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Where is Melbourne's Best Corn?

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published May 12th 2014
Source: Mamasita Facebook

For dinner tonight tried to replicate Mamasita's (arguably one of Melbourne's best Mexican restaurants) sweetcorn. Or elotes callejeros to give the recipe its official name.

This is a style of corn sold by street vendors across Mexico.

I melted some butter, mixed in fresh lime juice and then sprinkled in some cayenne pepper. Then I poured the mix over the cobs, wrapped them individually in foil and then baked them in the oven.

Actually they were incredible and I can recommend the above recipe but really nothing like the famed Mamaita's elotes callejeros which is one of the most popular dishes on their menu.

People queue up at Mamasita just because they can't get enough of their incredible sweetcorn dish.

I did manage to find their famous elotes callejeros recipe on line though for those interested. It is on their website. Sweetcorn recipe

I got some of it right. Yes it has fresh lime juice and paprika but also a range of other ingredients including parmesan cheese, cumin and pepitas and there is an amazing mayonnaise that goes with it which has a host of other ingredients.

It did, however, get me thinking about the places you can get great cobs of sweetcorn in Melbourne as ever since eating street vendor sweetcorn in various parts of Asia it has become one of my favourites foods.

Another place where I recently had some sweetcorn cobs I enjoyed was Father's Office. They serve cobs of corn marinated in chipotle spiced infusion and then chargrilled.

Source: Father's Office Facebook

This is a fun, mostly young people's venue that is themed like an old speakeasy with staff dressed a bit like Bonnie and Clyde going out for a night on the town. They have a great outside balcony with a view down over Swanston Street.

It is a food menu of mainly "soak-up-the-alcohol fodder" such as burgers and fries, so the sweetcorn is one of the healthier options on the menu.

Father's Office Facebook

The other place I like for sweetcorn is Miss Katie's Crabshack. This is South American food with items on the menu like broiled crab and fried chicken. First time you go it is a lot of fun as they have bibs so you don't get messy from their delicious crab. It adds to the merriment seeing your friends sporting child-like bibs. For a review click here.

Miss Katie's Crab Shack

Their rounds of corn are chargrilled and they also do nice little corn breads which are perfect to mop up some of the delicious sauces with.

Another great place is Chuckle Park. This is a bar come eatery that operates out of of a van in Stall Laneway in Little Collins Street.

This is another fun place with lots of Spanish inspired food. This is another version of elite and the cobs of corn are lathered with
Chuckle sauce, parmesan and coriander. You can wash it down with a Mojito cocktail jar.

Source: Chuckle Park Facebook

Mamasita is at 11 Collins St, Melbourne
(03) 9650 3821 They are so popular they don't take bookings. But if you are in a party of four or more you can go off and they will ring you when a table becomes available.

Father's Office is at 249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
(03) 9662 3798

Miss Katie's Crab Shack
230A Victoria St, North Melbourne
(03) 9329 9888
Again they don't take bookings but we have always managed to find a seat.

Chuckle Park
322, Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9654 5594

But I am sure this is only the tip of the corn husk. Where have you been getting some great corn lately in Melbourne?
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Try Eat Love Taco in Carlisle Street, Balaclava - their BBQ corn rolled in finely grated cheese and sprinkled with chilli powder, is to die for! Seriously yum.
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1738) 2212 days ago
Corn Boss!
by ruthl (score: 0|5) 2269 days ago
But hopefully not too corny!
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5927) 2269 days ago
Golden Corn.. market stall best charcoal cooked corn
by chris (score: 0|2) 1192 days ago

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