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Mexican Specialities was started in 2000 by Jose and Maria, initially at the Parnell market and later in their Ellerslie café. Both natives of Mexico City, their passion for food, service and uncompromising focus on food quality made Mexican Specialities a haven for people who wanted to experience truly authentic Mexican food – made by Mexican hands. Their café and shop at Marua Road, Ellerslie, became space dedicated to Mexico with a bit of everything, just like home.

After 15 years Jose and Maria have decided to chase new adventures. Mexican Specialities’ new owner Chonticha [“Christine”] is excited to continue the tradition that Jose and Maria started – a small part of Mexico we can all share. Christine is a dedicated Foodie and food perfectionist. She and her family have been loyal followers of Mexican Specialities’ Ellerslie café since it first opened, and her children have grown with a regular Saturday morning walk to Mexican Specialities for their weekly Mex fix.
Be assured, Jose’s amazing recipes will remain faithful and be made for you the way he made them – after all why change perfection? The only thing that will continue to change, and has already moved, is adding more opening hours – this is something you have asked us to do, so we have.
In addition to authentic Mexican comfort food, just the way Jose made it, Mexican Specialities sells a unique collection of Mexican Hand Crafts, both online and in the café, and has a fantastic range of Mexican packaged foods that can be enjoyed at home - the staples of any honest Mexican meal.

Mexican Specialities café and shop has been upgraded in Christmas 2014, and continues to be what you, our customers, have made it – a home away from home, and a small slice of Mexico we can all share.

Through the website we will continue to reach out to bring Mexico closer to your home.

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