Mexico Takapuna

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21 Hurstmere Road,

(09) 280 1487

Mexico Takapuna Information

Mexico, New Zealand's most exciting new restaurant is now coming to Takapuna is now open for business. Coming to the North Shore as part of the Mckenzie's Project, you can be assured of the same quality service and great food that Mexico is known for.

Opening Hours
Daily 12.00-00.00
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
Food Info
A La Carte Menu
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Reviewer NatalieT
Love dining at Mexico. Menu is fresh and exciting and the mix and match menu is lovely. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new... all the flavours are superb and the food is not what you'd find in most kitchens so it's fun and lovely. Service is great and the atmosphere is buzzing. Just go to see all the amazing artifacts and trinkets around the restaurant alone!! And if you're a tequila lover.... you'll be in heaven!
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Reviewer gretchen294
I've been to Takapuna's Mexico more times than I care to remember and to be fair, most of the visits have been very good. My last few times however have been a little disappointing.
I can't complain about the food (infact, the special's board are often well worth checking out) - but the service is pretty slow - there always seems to be a group of about 3-4 just standing around trying to avoid eye contact with diners - it's pretty bizarre for a business in the hospitality trade. Like I say, it's really my only complaint as I do otherwise enjoy heading out to Mexico but some improvement wouldn't go amiss.
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Reviewer mikekt
Had a late lunch at Mexico in takapuna over the weekend and although the service was a bit poor ( just try to get a member of staff over- impossible), glad that the food made up for this.
The huffed taco was awesome ( prawn, fish, radish even) and the quesadillas were just the ticket. Good to see a decent amount of Mexican beers too - and for 2 of us with beers and food on board, to walk away with only a $60 dent in our pockets, then that's all good as far as I'm concerned. Guys- just sort out the service- not cool from the too cool for school.
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Reviewer StrayDogNZ
Delicious variety of tapa style Mexican dishes - weal ways try something new and have never been disappointed! Be adventurous - you won't regret it. Great location and the interior decor is very cool. I recommend the fish tacos!
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It seems we have an insatiable appetite for Mexican cuisine right now. Diners are re-discovering this cuisine in a whole new & fresh way.

The space is scrumptious in its own rustic, colourful, cluttered way with walls adorned. It bursts with all the energy and vibrancy of a backyard fiesta in Mexico.

We were sat at long skinny tables with bench seats upstairs (one of three), which uis where the party starts by offering tequilas and margaritas.

We had the set sharing menu which was a constant buffet of most of the offerings of their regular menu – Salsa with corn chips, pickled veges, cumin spiced patatas bravas, stuffed olives, Tostiditas, fried chicken (apparently the highlight but I never got to try this as it was a hit going by the mystery of its disapperance), empanada's. My favourite was the lime splashed cerviche with avocado. Lastly we had our own soft shell taco in which I chose Smokey beef arrachera.

Mexico might be famous for the margaritas because I think the food although plenty may have taken 2nd fiddle.
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Great setting (on a sunny day), attentive staff and delicious only problem with Mexico Takapuna are the portion sizes...absolutely meagre.
Caught up with a mate over lunch the other day and thought I'd get the fried chicken.. four small tenders arrived...all for the princely sum of $12! Ok - so they were tasty but for $12, c'mon! Had to order a soft-shell taco just to keep from falling over.
Like I said - flavours are good but if you're hungry, it's going to take a decent amount of ordering to get you satisfied.
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Reviewer kilmartin
Been here twice, first time was really good (although it was extremely busy, the service was fast and the food very enjoyable). Especially recommend the quesadillas and the beetroot dip.
The second time was disappointing - not very busy but service was appalling slow. Also the food was only average - the food lacking in the fresh flavours of the first time. We also had Churros which were too oily tasting for my liking (it's a dessert but you it tasted a bit like old fish & chip shop oil).
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Reviewer nickier
I've now been to Mexico in Takapuna four times in the last 2 or so months and I've been consistently pleased with the overall experience so compelled to write this review.
Although swift, the service is friendly (and VERY attractive) - this all adds to the appeal of Mexico.
Most recently I had the beetroot salad as well as the chicken - the right combination of flavours and heat in my opinion. Having Mexican beer (Dos Equis etc) on the menu also adds to this restaurants authenticity.
Mexican must have been the cuisine of the year in Auckland - and Mexico is leading the charge.
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Reviewer jessie55
The tequila was aplenty, customer service extremely lacking.

Having arrived for lunch at 1 pm, I was told a table would be available in 5 minutes, my friend and I sat waiting for 15 minutes before I saw the maitre d seat another 2 couples as soon as they walked in the door!
I spoke up and was greeted with the most disgusting face I have ever seen, I was looked at as if I didn't belong and had spoken out of turn (like a school child!), the Maitre d look at the waitresses as if she was confused to hear that I was even waiting for a table! As if I was standing in the door way because I wanted to!
The food was no where near enough for me to even think of returning.

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Dropped into the much talked about Mexico for a lunch one Sunday. Was told that it would be easier to get a seat at the Takapuna branch. The place was busy but not packed when I arrived. Got seated pretty quickly. It's set up with long tables (canteen style) so you may have to share tables with other diners. So don't expect that you'll necessarily get a table to yourself.

We had quite a selection of food that day. Admittedly, I'm no aficionado of Mexican food. Food was overall well presented and ingredients, fresh. My favourite was the pork quesadilla, apart from that, everything else was alright. Nothing I would shout about though.

Ordered a sangria which was not the best choice as I didn't like it at all. There weren't any fruits in the sangria. Maybe I should have stuck to something tequila seeing that it's a tequila bar -- oops. Wasn't up to drinking something heavy that day though.

Overall, service was average. It was quite difficult to get the wait-staff's attention at times. Also, we were given side plates (as we were sharing food) which were not very clean and had crumbs of food in them. I think they need to improve on their dish-washing as a knife was supplied with food scraps stuck it as well.

What I'll return for? Their quesadilla and to sample the tequila. Otherwise, an alright experience.
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Lunched at Mexico Takapuna today after enjoying dinner in the city a few weeks ago. Was easy to get in on a Thursday and plenty of space, and the food arrived really quickly too - great for a quick lunch that's a bit different! The chicken quesadilla was delicious, as was the pork taco. Staff were very friendly.
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Reviewer janetmatthews
Received such a warm welcome on arrival and very pleased to be able to say that was just the beginning of a fantastic night.
The CBD Mexico is a regular so I wasn't expecting anything different from Mexico Takapuna in terms of cuisine but it's the beachside setting that I love in particular.
If you want a recommendation, go for the ceviche - deliciously fresh and just the right amount of zest. Love what they've done at Mexico Takapuna too - the whole Mackenzies space is looking pretty cool and Im guessing something that Takapuna has been crying out for.
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Reviewer LauraakaDora
I think the key here is to arrive at Mexico Takapuna early! This place is so popular already and it's only going to get busier judging by the great night we had here!

We went in a small group and shared a variety of dishes, the beetroot dip is ahhmazing, and a great way to kick off a meal. Loved the chicken taco, and the lamb quesadilla. Only minor complaint - the sangria wasn't my taste exactly, but that's probably because we shared a couple of carafes and I would have normally had the red wine version - can't wait to go back and try it!
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Reviewer MrsFleety
A group of us recently visited Mexico in Takapuna as we had a voucher to spend after a bad experience at the Mexico in town (messing up our order hugely and over charging us by $150 when we knew they were incorrect). We decided to head to the new Takapuna venue as it is more local and we wanted to check out the new area. After being told there was a 90 minute wait we decided to go to a new and neighbouring bar for a couple of pre drinks. When we came back we were told we were next, however we still had to wait a further 25 minutes despite the fact that we could see there was a spare table for six the whole 25 minutes we stood there. Although this wasn't ideal, they did completely redeem themselves by offering us a complimentary snack and a carafe of Sangria. I suppose because we made some noise after being mucked around a bit they treated us with extra care. The service was very pleasant and a whole lot nicer than the service I've received at the Mexico in town. It also goes without saying that the food and drinks are wonderfully delicious and I will definitely go back.
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Reviewer glasshalffull
Just returned from an evening out in Takapuna and had to share the great experience. Movie at Berkeley to start (Moonrise Kingdom - very recommended btw) followed by a fantastic meal at Mexico Takapuna.
Hardly ever have Mexican out as its a fairly simple cuisine to do from home however after this visit, it seems I've been missing out for too long.
The chorizo empanada was great and the fried chicken - (colonel saunders who?) was fantastic. You can easily get carried away here as the plates are small yet provide just the right amount to get a good taste sensation.
Mexico Takapuna is very busy so service may seem to be a bit slower than other venues, but if you're slugging back margaritas then you don't notice the time. Thanks Mexico for making my night!
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Reviewer shoreforsure
really good vibe and atmosphere at Mexico - shame Takapuna hasn't been as warm as Cancun but the sentiment it there:).
The food's really good and surprisingly affordable - the whole Mckenzies setting is upmarket but gladly doesn't have the price tag.
My fish tacos were excellent - makes a difference from the old el paso eh! Service was slightly slow but Mexico Takapuna has only been open for a matter of days so can't really hold that against them.
Will return soon - promise.
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Reviewer mdearth
Mexico is welcome new addition to Takapuna and hopefully will get the support from locals that would encourage other successful restaurants into the area.
Fan of the city version so knew what to expect - reasonably priced food and the setting is great - but for yesterdays visit opted for the oazaca beef on tostada - makes for a nice change and nice and light.
Let's hope Mexico Takapuna is the start of something special... can we get Cafe Hanoi over here too!
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