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Restaurant Review: Mexico, Dixon Street, Wellington
Our meal at Mexico was a bit of a mixed bag.
The braised fennel dip was pretty good especially the crunchy fennel seeds and orange peel on top. Unfortunately it was served with ridiculously few tacos and we were charged $4 to get more.
For mains the braised chipolte, tomato and chicken taco special was divine, beautifully seasoned and slow-cooked to perfection but the fish taco was just bizzare, smothered in mayo and looking like it had come out of a sealord packet. The ceviche with pork crackling had too little pork and half the fish was raw and chewy. It clearly hadn't been marinated long enough. The Broccoli Quesadilla was good but needed a little more cheese or a name change. We did enjoy the spicy tomatilla served with the quesadilla and the great selection of chille sauces on the table.
Desert options were rhubarb mousse, carrot cake or churros with dipping chocolate. We went for the churros. When they arrived they looked and smelt great but there was something missing in the flavour and they were slightly undercooked. The dipping chocolate was delicious.
Overall I felt the kitchen were trying too hard to be modern and clever with the menu instead of concentrating on simple tasty Mexican classics.
At $10 a beer and $14 for a rather small cocktail Mexico is not the place to get lagered up. I tried the Margherita special of kiwifruit and salted caramel. It was lovely and sweet and tangy with no hint of tequila. I tried the regular Margherita to similar results. Both were pleasant enough drinks for the lamentably many people ordering Margheritas who don't actually like tequila.
Mexico had great ambience. The décor is modern Mexican with quirky paintings in the bar and an expansive mural on the interior wall. The restaurant has shared dining on wooden tables and benches well suited to it's quick and tasty style of dining. Although there was cutlery on the table the night we went most patrons were using fingers in true Mexican tradition.
The service at Mexico was remarkably good for Wellington. Even though the restaurant was very busy and had not been open long we were seated within 20 minutes of arriving, fed quickly and got everything we ordered without having to ask twice. Some of the waitresses had done their hair in Frida-style buns and flowers which added a nice touch to the ambience. The waitress who served our table was professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the food.
Mexico wouldn't be my first choice for a quick bite in Wellington but I would be happy to go back. I think if you stick to the tacos and beer you'll get a good quick feed at a fair price.