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67 Victoria St West
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Ph (09) 373 2311
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The history of Mexican food has been greatly influenced by the Spanish.

In the 15th Century when the Spanish arrived in Mexico the 2 cultures resisted each other because they were so different, but throughout history the two styles have influenced each other. The indigenous had tropical fruits and herbs, hot chillies, sweet potatoes, avocados, and turkeys and, of course, the Mexican staples of corn and frijoles or beans. The Spanish brought domestic meats and poultry, cheese and dairy products, wheat, sugar cane, wine and of course that Spanish appetite that encourages a substantial cooking style.

The result is a rich, tasty and spicy cuisine, which is also adaptable and widely appealing. Skilled preparation will result in mouth watering, subtle flavours. Regional food styles vary and each area has its own specialities. Food in the north tends to be simpler. The highlands specialise in better known dishes such as enchiladas and tamales. The Gulf coast offers a great variety of fish and shellfish dishes often cooked with sauce such as tomato, olive and capers - clearly a European influence. The Oaxaca area is known for its cheese quesadillas. In the last few years Mexican food has been strongly influenced from USA, especially California and Texas, where Mexican food is the second largest cooking style after Italian. Californian's added more cheese and proteins but the food was changed to one that is more suited to fast food operations.



Tortillas are the Mexican equivalent of bread in New Zealand. Made with traditionally ground corn, but also flour, as a base, they are similar in appearance to a thin pancake and are eaten with many Mexican dishes that are quite often eaten with hands.

Salsas are really important in Mexican food. Spicy and flavoured sauces add zest to any dish. The most common style of salsa is made with tomato, garlic, onions, and chillies as a base. Salsa is eaten with everything.


We have to say that Chillies are the heart of Mexican food. Jalapeno, Serrano, Anaheim, Poblano are found in almost every Mexican dish as they give special token to meal.

Guacamole is made with avocado and is eaten a lot in Mexico regardless of the time, whether in the morning or in the afternoon. Guacamole is important to Mexican Cuisine and it is adored by all Mexicans.

Now that you know a little bit about Mexican cuisine, come and enjoy typical Mexican food in the Mexican Café. Join in with us and enjoy live Latin American music and feel the cosy and warm Latin culture, Caliente!