The pioneers of the Real and Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Australia.

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Welcome | Bienvenido

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After several years of providing the most authentic Mexican food, great margaritas and ambience, we want to share with you some of the experiences we’ve gathered since 2004. When we took the challenge of bringing to Melbourne the most authentic Mexican food we thought it was going to be fun…And guess what… It has been a real adventure with plenty of additional rewards that, quite honestly, we didn’t expect.

We have always thought that the first way to get up close and personal with another culture is through their food, so we knew that our responsibility in portraying an authentic Mexican Restaurant was going to be far greater than just cooking.

At the same time, Mexican culture is so huge and is divided in so many regions, ideas and eras, that, trying to synthesize everything into a single space would be impossible. So our approach to give the restaurant its authenticity (besides the food of course) was at the end, quite simple. We focused in one element that is common to all Mexico: It’s people and their famous bubbly and warm personality.

Most details that decorate the restaurant were meaningful to somebody in a certain point in time. Other elements, show our appreciation to the great, ancient cultures we are still product of the Aztecs, Mayas. Huicholes, Otomies, Tarahumaras.

And there are even some pieces that honour our most popular traditions and contemporary art.

"This is without doubt, my favourite restaurant. Since I discovered Los Amates on my birthday last year, I have loved visiting frequently.

The food is to die for. Not only is the food fantastic, fresh and tasty, but the atmosphere is spectacular. It feels as though you're walking right into Mexico.

If you're looking for Mexican in Melbourne - this is the place to go."

− Laura, Trip Advisor

"I took the family here for my birthday dinner and was blown away by the freshness and balance of flavours.

The non pretentious decor is authentic, as are the wait staff. Doesn't have the swagger of Mamasita but if it's an authentic Mexican experience you're after you can't go wrong - 5 Sombreros!"

− Ronzo, Trip Advisor

"So you think ''real'' Mexican food hit town only a year or two back? Think again.

Los Amates has clung to the edges of Melbourne's Spanish district since 2003, playing its trade in authentic regional Mexican food with the occasional Tex-Mex flourish and a brief not to take itself too seriously."

− Larissa Dubecki, Good Food

The name itself “Los Amates” make reference to the ancient “paper” the natives of Mexico used to write, pant and communicate. (It’s the equivalent to Egyptian papyrus or rice paper in China, but this one is made from bark) If you’ve been to Mexico or if you manage to go there someday, you probably won’t find a restaurant like us.

We’re authentic Mexican not because we look like a restaurant in Mexico, but because our food and our people embrace the spirit of Mexico like if we were there.

We’re unique because we have become a hub for the small Mexican community that lives in Melbourne, and more important, we are now some sort of cultural embassy promoting Mexico, not only to Melbournians but to all our visitors from other cities in Australia.

One of the things we´re very proud, is that quite a few of our guests have actually travelled to Mexico after visiting Los Amates. This only moves us to keep the effort and find new challenges.

Every year we sponsor many cultural events regarding Mexican traditions and artists as well festivals where Mexico is featured side by side with other Hispanic countries. And, sometimes, we even get special treats: Visits from celebrities that want to verify if all the good things they’ve heard about Los Amates Mexican Kitchen are true….And they did!

I’m sorry if this letter only talks about us, but we’re so proud of what we’ve achieved that we wanted to share it with you. It’s so personal, that we want it to be part of you because, at the end, you are part of Los Amates too.

Thanks for your support all these years.

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