It is one of my favourite eateries in Auckland, for its vibrant and fresh Mexican cuisine, extensive tequila list and super funky and delicious Frida’s margaritas.
Two weeks’ ago, Mexico launched their new Spring Menu and it is full of new dishes, new flavours and features fresh, locally sourced seafood and free range proteins. The best part? They have added a whole new Fried Chicken section, namely “Mexico Frita” which includes their original Fried Chicken, and the new Savoury and Spicy Popcorn Fried Chicken. Plus, Fried Cauliflower for the plant based amigos. YUM.
Ceviche has returned in their “Specialities” section, and also features three new dishes – Cumin Spicy Crispy Squid, Crispy Fried Chicken Burger and Slow Cooked Pork Belly Skewers. Drooling yet?!
And for all you margarita lovers, there are new Frida’s Margaritas flavours, including Watermelon and Green Apple, Blueberry and Yuzu and Pineapple and Ginger.
Between six of us, we ordered quite a F E A S T!
To start, Guacamole with housemade corn chips ($14) for the table while we waited for a few friends to arrive.
SOFT SHELL TACOS:
Pan Seared Achiote Prawn ($8) with smoky crème, ensalada de col (coleslaw), radish and pickled pineapple. [Loved this taco!]
Braised Pork Belly ($8) with pumpkin mayo, agave, green onion, apple chutney and crackling. [Four of our group ordered this taco and said it is the best taco they have eaten at Mexico!]
Ceviche ($20) a fresh coconut salad with cherry tomato, red onion, lime mint granita and pomegranate. [Very refreshing! Loved the lime and mint granita (something I have been seeing a lot on MasterChef recently!)]
Slow Cooked Pork Belly Skewers ($26) with pumpkin mojo, apple yoghurt, fennel and crackling. [These were EPIC and the highlight of our meal. So so juicy and melt in your mouth! Side note: Served as three skewers, however they are generous enough to be cut into two portions each.]
Three-Way Fried Chicken Platter ($30), featuring:
- Mexico Fried Chicken with jalapeño mayo and chipotle mayo – not to be missed!
- Savoury Fried Chicken with remoulade, citrus and cornichon (pickles)
- Spicy Popcorn Fried Chicken with BBQ habanero mole, sesame and cornichon
[Highly recommend their Fried Chicken Platter – my favourite is their Spicy Popcorn Fried Chicken, plus it is the perfect dish when sharing with a group!]
Braised Beef Cheek ($19) with smoky cheddar, green onion, pumpkin and salsa borracha. [Not totally sold on this one… recommend the Pulled BBQ Jackfruit combination instead!]
Pineapple and Ginger / with sherbet chili rim and pineapple garnish.
Order this when you’re mostly Baby Spice but have a hint of Posh Spice in you.
Watermelon and Green Apple / with vanilla sugar rim and mint garnish.
Order this when you’re on the verge of an adventure, especially if it’s tropical…
[Our favourite margarita out of the three].
Blueberry and Yuzu / with vanilla sugar rim and blueberries.
Order this when everyone is onto dessert but you still have some drinking to do.
Sadly, we did not have any room for dessert.
However, if you do, order their Triple Xocolate Brownie, a vegan dessert served with Little Island ice cream, coconut, mint and strawberry granita which now has a permanent spot on Mexico’s menu. I was lucky enough to try this dessert back in August when it was first released, and can confirm it is moreish and will look great on your ‘gram!
Aside from the tasty food, I love dining at Mexico because I love being surrounded by the decor! Think colourful walls covered in memorabilia from Mexico, including artworks of Frida Kahlo and influences from Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), plus loads of cacti. It is definitely one of the most fun restaurants to visit in Auckland!
If you are not able to get to Mexico in Britomart, there are six other locations in Auckland – Ponsonby, Ellerslie, Takapuna, Silverdale, Auckland International Airport and Sylvia Park. Plus, there are restaurants in Hamilton, Wellington, Petone, Christchurch and Tauranga.
I was sent a voucher to dine at Mexico, however all opinions are (and always will be) my own.