unfortunately they do not take bookings but takeaway is available and quite popular with locals

7

out of 10!

Trippy Taco
234 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
03 9415 7711 

Trippy Taco on Urbanspoon

Mamasita, Melbourne

5 Dec

Highlight – The ever so popular corn on a stick

Lowlight – Waiting an hour for our table

Elotes callejeros - “street style” chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayonnaise & lime

Elotes callejeros - “street style” chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayonnaise & lime

de Cangrejo - crab meat, avocado, cucumber, tamarind mayonnaise & red chilli tostaditas

de Cangrejo - crab meat, avocado, cucumber, tamarind mayonnaise & red chilli tostaditas

Filete de cerdo con tamarindo - pork fillet, tamarind chipotle glaze, braised cabbage, cranberries & apple pico de gallo

Filete de cerdo con tamarindo - pork fillet, tamarind chipotle glaze, braised cabbage, cranberries & apple pico de gallo

Frituras de manzana - apple fritters, vanilla pear sorbet

Frituras de manzana - apple fritters, vanilla pear sorbet

FOOD?

My favourite dish was the chargrilled corn dusted with seasoning and melted cheese. The seasoning reminded me of the limited edition McDonald’s shaker fries that come with the Mexican inspired El maco meal. It’s definitely the dish to try when visiting Mamasita.

There is an array of tortilla toppings to choose from. We chose the juicy crab meat with avocado, tamarind, mayo and red chilli to start. The first tortilla I bit into must have had a piece of chilli in it as both my mouth and upper lip felt like it was on fire! This burning sensation lasted throughout the night and I couldn’t really taste the next tortilla which consisted of chorizo, cabbage, coriander and onion.

For our main, we had the pork fillet with tamarind chipotle glaze, braised cabbage and apple pico de gallo sprinkled with cranberries. It was a unique combination of flavours – that didn’t seem quite Mexican – yet it managed to fill us up after our light starters.

To finish we enjoyed deep fried apple fritters topped with a scoop of vanilla pear sorbet. The dish wasn’t as oily as I was expecting and the sorbet complemented the fritters.

SERVICE?

Staff were welcoming and friendly. From my observations, they managed the never-ending queue with an effective process in place. Wait staff were knowledgeable of the menu and kindly made suggestions of the more popular items. However, due to the constant bustle of the restaurant it was difficult to catch someone’s attention when we required service.

AMBIENCE?

Mamasita’s popularity is astounding and is evident in the fact that people are willing to wait hours just to get into the restaurant. Noise levels are high due to voices competing against each other in order to be heard.

VALUE?

Overpriced Mexican-style food which so many customers are willing to pay for.

BOOKINGS?

Unfortunately Mamasita does not take bookings unless you have a group between 8 and 10 people. Everyone else has to wait patiently on the staircase.

I came here with my best friend on a Tuesday night at around 6pm. We were informed there would be a 15 minute wait on the stairs and then an additional 15 minutes at the bar before a table would be free. This didn’t sound so bad at the time however it ended up being a one hour wait. Adding to this, there wasn’t any space at the bar so we ended up standing awkwardly in the middle of the walkway with our drinks. So be prepared as the wait time estimates they give you may not be so accurate.

7

out of 10!

Mamasita
Level 1/11 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9650 3821

Mamasita on Urbanspoon

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