Mexico Takapuna

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21 Hurstmere Road,

(09) 280 1487

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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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