South American cuisine on the West-side

Authentic South American cuisine – with emphasis on Mexican, Peruvian and El Salvadorean flavours are at the fingertips of the Western Suburbs. Mexican and Latin cuisine were one of the big food trends in Melbourne with ‘Los Latinos’ and ‘La Tortilleria’ taking the spotlight in the Western suburbs.

La Tortilleria 

Taco enthusiasts will revel in the existence of La Tortilleria. La Tortilleria produce corn tortillas on premises, using the traditional ‘nixtamal’ method – stone grinding the corn and baking them fresh daily.  In addition to supplying the restaurant with its daily amount of freshly baked tortillas, La Tortilleria also supply tortillas to the hugely popular Mamasita and are also available for purchase for home cooks.  The tortillas are also:

  • Gluten Free
  • Preservative and Additive Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • No Saturated or Trans Fat
  • Vegan
  • 100% Locally-Made from Australian Ingredients

We shared the ‘ Amigos Share Plate’ that included a selection of 8 ($40) or 12 items ($60) served with guacamole and unlimited salsa. Being a big eater, the amigos share platter left me a tad hungry, but flavours were fresh and tantalising.

Los Latinos 

Los Latinos first opened in Maidstone. At first glance it is unexpected that a dingy Maidstone street would be the location for a pretty authentic South American restaurant. Los Latinos represents nothing fancy, but is reminiscent of a mexican joint I previously visited in East L.A.  The quesadilla is better than the one at Mamasitas and the Papusas were a special find. My favourite dish was definitely the Arepas. These little seared corn cakes were delicious!! The taste of corn was vibrant and the cakes were topped with fresh melted cheese, grilled chorizo and a dollop of sour cream.

We finished off with a satisfying Tres Leches – a soft sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk. On the negative side, the larger meat dishes tended to be on the overcooked side, so stick to the smaller dishes if you can. Los Latinos has since expanded to an Ascot Vale location, but the original Maidstone location is superior.