Seeing Mamasita empty is a privilege not extended to many. From the moment the doors open at noon, a steady stream of patrons make the trip up the golden staircase and by 12.30pm the restaurant is full.

In full flight, this taqueria is a sight to be seen – everywhere you look there are people, tacos and margaritas. The atmosphere is electric.

But during the day, before the crowds descend, the restaurant is peaceful. The mood is relaxed but professional and it’s this professionalism that keeps the restaurant running smoothly during the rush period.

In the kitchen, the chefs are shucking corn, mixing spices and checking their supplies. The head bartender briefs the staff on the bar’s latest cocktails, tables are set, sections are assigned and this well-oiled machine gets ready for another busy night.

We sent our photographer Eve Wilson down to capture all the action. Flick through the gallery above to see what goes on at Mamasita before, during and after the restaurant opens and closes its doors.

This week we are inviting you and five friends to dine at Mamasita. You'll avoid the dreaded waiting list and skip the queues. But best of all, we’ll pay the bill. To go in the draw sign up here.

Level 1, 11 Collins Street, Melbourne
(03) 9650 3821