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No Mexican in Melbourne

cocoon Jun 24, 2007 11:12 PM

I'm new to Melbourne and i can't seem to find any Mexican restaurants.

No one seems to be able to help me out either.

Any ideas?


  1. f
    f2tai Sep 5, 2010 04:36 PM

    Just to chime in on this, not sure if you're looking for a tex/mex burrito joint but these two hit the spot for that:

    > High Tech Burrito in Hawthorn [http://www.hightechburrito.com.au/
    ]> Mad Mex in Prahran/Windsor [http://www.madmex.com.au/


    Or Salsa's in the city if you're really hard up for a burrito isn't bad...

    1. t
      tawni wold Aug 21, 2010 04:55 AM

      PS: Does anyone know where I might be able to find some Masa to make tamales at home?!

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      1. re: tawni wold
        mr_gimlet Aug 21, 2010 06:19 AM

        try Casa Iberica on Johnston Street in Fitzroy

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        Lyndamg Aug 11, 2010 12:25 AM

        I live on the Mornington Peninsula. I notice that this topic was posted a few years ago, so my reply may not be helpful....??? Baha in Rye is a good spot & I also seem to recall going to a nice Mexican in Frankston some years ago. Guess it depends where you live. I want to make some authentic mex food too.....so is Masa Harina available in my area? OR....real corn tortillas? Just received some from a friend in Canada...but can't keep relying on that! Am a bit tired of Ol el Peso.....am prepared to make my own tortillas, as long as they are authentic.....but wouldn't mind "ready made" if easy to buy! I reckon Mexican food is very popular here...so hopefully, things have improved re supplies.

        1. janielou62 Jun 24, 2010 09:53 PM

          Are you new to Melbourne from the USA, because if you are i can appreciate your dilema. I have yet to find a good Mexican restaurant anywhere in Australia so far. I spend 10 years living in the USA enjoying the strong hispanic influences in cuisine which I fell in love with. I remember when I came back after 10 years and went looking for cilantro and was met with a puzzled look. I remember saying to people "how can you not know cilantro". Anyway it wasn't long before I realized that cilantro in 'OZ' was in fact called coriander. Unfortunately Australia desperately needs some spanish infuence to change the "montezuma" or "texmex" palletes of Australians. Not our fault, just need more mexicans (-:

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          1. re: janielou62
            Lyndamg Aug 11, 2010 12:40 AM

            Cilantro/coriander.....it's here in Aus! The palettes will taste it the same.....

          2. m
            mjcrowe Apr 7, 2010 11:20 AM

            Okay, this is a really old link.... my since newly "discovering" CHOW.com, I'm making up for lost time.
            Agreed, Melbourne lacks in Mexican. Don't bother with the franchise Taco Bill, it's greasy and gross. After long dilberation, and many nights out I'd have to say hands down your best bet is at Fiesta, South Yarra. It's on Toorak Road. This place is the best if you're looking for a hearty meal.


            Alternatively, If you are looking for a lunch... the BEST burrito (and it's vegetarian) I've ever tried is from Trippy Taco, on Smith St in East Melbourne (or maybe its Collingwood border?). Either way, simple, fresh, solid menu.

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            1. re: mjcrowe
              kersizm Apr 7, 2010 02:34 PM

              Anyone been to Mamasita on Collins Street yet?


              I'm going to try and get there this weekend.

              1. re: kersizm
                mr_gimlet Apr 8, 2010 01:06 AM

                Popped in briefly a week or so ago, but didn't have long there - seemed a bit overhyped to me but I think it is settling down

                1. re: kersizm
                  solstice1119 Apr 18, 2010 08:56 PM

                  I have been to mamasita's for the first of what will be many more meals there. Cactus tacos were stellar. homemade pico de gallo - YUM. I lived in colorado for 9 years, melbourne for 3. not only is mamasitas the best mexican I've had in australia, so far it is on par with some of the best in colorado.

                  They hype is worth it - this is authentic stuff folks. Great review here:

                  1. re: solstice1119
                    janielou62 Jun 24, 2010 10:01 PM

                    Have just posted a reply to the original post without scrolling down and reading yours and I must say it's a welcome relief to know that Australia does have some credible mexican restaurants to promote. I also lived in the USA (10 years) in Tuscon and Las Vegas and fell in love with mexican food but haven't found a decent restaurant back home other than the tex-mex style of 'Montezuma'. When next in Melbourne will have to check out Mamasita's.

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                Chocolate Eddie Nov 7, 2007 09:05 PM

                I am not a huge fan of Mexican food, but I have been to Los Amates it was OK... I wouldn't go back for the food (but as I said I'm not a fan of Mexican). The frozen margaritas were yummy.No-one has mentioned Blue Corn in St Kilda...Lots of people really like it...

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                1. re: Chocolate Eddie
                  sandra in australia Nov 10, 2007 02:32 AM

                  Blue Corn is Tex-Mex, and this thread was more about Mexican...

                  Can I just ask? If you're not a huge fan of Mexican, why go? I'm not a huge fan of Indian food, and I avoid Indian restos...

                  1. re: sandra in australia
                    kmh Nov 16, 2007 10:39 AM

                    sandra, did you see the article on "mexican" food in this weeks good living?

                    1. re: kmh
                      sandra in australia Nov 17, 2007 03:05 AM

                      NO! I missed it... is it still around somewhere? Do you have a copy?

                      1. re: sandra in australia
                        kmh Nov 18, 2007 08:00 AM

                        i didn't but have just found it on the website:

                        1. re: kmh
                          sandra in australia Nov 18, 2007 04:45 PM

                          Thanks kmh - now I'm on a mission to try them all! I tried Veracriuz and it was allright, very fusion'y...

                          Have you tried any of them?

                          1. re: sandra in australia
                            kmh Nov 19, 2007 11:55 AM

                            i am no authority on mexican food at all; after living in the USA mexican in australia lost all appeal to me.

                            I have been to guzman y gomez in newtown and quite enjoy it. it is a lot lighter and fresher than the usual slop - char grilled, black beans, and really tasty salsas to boot. the first time i went the staff were very knowledgable and able to discuss which salsas were best with what, but on another occasion the person behind the counter was not as "involved" with the food.

                            whether it is authentic or not seems up for debate by some, but it is getting quite a following and even has a facebook group!

                            newtons cocina is mentioned and I have looked at it, but never been - i think i just got sick of the disappointment (sounds pathetic i know).
                            I have not been to vera cruz for years but recall it being a lovely evening.

                            philosophically speaking, I think that in Australia we are largely under-aware of central and south america and tend to just group it all under one heading when of course, it is not. I know there are substantial populations of argentinians, chileans in australia, but culinary speaking, we don't see a great deal of evidence of it.

                            sorry I am not of more help. I have my finger on the pulse of things but mexican is just something I have bowed out of until someone comes to me and says "WOW you really have to try this!"
                            I await your announcement keenly!!!

                            1. re: kmh
                              evanstyle Apr 4, 2010 04:24 AM

                              My aunt has a place in Geelong called Mexicali Mama, and it is apparently very good. i haven't been there for ages. It's in Moorabool street, and about 1 hour from Melbourne.

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                  stickyfingers Oct 15, 2007 07:07 PM

                  A Thornbury friend mentioned last night that Mi Corazon Cantina in Lygon Street, Brunswick was quite good. They also have a huge selection of Tequilas and sometimes live music. We got dragged to Montezumas last week - I never want to look at franchised Tex/Mex food for at least 5yrs, even if I'm hungover....eeeoooorh! I think I'll stick to my home made Ceviche, tamales and empanadas followed by chilli chocolate in future.

                  1. b
                    bondi2026 Aug 22, 2007 12:21 AM

                    This website may be helpful to you http://www.latinos.com.au/eating_outv.... I'm from Sydney so can't be much help with specific places in Melbourne. Good luck and good eating.

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                    1. re: bondi2026
                      Lyndamg Aug 11, 2010 12:45 AM

                      Thnaks for that. Seems like the site is "coming soon" ??? Will save to favourites...

                    2. s
                      sandra in australia Jun 25, 2007 11:14 PM

                      check out pg's links - then go only to Los Amates...

                      Mexicali Rose was incredibly dissapointing - and Tres Tacos had good Tex-Mex -

                      The Aztec place out by Tullamarine sometimes has a selection of cans and dried chiles if you wnat to make your own...

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                      1. re: sandra in australia
                        purple goddess Jun 25, 2007 11:30 PM

                        Damn about Mexicali Rose, Sandra.... It got some great reviews..

                        Maybe it's gone all fusion.. like Tex-Mex, but Oz-Mex instead... rworange DID suggest Vegemite mole!!!

                        Care to expand on why you didn't like it??

                        You are now, of course, Melbourne's roving Chow Hound reporter on all things Mexican!!!

                        1. re: purple goddess
                          rworange Jun 26, 2007 12:41 PM

                          Yeah, PG, when are you going to try Los Amates? I keep checking the Australian board every now and then. There was one thumbs up and one thumbs down. Don't make me fly to Australia to try the joint personally :-)

                          1. re: rworange
                            purple goddess Jun 26, 2007 05:27 PM

                            We haven't been in Melb alot over the past 2 months... been down the beach house supervising the building of My Big Fat Greek Oven... but totally planning to check it out soon..

                            Don't worry, darl.. I shall report in... or meet you at the airport....

                          2. re: purple goddess
                            sandra in australia Jun 29, 2007 08:24 AM

                            PG it wasn't even fusion-y, it was not good food, pre packaged avocado in the guac, salsa from a jar - greasy soggy corn chips - my mole was dire... the taquitos were sprinkled with peanuts (?)

                            Well, as of tomorrow I will be the roving Sydney reporter on all things Mexican! And American....

                            1. re: sandra in australia
                              Eat_Nopal Jun 29, 2007 10:47 AM

                              Hang in there.... even in L.A. there are still a few places that fit that description. I have heard that Australia has become a desired destination for Mexican skilled workers.

                              If you keep tabs on this portal, you might find some authentic eats coming near you (I think a good Mexican cook could successfully use Asian & Australian ingredients to produce essentially Mexican dishes).


                              1. re: sandra in australia
                                purple goddess Jul 1, 2007 03:34 PM

                                GACK!!! Will def be giving it a miss then..

                                Still haven't made it to Los Amates.... but absolutely plan to soon..

                                Damn.. can't believe we missed catching up before you moved.... We'll be there in September... maybe we can catch up then???

                                1. re: sandra in australia
                                  kmh Jul 1, 2007 05:02 PM

                                  welcome to Sydney Sandra! unfortunately Sydney is not really the place to find great mexican food either... even our tex mex is appalling. there are a few places to try however.
                                  Guzman y Gomez 175 King St, Newtown is a small "cantina" - not a restaurant and yet not quite a fast food joint either. a succinct list of items, several types of salsa, and the staff are usually good at matching the right salsa with each item. I have been a few times - it's inexpensive and delicious (how authentic it is, I wouldn't have a clue)
                                  the sydney morning herald review: http://www.smh.com.au/news/restaurant-reviews/guzman-y-gomez/2006/11/03/1162340028255.html

                                  On the North Shore, is Vera Cruz, 314 Military Rd, Cremorne. I haven't been there for years, but it has survived for a long time, in what is a very fickle marketplace. if you go, let me know as maybe it's time for a revisit...
                                  smh review says "This is pure Mexico, down to the boutique beers and coarse, cinnamon Ibarra chocolate": http://www.smh.com.au/news/restaurant-reviews/vera-cruz/2007/05/15/1178995143847.html

                                  the only other place that rates a mention in the SMH online guide is Fidel's (which sounds like a mixed bag): http://www.smh.com.au/news/restaurant...

                                  good luck!

                                  1. re: kmh
                                    sandra in australia Jul 3, 2007 05:54 PM

                                    kmh, thanks for the links and info, we drove past Vera Cruz, now knowing what it was and did a double take! Will have to check it out - I do have some addresses of Mexican supply places, when I unpack them I'll go see and report back, one of them is in North Rocks I think...

                                    PG - We'll be here in Sept - it all got a bit manic towards the end there in Melbourne!

                                    1. re: sandra in australia
                                      kmh Jul 3, 2007 06:20 PM

                                      no problem.

                                      The essential ingredient (477 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest) also has some specialty chiles, mole etc.

                                      I believe there is/was a place for authentic ingredients in mona vale but i can't find the reference I had for it.

                                      1. re: sandra in australia
                                        kmh Aug 13, 2007 06:36 PM

                                        hello sandra, have you managed to try anything?
                                        i have found out another, cafe pacifico which claims to have authentic "californian-mexican food" whatever that may be. 95 Riley street east sydney.

                                        1. re: kmh
                                          sandra in australia Aug 21, 2007 05:02 AM

                                          Hi kmh - haven't managed to go try any of them yet, but quieter weeks are on the near horizon! Anyone interested in a Mexican adventure with me?

                                          1. re: sandra in australia
                                            purple goddess Aug 21, 2007 04:06 PM

                                            I can highly recommend Mexican Adventures with Sandra!!!!

                                            1. re: purple goddess
                                              emma Aug 21, 2007 04:43 PM

                                              i'm keen to try los amates. i was told it is most definitely passable by someone who lived in mexico for 8 years.

                                              1. re: emma
                                                purple goddess Aug 21, 2007 06:01 PM

                                                We've been meaning to try it, too!!

                                                Sandra and Mr goddess and I tried to catch up to do it, but, alas.. busy lives, and all of that...

                                                When is Day of the Dead??

                                                Maybe we could organize a date??

                                                1. re: purple goddess
                                                  sandra in australia Aug 21, 2007 07:06 PM

                                                  Day of the Dead is November 1st -

                                                  emma, I am Mexican, and I would say it's more than passable, it's very good!

                                                  PG, why don't you hop on a plane and we can have a little Mexican adventure here, eh? The Misters can go sailing and we can eat!!

                                                  1. re: sandra in australia
                                                    kmh Aug 22, 2007 02:42 AM

                                                    mmmmmmm sailing and eating. two of my favourite things.

                                            2. re: sandra in australia
                                              Noeloftx Sep 26, 2007 06:32 AM

                                              Hi Sandra, I am Mexican, I live in Baxter, Vic. I have been searching the internet to order Mexican supplies. I have gotten a hold of Corn Masa , so I make my own corn tortillas and flour. I did make tamales and they came out pretty good. What I really need are the whole corn husks, It is to much hassle putting the small ones together to wrap. The only Mexican place I have been to is Taco Bill, it was ughhh. I will stick to my Mexican cooking. I get my spices sent by my mum, from San Antonio. Tx, It gets expensive but it is worth it. Yes, a true Mexican can cook using Australian products. for the salsa, I grow my own serrano, jalapeno & other veggies. Would love to find Mexican products here.

                                              1. re: Noeloftx
                                                kmh Sep 26, 2007 11:15 AM

                                                have you tried the essential ingredient?

                                                1. re: kmh
                                                  Noeloftx Sep 28, 2007 04:10 AM

                                                  What is the essential ingredient?

                                                  1. re: Noeloftx
                                                    kmh Sep 28, 2007 11:37 AM


                                                2. re: Noeloftx
                                                  sandra in australia Sep 29, 2007 05:46 AM

                                                  Have you been to Aztec out by Tullamarine? They have a lot of stuff - it's like a warehouse and they take you in the back to their little showroom - http://www.aztecmexican.com.au/

                                                  Mostly Herdez, La Costena cans, but some dried chiles, corn husks and flor de jamaica sometimes -

                                                  Also, go try Los Amates, it's pretty good...

                                                  1. re: Noeloftx
                                                    Lyndamg Aug 11, 2010 12:35 AM

                                                    I live on the Southern Peninsula. Where do you buy your corn masa?

                                    2. purple goddess Jun 24, 2007 11:17 PM



                                      There's been quite a lot of discussion on this of late... Scroll down the Aussie board and you'll see quite a few suggestions for susan in australia and rworange about it...

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