The Courier-Mail - QWeekend
Hola Mama, that’s hot
Authentic Mexican cuisine and the ancient spirits of agave are a lively mix in this super cool West End taqueria
Tequila-fuelled laughter bellows over heaving house music. A wrestling match is projected onto a wall, while the highly knowledgeable service team work the almost-capacity, art-clad room with alacrity.
As the neighbouring restaurants along West End’s Hardgrave Rd culinary precinct close around it for the night, Mama Taco is pumping.
Opening in March this year, the lively, buzzy Mexican eatery has fast become the hottest venue in the hospitality-heavy suburb – and not just because of the chilli that finds its way into almost every dish.
This is a Mexican restaurant dedicated to authenticity unlike anything else in town.
According to its website, all produce is sourced organically, while only ethically raised animals are used, with the preparation of each dish beginning with marination before cooking low and slow and finishing on charcoal.
The menu is a tight affair, just four tacos and four main options, while guests are encouraged to build their own meal through a series of sides such as charcoal beef, frijoles (refried beans) and the tomato and onion salsa, pico de gallo.
There’s also an ever-changing empanada, on this visit the Mexican version of a pastie is filled with a spinach-stained liquid cheese that flows like a river after rain from the bubbly, shattering pastry shell. Laced with English mustard for piquancy, it should be considered by chefs Raffaele Persichetti and Harry Antoniak for inclusion in the regular menu.