Hotel Jesus

5:00pm - 11:00pm
174 Smith Street Collingwood 3066



dine at the bar
outdoor area
notable spirits list

Mamasita's owners, Matt Lane and Nick Peters, think of their second venue as the Mexican equivalent of an Aussie fish-and-chip shop. Casual, fast-paced – the type of place where you can drop in for a couple of tostadas or tacos and a beer, then move on. The restaurant's third partner, James Brown, took care of the fit-out and branding through his company MASH Design.

The kitschy interior is inspired by the traditional ’70s-style taquerias and tostaderias of Mexico. It has blue banquettes, red stools, flimsy tables, slow ceiling fans and tiles in various shades of pastel. There’s a Guadalupe on the wall, and other Catholic iconography. There’s also a quote from Lane’s favourite film, The Big Lebowski: “Nobody fucks with the Jesus”.

Tostadas (toasted tortillas with toppings) are made in-house from scratch via a traditional method that involves dehydrating the tortillas for 24 hours to make them crispy.

They’re topped with ingredients such as prawns with ginger oil and chilli; tuna, ponzu and wasabi; mushrooms, corn and smoked avocado; or beef with leek and cotija (a dry Mexican cheese). There are also tacos, tortas, ceviches, and snacks such as corn with black mayonnaise, and pickled jalapenos.

A condensed version of this menu is available for takeaway over the counter. On Taco Tuesdaze, get tacos for $2 each from 5pm to 9pm.

Peters, Australia’s only master mezcalier, assembled the impressive tequila and mezcal list. There are also imported Mexican beers, served chelada-style (with a rim of salt, lime and ice). Six cocktails are on tap, including a Mexican Espresso Martini; sangria; and Jesus Maria (like a Bloody Mary, topped with a chicken chicharrón – a popular snack made from fried skin and fat).