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Los Amates

34 Johnston Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel : +61 3 9417 0441
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Cuisine: Mexican
Chef: Arturo Morales
Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Los Amates clings to the edges of Melbourne's Spanish district in Fitzroy and has been serving authentic regional Mexican food for over 10 years. The restaurant is decked out in vibrant Day of the Dead pop art and the floor is staffed up by Mexican uni students who are always ready for a laugh. On warm nights, get out of the dining room and into the courtyard strung with lights.

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On Johnston Street in Melbourne’s Fitzroy.

Anyone who has travelled through Mexico will know that its cuisine consists not just of refried beans, hard-shell tacos and meals smothered in a layer of sour cream and cheese. Bad Mexican food is everywhere, and this is what prompted Arturo Morales to open shop here several years ago. His restaurant is well known among Melbourne’s small Mexican community and beyond for authentic, fresh and varied regional dishes.

A combination platter makes an excellent starter and offers a range of tastes, including sopes, taquitos, quesadillas, molletes and guacamole. Or, dig into a plate of nachos or “make your own” tacos with soft tortillas. Mains include chicken enchiladas with mole poblano or porterhouse steak served with hot chipotle salsa, rice and frijoles. Sauces don’t have to be spicy to be full of flavour; try the diced pork served with tomatillo, green chilli and coriander salsa. There’s also a kid-friendly menu and plenty of daily specials. Naturally, there is a superlative selection of aged tequilas to work your way through, plenty of Mexican beers, and of course, margaritas are a specialty. Try your beer with a michelada - a salt encrusted glass of fresh lime juice - or a Cubano with Tabasco added for an extra kick! Cocktails such as “Castro’s Pain” enliven an already cheery evening in this restaurant.

Angela Costanzo

At Los Amates, Mexican native Arturo Morales aims to please Fitzroy locals with a combination of friendly service and bona fide Mexican fare. White-washed walls are festooned with simple, colourful decorations add a ‘fiesta’ vibe, while foreign artworks adds a homely, vibrant touch. Take a seat with friends at one of the lengthy banquet tables for your own party of tortillas, tacos and tequila.

Feast on lesser-known, home-style dishes such as the Tortillitas de Colifor – mini tortillas made from ground cauliflower, cooked in a Mexican beer-batter and topped with red sauce – or the ‘pollo con mole poblano’, a tender chicken dish served with a homemade sauce that traditionally contains more than 30 spices and ingredients.

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Guacamole with corn chips | $8.90

Pork crackling with guacamole | $11.90

Nachos “Los Amates” with red salsa, black beans, melted cheese, guacamole and sour cream | $9.50

Chicken filled tortillas rolled then fried and served with green salsa, salad and sour cream | $13.50


Tacos with potato, chorizo and onions, served with fresh tortillas and green salsa | $18.50

Lean beef strips cooked with chiles pasilla & ancho, served with fresh tortillas and red salsa | $18.50

Potato and cheese enchiladas topped with salsa verde or mole and cheese, served with salad, rice and frijoles | $19.00

Strips of nopale cactus served with diced tomatoes, red onion, queso blanco, cilantro & chilli marinated carrots, topped with avocado and served with totopos | $16.50


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