Mexico Food and Liquor now in Dixon Street Wellington, is one of 7 nationwide locations due to its popularity. I first stumbled on the original one in Britomart Auckland which was founded back in 2012. It instantly appealed because as soon as you walked in, you felt like you were in Mexico. Hola!
Wellington is a little different as it has doors that open out on to Willis Street, but it’s just perfect on one of our lovely hot summer evenings, to let a little of the inside out or the outside in. Inside, the decor is very bright and funky with graffiti-decorated walls and the waitresses complement the vibe, dressed a la Frida Kahlo.
I made a phone booking for 10 peeps a week prior, yet when I arrived there was no booking. I didn’t get any apology and I was asked to wait at the bar until the full quota of people arrived. I don’t know why as no-one offered me a drink. Fortunately they weren’t busy and service and food was good for rest of the night, so this did make up for the faux pas or tropezon, as they say in Espanol!
We were all hungry so skipped entrees and moved straight to mains. GF or V options are clearly marked on the menu, which is a bonus. You can just snack if you want, on burnt guacamole with yellow corn shards. It doesn’t sound that appetising, but I’ve eaten it before and it is delish, as is the salsa with corn chips.
Some of the gals tried the tuna ceviche which was so beautifully presented with watermelon and a corn chips, and this got the big thumbs up. Darn I already had food envy and mine hadn’t arrived yet! I had the chicken mole quesadilla which was nice, tasty but not sensational. I would have liked it to be a bit spicier. Others had the chickpea salad, fish tacos, fried chicken, cornbread chips and flautas and everyone appeared to enjoy their choice. The prawn dish looked good although I did spot that the long sticks of cooked celery were left uneaten.
Most of us were driving so chose non alcoholic citrus ginger concoctions and a few had some Mexican cervezas (beers). The first thing you learn in Spanish is ‘una cerveza por favor’ . I asked for a margarita recommendation from our lovely waitress and the plum margarita it was. Divine.
I had been dreaming about churros but just couldn’t fit them in. I think I was still full from my last week’s dinner out. So I’m going back just for coffee and churros one day, as I do want to try them here.
This is a good spot for a fun night out with friends. I do think the menu is varied and gives you tons of good options to choose from. It’s really reasonable and portions are good sizes. Adios amigos.