I'm a really slow blogger, if you don't know this by now. Most of my meals that I blog about would've taken place about 3 - 6 months ago. Any of you like that too? But, what I do is that IMMEDIATELY after I get home from eating at a restaurant, I would write up a very rough but detailed draft of my meal there. Then, I'll only take it out to polish it later on when it's time to blog about it. That way, I wouldn't have to crack my brain to try and remember what it was like because everything had been documented already.
So, I came and dined at Mamasita a couple of moons ago with Bryan (aka Fatboo) and Jo (aka Fakegf). Neither of us had tried this place before so we were quite excited. And what I love about dining with these guys is that they always make me feel SO comfortable (and less like an idiot) for taking as much time as I need to take my food photos. Plus, they're such lovely people to dine with, seriously!
Another thing I remembered distinctly about our meal there was how DIFFICULT the lighting was for us that day!! We had a big window just above us and it was difficult because it kept shining very harsh, direct light onto only certain parts of our table. So, it was very hard to find a balance because half the dish would be overexposed and the other would be under. Bah!! Then, just when we thought we had gotten the hang of it, a cloud would come and cast its shadows and we're back to square one again. Ughhhh... Natural light is good, but only when it's controlled.
ANYHOO, here's a recap of our meal =D
Bryan's Margarita -- $17.00
Elotes Callejeros -- $4.90
("Street Style" chargrilled corn, queso, chipotle mayo and lime)
My friend S made me promise I would order this because he was raving on and on about it, so I did. Let me just say, chipotle and lime is such an UNBEATABLE combo, seriously. And you get the deeper smokiness from chipotle as opposed to regular smoked paprika. Corn was buttery grilled all the way through and was super tender and bursting from each bite. Sprinkled with a tiny bit of cheese and SET.
Though, $5 for a small corn on a cob, hmmm... Maybe just once but prolly not after this haha
Little salsa verde on the side... Mmmm
Next, we each ordered a side of tacos but gave each other a taste, which is always fun to do ;p
Taco de Moronga -- $6.00
(Grilled black pudding, jalapeño herb mayo & apple)
Liked this a lot. Flavour of the black pudding wasn't as intense as I'd normally prefer it to be, but still quite nice overall. Slight crispiness on the outside too
Taco de Berenjena -- $5.00
(Eggplant, zucchini, huitlacoche & guacamole)
Sauce was great. Very moist taco to eat but I liked it
Taco de Lengua y Cachete -- $6.00
(Braised ox tongue & cheek, pickled veg & ghost chilli mayo)
*DING DING DING*! Winner of the tacos! The strands of meat was moist, but still really, really crispy! Glad that this wasn't a saucy dish because it was just nice with the salsa verde, yum. Really delish, this one
Ceviche de Veracruz -- $15.00
(Snapper, tomato, olive, green chilli, lime & coriander)
Another awesome lime combo would have to be chilli and lime. Actually, come to think of it, lime goes with a lot of things. I especially like em in my papaya/paw paw, Ribena, etc etc.
Beautiful. Just, lovely.
ANYWAY, this ceviche was AWESOME!! I thought the size of the fish was just right (in little cubes) for it to be cooked all the way through by the acid. But the flavours were fantastic. Fresh, vibrant and almost dancing off my palates. Think it's prolly my favourite ceviche to date.
Mole negro con pollo -- $24.00
(Black mole with raised right confit chicken maryland)
First of all, this dish tastes nothing like the smell, it was interesting. AND, it kinda looked like a Chinese dish cause of the sesame seeds, chilli and coriander LOL
First time eating mole, actually. And omg this dish got super messy to eat after a while. The spices seemed almost Moroccan, but had a deeper and slightly darker (bitter) aftertaste. Sauce was quite addictive, it tasted very peculiar, but in a good way and I couldn't help but keep taking one scoop after another.
As I said, messy but addictive!
Flautas dulces de calabaza -- $12.00
(Blue corn flautas, pumpkin mousse & praline)
Blue corn chips...?! That's right. Something I've only seen on TV but didn't get a chance to try until now. Deep fried too. WIN! It's great because it wasn't as sweet as expected, seeing as there's condensed milk and praline.
The pumpkin mousse was smooth, creamy and subtle in flavour, which made it nice to eat with everything else on the plate. Plus, it just looked great on the plate. We liked this too!
Piña a la parilla -- $10.00
(Grilled pineapple, lemon chilli sorbet, orange piquin syrup & coconut)
I... Thought this dessert was just okay, nothing particularly exciting. I actually had something similar to the lemon chilli sorbet as a dare once, which was ice blended lime juice with chillies, so maybe that's why.
Also, it might've been hard for them to get sweeter, fresher pineapples (as these were quite bland) cause it's not in season, but it's not their fault.
Overall, quite an enjoyable meal at Mamasita. I liked tasting the variety of food on the menu and would definitely come back to taste more. Was also decent place to chill for a looong (2 hour) lunch on a nice, pleasant afternoon.
Service staff were cool and laid back, whilst maintaining a level of professionalism. My favourite kind of service. Robot staff are the worst. To me, this played a part in making the meal more enjoyable. Maybe cause it wasn't busy when we went, hmmm... After hearing all the horror stories about long queues and rushed service, I feel fortunate for not having experienced that myself.
So, I guess when it comes to eating at a popular restaurant like Mamasita, best to head there for a late lunch on a weekday when it's less busy, if you can =)
If you like, you can also check out Bryan's awesome post on Mamasita: here
(his photos turned out waaay better than mine so do chekkitout! ;p)
Oh, oh and alsooo... My next post (which will be up in a few days) is going to be a GIVEAWAY, so do stay tuned...!! =]