The Polite Unhinged Summary:
Located inside Ponsonby Central and next to the ever popular Burger Burger is Maldito Mendez. It is also inconspicuous as most people would not walk past Burger Burger and leave but if you want a little taste of South American cuisine then Maldito Mendez is a good place to start. Their cocktails are great and essential partners to the picadas and mains which are inspired by Latin America. A great place to chill for lunch or a starter drink and meal for a night out in town.
We came for lunch and it wasn’t very busy so we could be seated anywhere. The waitress was telling what the drink specials.
For most South American, Mexican or Latin American food in New Zealand – it is often more pricier than other cuisines for some reason. The prices were what you’d typically expect to pay in Ponsonby and for Latin American inspired food even though it costs a fraction in Latin America.
The Latin American inspired food is spicy, fresh and delicious. The quantity is somewhat lacking however it does make up for it in the flavour department. We had the Smoked Beef Empanadas, Jalapenos Rellanos, Mandioca Fries (Tapioca) and the Chicken enchiladas. These were great for sharing and between 2 people was enough for the tastebuds but not the tummy. However the true highlight are the cocktails – I recommend the Jalapeno cocktail with lime, refreshingly bold and strong!