Papasito is an organic Mexican restaurant in Northcote that has replaced the cashew milk dessert specialist Coco Loco (which they also used to run). Rumours of cashew based cheese or 'queso', led us to High Street to check out their vegan offerings.
We started with the 'Totopos (fresh house yellow corn chips) w/ Smoked Cashew Queso' ($10) which were fresh and delicious - that smoked cashew queso is a hit! If it had being warmed slightly it would have been even better.
For mains we opted to share the 'Huitlacoche Tacos' ($17); 2 x 7 inch handmade soft corn tortillas with grilled mushroom, potato, queso and mexican black truffle, along with lettuce, tomato, coriander and lime. The cashew queso and chipotle mole sauce were the clear highlight, but the tacos risked being a little dry without an adequate spread of these condiments.
The 'Mamaita Sizzling Casserole' ($19) of eggplant, potato, tomato, mint and chipotle mole came with 2 x 7 inch fresh corn tortillas, which were doughier than the taco tortillas. The casserole was quite hearty with the chipotle mole again being the star.
I quenched my thirst on a 'Mint Cooler' ($6) with fresh mint, lime, soda and vanilla nectar - which was absolutely chock full of delicious fresh mint. My sidekick tried the 'Polemo' ($6) - pink & white grapefruit, soda and vanilla nectar. Another beverage choice of interest was the 'Kluklu' with cashew milk, cinnamon and vanilla nectar ($6), which could be a good choice in lieu of dessert.
The dessert menu is an old Coco Loco menu (complete with Coco Loco printed at the top!) which could be a bit confusing for diners not aware of the connection. Nevertheless, we were delighted to select a 'Raspberry Chocolate Mousse' ($17 GF) made with cashew milk. The mousse had quite complex and rich flavours and was lovely with the fresh raspberry coulis on top. The serving was huge, so it's an ideal choice for sharing. A 'Mango Dark Chocolate' ($17 GF) version and a 'Caramelised Banana Dark Chocolate' ($19, GF) mousse is also on offer for vegans, along with housemade 'Pure Dark Chocolate Gelato' ($15 GF).
Papasito's prices were quite high and the service was a little haphazard, but they were friendly, so we'd still recommend it for catering well to vegans over all three courses and for drinks - and let's face it, housemade cashew cheese will always be a huge draw card!
Quirks: NOT CHILD FRIENDLY - Must be over sixteen to dine here. (a little odd, but true)