219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany
Just to clarify, my mum’s not really crazy. Well, I certainly wouldn’t be confessing to such things in a public forum. But, I’ll tell you what is crazy… Mama Loco. Get it? Crazy Mother … Anyway, this funky Mexican Restaurant is definitely wacky, but in a good and tasty way!
You’ll find Mama Loco located at the very end of the ‘food establishments’ on the exterior of the Albany Westfield Shopping Mall. Being big fans of Mexican cuisine, I’m surprised we hadn’t heard about this eatery before, so I’m super excited we stumbled across it.
Inside the decor is vibrant and quirky, with the most colourful bar I’ve ever seen, yellow ‘leaf’ chairs, and cheerful greenery on the walls .
Outside, on the sunny deck, they have huge wooden tables with deck chairs that you literally sink into (complete with a skull face cutout on the back of them, of course). Even the salt and pepper shakers are fun, along with the “Pure Death” hot sauce.
Mama Loco were more than happy to create a vegetarian version of their burrito ($17.50). It was ginormous, filled with salad, cucumber, re-fried beans, Mexican rice, corn and silverbeet. It was accompanied by home made corn chips, that were so good, I could have just feasted on chips alone.
The husband scoffed his Braised Lamb Quesadilla ($16.90), so it must have been good.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Watching one waitress (who assures me she was born in stilettos teetering around at a brisk pace while carrying a fully loaded tray of drinks was totally awe inspiring!
Check out their flavoursome menu (below) or download their smartphone app (Mama Loco). I did chuckle at their tongue-in-cheek term for happy hour.
In a Nutshell: Go! Eat! Enjoy! Yum!