Maldito Mendez

4 star rating 17 reviews

Telephone 09-378 9107

4 Brown St
Ponsonby Central
Auckland City

Mexican, South American
Mon - Sun 11.30am - late
Provided by business


Maldito Mendez is located in Ponsonby Central precinct. Serving South American and Latin street food – a delicious range of snacks, empanadas, tacos, ceviches and mains. Tapas/streetfood plus some Mexican food.


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Chorizo, calamari and prawn cazuela

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Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Meals Served:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Reviews for Maldito Mendez

4 star rating
by Roger C.
21st June 2014

Loved the Ceviche – great way to start. The manuka smoked steak was cooked perfectly and had a great flavour topped by yummy chimichuirri. Delicious! Fish Tacos were good, but nothing special. Will be back.

4 star rating
by Felicity P.
14th June 2014

Always good …. just wish it was bigger as very disappointed when you can’t get a table as it is always full ! Good sign

4 star rating
by Taryn M.
21st April 2014

Best Ceviche in Auckland!!

Would give a full rating except sufficient seating is generally an issue each time we go.

2 star rating
by Steve B.
13th April 2014

Rating Maldito Mendez terrible wasn’t fair but it was poor. We had two glasses of wine, two taco meals, corn chips and a margarita = $86[!]. The margarita tequila was cheap, $15 for corn chips and salsa was insane, the piece of plastic in my fish taco that I thought was a fish scale wasn’t great but the lack of flavor was worse. We had chicken and fish taco’s and the only difference was the chicken and the fish… The chicken was crumbed and the flavor bland. The server was prompt and did a fine job but when you are handed back plastic from your meal – perhaps you could make a quiet apology. I wish I hadn’t. I won’t again.

5 star rating
by Mike P.
20th January 2014

This is a genuine 5 star review based on numerous positive visits.
Maldito Mendez is a great restaurant :) The food is unbelievable! If you have a sophisticated appreciation for flavour, you’re going to love it here. Quality ingredients (their meat is free-range and fresh, sourced from Neat Meats across from them in Ponsonby Central). Very talented chefs, portion sizes are very reasonable. Staff are friendly and attentive. This is a very fun restaurant that provides amazing food and an unpretentious environment. A wonderful afternoon hangout spot.

5 star rating
by Jordan B.
9th January 2014

This establishment exceeded my expectations in every regard. As I entered the ambiance was authentic South American. Cute tables. The waitress was on to it and very kind.

I started with a ceviche which was lovely fresh and light. A waiter recommended a chilli ginger margarita because it was a Monday and they were on special.

For mains I got a smoked steak which was absolutely amazing, and my vegetarian wife got a bean and egg dish which she seamed to enjoy even more than me.

Overall amazing food drink and accommodating service. Great for the vegetarians and health conscious.

4 star rating
by Jade L.
22nd November 2013

Authentic Mexican food!
Great place to dine with small group of friends

I love their fish tacos, while my partner enjoyed their coconut chicken tacos.

Speed: 4/5
Ambience: 4.5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5

5 star rating
by Rick V.
13th November 2013

I had the wonderful smokey steak, couldn’t fault, cooked to perfection and still juicy. Others in our group also raved. Most recommended. We’ve also been as a group and had the back room to ourselves, great.

5 star rating
by Brian H.
28th August 2013

This place is awesome. The food is amazing and never disappoints. We frequent the place often. Friendly staff are always helpful. Try the weekend brunch – it comes with a coffee or a mimosa included in the price.

4 star rating
by Lisa
15th August 2013

Hey I am perplexed too. We popped in here one Sunday night after a recommendation From Max at Jimmy The Fish. We were not disappointed. We had a lovely little corner table and started off with the beef empanada which was fantastic and the croquette with romesco, great, love that sauce. Then the fish taco, fresh and tasty. My beloved had the smoky rib eye and has been raving to all who will listen about how very good it was! We will be back!

5 star rating
by Sarah F.
23rd June 2013

I’m really perplexed with the negative reviews for this restaurant. In my opinion Maldito Mendez really over deliver given the price. The food is fresh, spicy, tasty, real! We had a quick lunch with my 4 year old. ‘Chips’ of cassava were light and delicious (and the non potato ness not detected by little sir). We ordered some little things, one main and some sides. Goodness. Pineapple slaw! Ceviche! So much gorgeous fresh lime and chili. And then the duck mole. Hot and earthy with a fresh balance where the heat complimented the dish rather than overpowering it. We had a little sangria. That was pretty tasty too. Would have had more but Mr. 4 was campaigning to go. On paying spied something amazing and chocolatey I need to go back for next time.

5 star rating
by Sarah G.
10th June 2013

Had a fun night with friends and some great food, very economic – croquettas with romesco very nice, duck mole the standout dish, and flan with rum raisins nice finish. Try the hibiscus margaritas and the passionfruit caipiroska, fresh fruit ingredients.
Busy and fun atmosphere, we will be back!

2 star rating
by James M.
8th May 2013

We had 3 starters to share – a braised beef in a foldover bread which was OK, a salad which was fresh and good and a cheese and chorizo dish which was very poor and had literally 3 tiny rounds of chorizo in the whole thing. The dishes were average overall but priced apparently reasonably, around $15 each.

Service was very slow and we had to ask for everything each time as they were non-attentive. After we left we realised they had overcharged us $50 on top of our food and wine.

Hit and miss food, slow service and got stung for $50 – which at best was a shoddy error, at worst a ripoff… The Argentinian grill opposite has been consistently better food

1 star rating
by Janice J.
1st April 2013

This is not a place for large groups at all… Maldito Mendez says they are happy to take bookings for groups of eight or more but the service my party received definitely says otherwise. It was a terrible experience from start to finish. After being informed by Ponsonby Central that Maldito would handle the booking for my group, I never received a promised call from the restaurant. When I eventually did chase it up, I booked for my party and then received a call saying there was a minimum spend per person. Though this spend was within the bounds of what was normal to spend on a meal, it was a bit on the nose being informed of this after the fact of booking. Come the night of the dinner, the supposed private dining room resembled a store cupboard, complete with cardboard boxes and fire extinguishers and other patrons coming through to use the bathroom or exit. And the service we received from the staff matched it perfectly. Drinks were ordered and set down at the end of the table for us to figure out whose was what. Plates of food were literally thrown across the table at my guests. The Manager had the worst manners of any of the wait staff – surly and sarcastic for no apparent reason. The final insult was dealt when the waitress lost track of who had paid for what on the bill and demanded a mystery $15 and told us it was our fault for being a large group. The experience we had at this place was so bad it is actually still a talking point between us!

5 star rating
by Jef W.
9th March 2013

Restrained prices on adequate portions of great food, friendly staff, not a paper plate in sight, several beers and wines on tap as well as by the bottle. Photocopied paper menus so I guess the food on offer changes often – as it should if it’s going to be fresh and in season.

2 star rating
by Marcio B.
8th February 2013

Not the most friendly of hosts. Order at the counter when we are seating outside. PAPER plates! Sloppy service. Not a fan at all!

5 star rating
by Melanie V.
29th November 2012

Wow , stunningly good food, we had the duck – delicious , the spicy fish very tasty and the leek and cheese empanada yum .Service quick , staff friendly . We sat outside for lunch, really nice environment , there is a long table inside in a private area which we were told we could request for a large group – perfect.

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