Reviews for The Flying Burrito Brothers
My partner and I are huge fans of Mexican food, and as soon as we found out the Flying Mexican Brothers was coming to the Shore it was hard to contain our excitement. Unfortunately reality didn't live up to our expectations, and we were left slightly disappointed.
We've dined twice, both times around lunchtime and both times the restaurant has been basically empty. We've ordered the sharing platter which comprises of ceviche, chicken wings, quesadilla, taquitos, corn chips, salsa and its saving grace - chili con queso, a deliciously spicy cheese dip. While the food is good, the margaritas are better (if not a little sweet and weak), the Flying Burrito Brothers Albany needs to work on customer service and table attention as we left feeling neglected and as if we were a nuisance. Perhaps its a lunch time issue but service could be improved. Overall an enjoyable experience but it lacks the Mexican atmosphere we've become accustomed to eating out as much as we do.
one month ago
Went for lunch with my husband as we love mexican food. Very overpriced and definately no wow factor food wise . As it was lunch we ordered the crumbed jalapeños, there were 3! for $14! It said small bites not a bite. We also ordered the deep fried chicken rolls. There were 5 not much bigger than a cigarette and lastly We ordered the macho nachos. The corn chips were cold on the plate and the concoction in the bowl was a basic chilli con carn with mince meat and tinned tomatoes - wld have expected much better from a mexican trained chef! Little mexico in town is far superior in every way. Just wanted to try these guys as the were close. Won't be back.
by Jess Keen
one month ago
Yum!! I dined at this restaurant in the weekend for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. I had the prawn fajitas and found it delicious. The service was a bit slow especially seen as the restaurant wasn't very busy but the food definatly made up for it. Will definitely be back for more :)
by Gary Gordon
2 months ago
Friendly staff, which is a surprise given the owner/manager who takes your money at the end. Although it was hard to get served at some stages. Ok size portions, good taste, but with a very small bit of coleslaw on the side. We even got charged $5 more for some extra sour cream - seriously. He claimed it was an extra side when I disputed the charge, not the way to keep a restaurant going. Drinks are small for $10. Desert was tiny. $110 would have got us a far better snack elsewhere.
I wish I'd seen the other reviews before I went on a whim.
3 months ago
We are lovers of Mexican food and today we had lunch at the Flying Burrito Brothers in Albany. The cafe is well set up and the staff were welcoming and friendly. We ordered the Pollo Picante (habanero Chicken wings with chipotle mayonnaise), Quesadilla de Queso (folded tortilla, filled with cheese, chilli and coriander) and Taco Patatas (spiced potatoes with coriander cream and spring onions). The chicken had a very crisp and spicy coating and deliciously juicy inside, and the Tacos were full of mouth-watering flavour. The Quesadillas were very tasty but being a single folded tortilla, a bit meagre for the price. We shared a Chelada drink, a salt rimmed glass with lemon and lime over ice filled with Sol beer. Very tangy and refreshing. This is not a cheap eat but we believe the quality and flavours of the food offered and the environment makes it a worthwhile visit.
by Trin C
3 months ago
Took my friend there yesterday, we did not have a good experience at this restaurant. Was such a shame because it was my friend's first time to try Mexican food. We won't be rushing to go back there again.
The service was horrible, staff was inefficient they took forever to even give us water. They never helped us refil our water either. In addition, the manager or the owner was having a go at his staff in front of all their customers, that was very unprofessional. No customers want to hear this as it makes us feel very uncomfortable and awkward to watch.
Food:Food took forever to come, we waited for at least 45 minutes - 1 hour. We were so close to leaving the restaurant since there were many tables without food and it looked like we werent going to get our food any time soon. We thought we would give it another 5 minutes since we have already waited for this long and our food finally came after 5 minutes. The presentation of the food was amazing. I ordered Fajitas and requested for hot since most restaurants do not give you "real" spicy food. I can handle really hot food so I requested for "hot". When it arrived, I could already tell it was going to be REALLY hot because of the smoke was making our eyes watery and we started coughing. I started eating and oh my goodness it was the hottest meal I have ever had, it was so hot that it was not edible but since I had to wait for almost an hour for my food I was too hungry to care. However half way through my mouth and chest started burning I felt like my mouth was on fire! I didn't end up finishing my meal. To make it worse, I got really sick that night and is still feeling awkful today. Do not recommend anyone to request for "hot" unless you want to be sick for two days. Anyway, in terms of taste, it would have been really yum if I have chosen "mild" for the spice. But definitely not worth an hour wait though.
by Andrea Stratton
3 months ago
Great to finally have The Flying Burrito brothers in Auckland. Have been going to the Wgtn one for years and the Albany one doesn't disappoint. Great, fresh mexican food which we've enjoyed several times. I love the classic margaritas and the chipolte chicken burrito is yum! One of the best kids menus around too, everyone was happy. Will definitely be back!
by Reuben Gordon
3 months ago
Delicious food. Most enjoyable restaurant meal we've had in a while.
The ceviche, pulled pork tacos, and chipotle chicken burrito were all yummy!
Dessert was delicious too - we enjoyed the coconut flan and the banana chimichangas.
Will definitely be back!
4 months ago
I have been there three times, never again. The last time I went I took a friend and spent $120 on lunch. When it came to dessert I complained as it came out with goats millk caramel sauce (not listed on menu) on our banana wrap. Sounds petty to some but you either love or hate it and it was listed on another item on the menu. When I went to pay the maitre de refused to take the dessert off the bill and took my phone number. I was really perplexed. He then called me ten minutes later to say it was a franchise instruction that they had to follow and that if I came back in I could have a free dessert (wow). In my mind he should have solved this problem at the time. Its a silly thing to do, I am an Albany local as are many friends and family and in business you shouldn't be so tight, their prices are high enough to cover the price of a mere dessert.
5 months ago
Thursday night 6:30pm with booked table. Another large group arrived at the same time. We had to ask for a larger table after the one we started at didn't have enough chairs. Which was a little funny but shouldn't have needed to happen. Wait staff were fair/average, had to get attention several times for more drinks. Food was great, I tried the steak which is certainly not what I'd normally have at a Mexican joint but wow!! Better than almost any pub or steakhouse it was seriously good! All the other meals also meet with approval from the rest of the team. Dessert was ok, we were recommended the flan but it was pretty flat for taste. Nice that they were ok with Bill splitting for a group 8. Price for two of us was $100 that's 1x entree, 2x mains, 1x dessert and one drink. Over all pricey for what you're getting imho.
by Rose Ireland
6 months ago
we arrived at 6.50pm on a Saturday night, there were three of us, was told there was a 10 to 15 min wait, after 15 mins a table came available , unfortunately for us a table of four came in, so they gave the table to them first, we were told a table for us would be available next, we waited 5 more mins then a group of eight got the next table, needless to say we walked out! would never go back and have never been so insulted at a restaurant ever,
6 months ago
Extremely overpriced. Service mediocre. The rice tasted like uncle bens rice...... The cola was nice. Wouldn't go again. Mexico and mexacali much better!
by Phoebe W
7 months ago
Quick service, the food was delicious and the sangria was tasty but extremely overpriced - was meant to get 6 glasses out of the jug and we barely could fill 4 cups for $30. One particular waitress came across very rude and unenthusiastic and the other staff seemed a bit pushy for us to order more sangria and desert. Really disappointing atmosphere. The skull booths were ridiculously cramped and uncomfortable. The lighting in the booths also were too bright - I felt like I needed to wear sunglasses. Not that bothered on returning.
7 months ago
Had a delicious meal here last night for my son's birthday. The service was good, and we all enjoyed our meals. We shared some small plates: corn chips, salsa, guacamole, calamari. Then mains: pork & pineapple tacos , beef fajita, chicken enchilada, chicken flying burrito. Some of us had room for dessert: chocolate cake, banana chimichanga, coconut flan. There were 6 of us and we all really loved what we ordered.
Unfortunately they don't take bookings for less than 10, which is a bit annoying. However we turned up at 6pm on busy Saturday night, they were able to seat us immediately on the enclosed deck under the outdoor heaters so we were nice & warm. But I think there were other tables on the deck that were too cold due to proximity to gaps & heaters.
Also the car park doesn't seem to be finished, so not a lot of parking available (I would say this is the fault of developers/landlord, rather than Flying Burrito Brothers)
A great night, we will be back!
by Sue Conroy
7 months ago
Ok food, over priced. Poor wine selection. Asked by staff to move table halfway through dinner, Wouldn't go again
8 months ago
We had a 6pm booking on a Saturday night for 7 people. Mains arrived at 7.15pm. Desserts took 35 mins to arrive after we had finished mains and placed our order. The enchilada I ordered was nothing to write home about but there was only one tortilla on the plate instead of two (which I realised when I checked the menu when I got home). The waitress didn't come back regularly to check on our drinks, we always had to flag one down. It was very noisy, they had obviously overbooked as it was also very crowded with queues out the door. The childrens menu has a starter of corn chips with melted cheese. I personally think this should be removed as it then fills the kids up and they don't eat all of their dinner! Definitely will not be back, and I politely told the man when I paid, he didn't seem too interested.
by Catherine Milford
8 months ago
Thought I'd check out the North Shore's newest Mexican restaurant - after all, there are enough to choose from at the moment! Food was excellent although staff clearly very new - had to laugh when I asked a waitress for corn chips and she said she didn't know if that was ok because she was new... New, young staff can be worked on though. Salsa was fresh amd delicious, corn chips hand made and fajitas smoky and flavoursome. 2 small criticisms - no kids' menu that we could see or were offered...and that small extra bowl of corn chips - no more than 20 chips - was a whopping $5. I'd go again...but at $50 per head for a shared starter plate, mains each and shared desserts, it won't be too regular an occasion.
8 months ago
Just opened so a few teething problems with orders etc.
Otherwise the food that we did get was excellent.
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