13 February 2012
Photography by Anna Kidman
As promised, we set out to taste test the Mexican fare on offer at Britomart’s newest eatery.
Last week we wrote about the highly anticipated opening of Britomart’s Mexico restaurant and it appears many of you shared in our excitement. Come 12pm on Friday, when we eagerly headed down to Mexico for lunch, we found the restaurant already rammed with patrons christening the first lunch setting – it seems Mexico has successfully introduced themselves to the neighbourhood.
We could have easily ordered one of everything on the menu, but in an effort to execute a little lunchtime restraint, we settled on a selection of snacks and specialties to start, all designed for sharing, and a round of soft shell fish tacos as our main. We suspect, like us, you will find it hard to settle for just one option so we would advise taking this approach to ordering and you won’t be disappointed. The fresh ceviche and the specialty fried chicken deserve a notable shout out. The food is simple, fresh and authentic – with not an ounce of cheese or sour cream in sight. A welcome change to Mexican food as you know it.
Yes it was a little early for Margaritas, but if the virgin one we did taste test is anything to go by, they are excellent. Purely for research purposes, we concluded it wasn’t too early for us to sample a jug of the Tinto Sangria, which we would highly recommend as an essential to accompany any meal there – no matter what time of day.
Mexico’s interior is unassuming and entertaining, and with not an empty seat in the house by 1pm, the atmosphere was lively – exactly how an authentic Mexican eatery should be. This is certainly an institution that will have a tendency to quite rowdy as the evening unfolds so we’d suggest getting in early to secure a seat. Mexico has swiftly found a place in our books as a regular on the dining circuit.
23 Britomart Place
(09) 366 1759www.mexico.net.nz