Auckland: Mexico

Mexico, I can’t say that this is the best Mexican restaurant in Auckland, but it’s a franchise that I visit frequently because the food has been consistently good. A free table at the Britomart branch can be hard to come by, so I prefer to dine at the Ellerslie store, where the dining area is substantially bigger with more free parking on the residential streets.

When it comes to ordering food at Mexico, I’m rather predictable and tend to order the usual items. The guacamole is by far, my favourite way to start the meal, and a trip to Mexico is never complete without it. The corn chips made in-house is delicate and crispy, unlike the store brought variety which can be hard and stale. The consistency of the guacamole is creamy with chunks of avocado and it has a zesty finish which balances the richness of the avocado and keep the mixture nice and green!

This salsa borders on spicy but not to the extent which covers the taste of the tomato. The version at Mexico is slightly runny and lacks the chunky richness that you would expect. The flavours are great, but the consistency resembled more like sauce than salsa.

Ordering the Mexican Deep Fried Chicken which was highly recommend on the menu is a MUST! The pieces of chicken thighs are cooked to perfection, with the chicken juices still trapped inside the meat pieces. They were moist, well-seasoned and the accompanying sides of mayonnaise helped counter the spice and gave the chicken more flavour.

We decided to try something new on the menu and ordered the smoked eggplant puree which came with warm tortillas. We were overwhelmed by the saltiness of this dish, and we just managed to finish it. The smokiness of the puree was delightful, so were the flavours of the eggplant, but it was way too salty, even with the soft tortillas.

Our two desserts were the highlight of our meal, and it’s a lovely way to end our meal. The anise scented churros with salted caramel and chocolate ganache were fresh out from the kitchen and simply amazing. The anise was not too strong and combining it with the rich ganache was a match made in heaven.

I really enjoyed devouring the macerated fruits and berries. The peaches and strawberries were softened from the maceration process and slighting sweetened. There is a light hint of ginger and tamarind but the fruits were the star of the show. The yoghurt ice cream was zesty and tart, an ideal flavour element to balance the sweetness of the fruit.

I enjoy dining at Mexico with my friends because the lively atmosphere keeps us perky and we always have a great time (but this could be due to the jugs of scrumptious margaritas and sangria). I find the service at the Ellerslie branch to be better and because they have a bigger dining space, we never feel rushed to vacate our table.

Mexico | Location: 120 Main Highway, Ellerslie | Food: Mexican

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