Mexicali Fresh

4 star rating 44 reviews

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09 5220990

15 Nuffield Street, Newmarket, Auckland

10 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Thu, Sun), 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri-Sat)


Reviews for Mexicali Fresh

3 star rating
by Ed
2 months ago

Not very good value for what you get. Service is not bad, and the decor is alright.
I have a few reservations in suggesting people trying this place.

Food: 5/10
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 14.5/25

4 star rating
by Zara Alexzandra Young
2 months ago

Tasty fresh food although it's not the fastest for takeaways especially at lunchtime. I've started ordering online then picking up to save time but when you order online it doesn't always discount the daily deal options which is a pain.
I feel like the layout of the counter could be improved (it's similar to subway-you watch them prepare the food and choose your options as they make it) it doesn't always seem to flow and you'll often be waiting for the people in front of you to finish choosing before you can pay- even if your food is ready first.
Not the cheapest option considering Mexican is quite cheap to make at home but the flavours are nice and you never feel too guilty after pigging out here because of the fresh veggies 👍🏻

4 star rating
by Lyricsakisi
3 months ago

I actually enjoy going to Mexicali Fresh. I always get there nachos and I love them every time. So I totally recommend the nachos haha. I love the set up of Mexicali in New Market. I will definitely go back when I'm in new market again. The prices are reasonable for the yummy food you get in return.

4 star rating
by Mel Jacka
3 months ago

Very tasty, love that there's Gluten Free options - I've been here A LOT over the past years.They have a rewards program which is well worth being a part of if you enjoy the food like I do.

5 star rating
by Kendall Farmer
4 months ago

The service at this Mexicali is the best out of any I've visited - they always remember my order, they remember to change their gloves before they start making my food and they are always smiling. Their food is awesome and they definitely have a loyal customer in me!

3 star rating
4 months ago

Fairly pricey Mexican food with limited amounts of meat in their meal options.

I've had their quesadilla before, and while filling, it's very bland and almost tasteless - it cost me about $20-22ish including the meat, fillings and 1 can of coke.

Their taco Tuesday's are worthwhile for $3 as it's a cheap and easy to snack on. I would recommend the 'medium' spice level as its a bit more tasty and has more texture, their 'hot' isn't very hot at all and is essentially just a tomato paste.

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3 star rating
by Vicki Ko
4 months ago

I'm usually not a huge fan of tacos or burritos so I got myself a quesadilla while my boyfriend got tacos. Mexicali has a pretty relaxed atmosphere which I like. Not much to comment on for service as it's basically just order what you want at the counter. The food is pretty good but I probably wouldn't come back heaps as it is pretty pricey for what you get. Taco tuesdays probably the only day you get what it's worth. Still good food though.

4 star rating
by Jaya
4 months ago

Easy, afforable, mexican comfort food. Love to come in here to snack on some tacos and quesadillas. Tasty and filling. They have specials everyday as well. Great prices!

1 star rating
by Devon Eastmond-Mein
5 months ago

Overpriced crap. $3.50 for a can of sprite. $15 for a crap burrito. Thoroughly disappointed. Average food at best. Sounds like this place is only worth coming to on taco Tuesday, but still, I probably won't be coming back.

2 star rating
by Tess Tickle Hotere
5 months ago

I've been here as couple of times between lunch and dinner as its my local and both times I've seen sparrows swoop in and pick at the fillings at the counter when none of the staff are looking. Someone needs to do something about it before someone gets sick. I do like the chain and prefer to go to the one in Krd now.

4 star rating
by Caitlin Watters
5 months ago

After a long drive back to Auckland from the Waikato I was looking for something close, good, cheap and not a burger. Mexicali Fresh was definitely a good choice. Super quick service and a decent burrito. 

The price isn't that bad and if you are looking for somewhere to grab a nice cheap eat then this is a good option. The burritos are filling and go really nicely with some ice cold mexican cola!

5 star rating
by Aniva Huang
5 months ago

I absolutely love Mexicali! The mince is nicely flavoured for such a affordable place.
If you haven't been to taco Tuesday, you haven't lived life.

Soft or hard shell mince or bean tacos for $3. Like fo real

4 star rating
by Aucklander
5 months ago

Popped in for lunch and grabbed a small side of corn chips , re-fried beans , cheese , guacamole and sour cream. Didn't want anything heavy and decided to have a cheeky Budweiser instead of something healthy.Total cost $14.

Have been here a few times before and the service is normally pretty good. In busy periods you have to shuffle along the queue next to one of those elevated eating areas but the Mexicali team tend to throw more staff on in peak periods.

One of their t shirts proclaimed 'practice Safe Mex' which I thought was a good play on words. 

Seems to be a regular haunt for some of the tech startups in Newmarket like Vend and Imarda..

3 star rating
by Norman Crawshaw
6 months ago

OK if you're desperate. The food isn't bad, but it isn't good either. The whole place is rather ho-hum. The food, ambience and service are just about acceptable but not much more. 

Mexican food is noted for its depth of flavour. If this was Mexican i'd eat my sombrero. Pretty flavour-less overall. Apparently there were pickles hiding somewhere that you could help yourself to, but no-one told us that.

The food was scooped out of pre-prepared bins (for want of a better word) and was bland, bland, bland.

Mexicali ? Only vaguely. Fresh ? Afraid not

4 star rating
by Kirsten Chan
6 months ago

Decided to pop in here for lunch for the first time. Ordered the taco salad and a friend ordered the Quesidilla. Very nice and fresh toppings in the taco salad amd the outside of it was so crunchy. At a price of $13.90 I like it! Might come by again if I'm desperate for some Mexican! ^_^

3 star rating
by Aimee R
9 months ago

Wouldn't go here again unless I was desperate. Very average food - didn't finish my nachos because they were so bland. If they improved their food the place might be better, because they have a nice spot there.

2 star rating
by Jo Y
10 months ago

This placed used to be good but on a recent visit has gone downhill. Used to be fresh food, good service and good value for money. For the same price you could have some fresh sharing plates at a Ponsonby road Mexican place with good service and much nicer decor. Disappointing.

5 star rating
by Georgie @ Georgieats
Aug 14, 2014

I really enjoy coming to this branch of Mexicali because the service is consistently good, the food is delicious and it is the perfect place to go to for a quick dinner before heading to the movies on Broadway. 

The food is not what I would call 'authentic Mexican'; it is more like the American version of Mexican food. That is okay though, because it is still tasty and filling. I usually order either a Burrito ($13.90) which comes with a variety of fillings or the Nachos (also $13.90) which comes with tortilla chips, your choice of meat, beans, cheese, sour cream and salsa. 

Most recently, my sister and I tried their 'Macho Nachos', which is part of the 'Signature Favourites' menu (see attached photo). At $16.90, they are HUGE. Best to share them between two otherwise it will be hard finishing them! They come with barbacoa beef, extra chargrilled chicken, refried beans, rice, cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Absolutely delicious and highly recommend!!!

5 star rating
by Laura Lock
Jun 07, 2014

This Mexicali is consistently great with good and service. Atmosphere is always fun and they have funky music to round out your experience when visiting.

We visited this week for an after work pre seeing friends dinner. I got the beef barbacoa nachos to change it up (normally I get the chicken taco salad which is a must try by the way - you can eat the bowl!), hubby felt like something with a lot of cheese so went for chicken quesadillas with jalapeños. Both were delicious and very filling.

The rest of the menu a items are really good. Have yet to try their tacos though!

They have a great range of drinks available, alcoholic and non alcoholic. We were a bit disappointed to see they didn't have any Dos Equis, as this is a favourite - hopefully they haven't stopped stocking it!

Laura | Laura Laura Blog

3 star rating
by Nataliya Hare
Jun 06, 2014

Not the best Mexican food I've had. I wood probably call it a Mexican style "Subway". I definitely wouldn't say it a restaurant experience. Good place to go to get quick lunch. A bit overpriced for what it is. No wonder it was really quiet.

4 star rating
by Amanda @ Move Love Eat
Jun 06, 2014

I was all set to have sushi for lunch when I saw a tweet that said something about tacos and I knew I was not going to be able to get Mexican out of my head until I got it so swiftly changed my mind. I don't usually order salads as I'm scared I will still be hungry afterwards however I gave the mango chicken salad a whirl with added guacamole (need to get my good fats in) and I was not disappointed at all! Great for a quick takeaway meal, just be careful with the wraps as the bigger ones can be getting up there in calories so are best as occasional foods ;)

2 star rating
by Charlotte
May 17, 2014

Very average food. Not surprisingly this place was quiet on a Friday evening, yet the tables were in need of a clean, despite there being plenty of staff available. There was an unhygienic feel to the place. Disappointing, won't be going back to the Newmarket location.

4 star rating
by Mina Ross
Apr 26, 2014

This was a quiet place on Anzac evening, and we managed to beat the rush (which was only about six people, to be honest). The staff were generous with the ingredients in our taco salads, even discarding an ugly shell in favour of a pristine one of their own volition to ensure our meals were as appetising as possible. We also grabbed our favourite guava flavoured sodas, which were as sweet as usual. There is ample seating, and the murals and decorations, like most Mexicali venues were in great condition. The tables were all exceptionally clean today, although the lighting is a little dim for my preference. The bathrooms are perfectly serviceable although out of hand towels and possessing an unfortunate turn knob door which made me nervous. T_T
Altogether a pleasant, casual meal with average, fairly bland, but filling food.

1 star rating
by Robert Thompson
Feb 28, 2014

Avoid this dump. It's rubbish. Worst so-called Mexican food that I have ever eaten. Bland insipid rubbish. They even stoop as low as to put rice in a burrito to bulk it out! Really low trick. Tables not cleaned promptly. Whole place dirty. Pigeons hanging around. Staff who can't speak English and buggered up my order and overcharged me. Really overpriced drinks for such a greasy spoon place. The so-called Kid menu is a real rip-off; $8 but you have to pay extra for meat !!!! Total rort. When I complained, the unprofessional staff were condescending, rude and unhelpful. Worst service in Newmarket. Never going near that dump again. Avoid!

4 star rating
by Nom Nom Panda
Jan 12, 2014

Mexicali Fresh is one of the options that are high on my list when I am looking for quick, healthy and tasty food. I usually go for the taco salad, because it has a decadent crunchy taco shell, yet feels healthy with mostly vegetables and your choice of protein. Items here are assembled to order, so not only do corn chips and taco shells retain their crunch, but you choose what fillings you want, including how much sour cream or guacamole to add.

I like the fact that they have a self-service salsa bar, so you can adjust your meal with an unlimited supply of pickled onions and/or salsas with varying degrees of hotness. Mexican beer and soft drinks are also available with your meal.

Since pretty much all the food is made from the same basic ingredients, the various options (burritos, nachos, quesadillas, etc.) all feel a bit like eating the same meal in different shapes. It's not something you would want to have every day, but I would pick this over kebabs or most other fast food options.

Note: not all branches of Mexicali are created equal. The one downtown seems pretty dire, with me being served a rancid taco shell once.

2 star rating
by Jackie Jollands
Dec 03, 2013

This place has been reasonable on other visits, never good but ok- but food a bit bland tonight, not very warm and I thought pricey for what you get - staff look a bit depressed.
Place looked a bit grubby.
I love Mexican food, however, not sure if I will go there again.

4 star rating
by SR
Nov 12, 2013

I've only been here once, so I'd give it a second go before I deem it bad. It ain't gourmet food, let's put it that way. Generous food portions, friendly staff and warm atmosphere. They have a huge menu. They serve Margaritas; what's not to like!

2 star rating
by Emily Da
Jul 13, 2013

Came here and I didn't like it. I asked for tacos, and the man got the shell and started adding all the ingredients to it right away. I didn't want the shell and I didn't want onions or cheese. They added everything without letting me have my say. The food was so average. It's just like a fast food place. Messy work, and my tacos were like nacho chips and lettuce... Not filling and not nice

4 star rating
by Yusoff Kamal
Sep 11, 2012

It's the upbeat place that I truly enjoy more than the food.

Food: Generous Serving and they taste good but not great.
Had the Mexican beverages.....not going to be my favourite but worth trying to find out.

Service: Great...the staff are friendly and fast.

A great place to eat and catch up with your friend.

5 star rating
by Georgia
Aug 26, 2012

This place is amazing!!!! Love the food, the staff are always friendly and helpful. I go on a regular basis and always lives up to my expectations (which are pretty high) I recommend this place to everyone! The food is great and very good value as I always leave full :)

4 star rating
by Amber
Jul 29, 2012

Great food, great staff, always very satisfied with our meals and stuffed full. Always visit when we come to Auckland.

3 star rating
by Eric
Jun 23, 2012

Food is good, comes out fast and reasonably priced. Would normally come here for a quick eat or if I've subway'd myself out for the week.

4 star rating
by Zoe Kirkman
Apr 05, 2012

Really tasty, fast and fresh- love all the salsas.
Cost is not bad considering it's a big meal.
As far as chain food goes this is awesome.

4 star rating
by Lauren Grigor
Nov 07, 2011

9 times out of 10 this place leaves me with a smile on my face. I go at least once a week. The food is delicious and appropriately priced however some of the staff are better than others at making things like burritos. I think there needs to be a bit of consistency with the training in order to get consistency with the food. The only meat I dislike is the mince, it's just a bit salty for me.

1 star rating
by Szandora
Jun 20, 2011

Epic fail on all levels. We absolutely love Mexican food and were looking forward to our meal here to say the least! Sadly disappointed. Service BAD, Food (mince tacos) was WAY over salty - so much so it was almost inedible...everything else in the tacos was Meh! indeed...
Note to staff: Broken tacos should be binned NOT reformed and served. Will not eat here and risk a lacklustre (understatement) meal ever again.

3 star rating
by David Boshier
Apr 18, 2011

A good place to take kids and let them choose their own meal. They can also play Playstation while they wait. The service is ok but nothing special.

The food is fresh,tasty and the beer is cold.

2 star rating
by Amy
Sep 18, 2010

This place used to be good when it first started, but they've kinda changed their menu [they have different kinds of meat choices now then they had before, for beef anyway] and i reckon its not as good as before.

3 star rating
by Leah
Aug 17, 2010

About a year ago, the service was really great. I used to go there about 4 times a week and they would always get orders right (which is a given, considering they do put everything together right in front of you) and remember almost everyone's names. I loved going there.

Last week, on 3 separate occasions I witnessed about 2 people trying to remake a burrito after it broke twice. A quesadilla I ordered had barely any cheese. I have also ordered and paid for fruit salsa and not got it in my burrito on several occasions over the last month - consequently the line would be so long that I just couldn't wait in the line again and ask for it.

Complaining on the spot for 3 different errors on the same visit just holds up the cue and I really don't like complaining as I know they're just doing their job.

But it really does makes me quite sad as Mexicali has always gotten a 5++ stars from me, but the service has really gone down hill recently and I am quite reluctant to dine there now.

(also to their defence, to the guy who was disgusted by them microwaving his food, FYI it's actually an industrial high speed oven)

5 star rating
by Lucy
Aug 14, 2010

This is a great place to come for a quick lunch or dinner - it's yummy Mexican food that never fails to disappoint. The servings are huge and the staff are SO friendly and helpful! Food is always fresh, the mood is always relaxed and fun and chill. Definitely try it!

5 star rating
by Lucy Beck
Jul 30, 2010

This place is awesome. The food is so fresh and it's always good. The staff is very friendly, and it takes just a couple of minutes to get your meal. We usually take the whole family and everyone gets exactly what they want. The kids meals are perfect and I can sit back and enjoy a nice margarita without breaking the bank.

4 star rating
by Evan King
May 26, 2010

There is nothing like fresh Mexican food made right before your eyes. These guys know how to make you feel like you are part of the family and the pricing is just right. If you're looking for a fresh, casual, meal, then I totally recommend this. Also has a great selection of Mexican Beers and their slushy Margs are awesome!.

2 star rating
by Ryan Judd
Mar 24, 2010

good selection, went here many times then went to the waterfront place and watched them microwaving my food in front of me so never been back since..

5 star rating
by Snopantha
Sep 21, 2009

the one thing that NZ needs more is Mexican places, and this fits right in that big taco shaped hole in our culinary choices.... by far the best burrito in Auckland (if not NZ) and anywhere thats serves a double decker taco gets an enthusiastic two thumbs up! the ingredients are fresh and the staff are friendly and fast. this is by far my favorite takeaway/fast food place!!! and the decor is very kickin especially for a cheap eats place like this!

4 star rating
by Beth Givens
Jun 09, 2007

A favourite on Friday nights. A sort of subway take on Mexican food (choose your ingredients and watch them make it). Only wish they opened a little earlier in the weekends so I could try the brunch options. (Boyf likes the range of beers available).