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Mamasita Melbourne – 99% gluten free!

Mamasita is a very popular Mexican restaurant at the ‘Paris’ end of the Melbourne CBD, just down from Parliament.   On their website they describe themselves as Melbourne’s first proper taqueria (ie taco shop), but it is a lot more than that!

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The first two things you need to know about Mamasita is that:

  1. in the evening you will probably have to queue
  2. the menu is nearly 100% gluten free with just ice-cream cones not being gluten free.  (They used to have some non gluten free dishes, but this changed in 2019 to just be the cones.)

The restaurant has a buzzy, casual feel and usually has a mixture of groups and couples.

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Most of the dishes are designed to share, with a variety of tostadas, tacos, quesadillas as well as some salads and larger main meals.  For most categories, there is at least one vegetarian option.

I think my favourite dish is the street style corn which has a dusting of cheese and chipotle mayo with lime.  Yum, yum, yum!

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You get four tostadas (topped tortilla chips) per serve (from $12-15) and below is the blackened chicken and the duck.  Both were tasty with a nice mix of flavours.

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There are two quesadilla options, and my friend and I really enjoyed the cheese and mushroom one below ($6).

There are a variety of side dishes to choose from (I love the fried potatoes), as well as desserts.

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I haven’t tried the desserts, which include some ‘liquid’ alcoholic desserts!  You can of course get a large variety of tequila and other drinks, and there is a bar you can sit at to wait for your table when you get to the front of the queue.

Despite living in the UK for many years where queuing is a national pastime, I hate to queue and prefer to book somewhere and know I have a table.  However, as Mamasita do good gluten free food I don’t mind a short wait, so I just make sure I go early and avoid the queues.  You can also check the size of the queue on their webcam before you head over.  As there is normally a queue down the stairs, obviously most Melburnians are happy to wait!

Level 1, 100 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria 3000

Lunch Thurs/Fri/Sat from midday, Dinner 7 days 6pm until late

03 9650 3821  (Check reservations policy – only groups over 8 can reserve a table in evenings)

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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