Caliente: Mexico in the City
Wellington City 04-385 1000
- Mon – Thur 11am – 10pm
- Fri & Sat 11am – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 100 people, plus a Private Room (contact us for details)
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Previously Perretts Corner Cafe.
Caliente was born out of a desire to bring to Wellington…The Food, The Colours, The Expression…of Mexico.
Experience the passion at Caliente Mexican Restaurant.
We are focus to create Authentic Mexican Cuisine. We are able to do it by using real Mexican ingredients, cooking techniques, fresh products to give the best for our customers. For Lunch we create Mexican Street Food & for Dinner we create Contemporary Mexican Cuisine.
*Lunch – Mexican Street food
*Dinner – Contemporary Mexican Cuisine
Caliente Team Management –
*Mike Moore (Director)
*Lainie Antonio (Front of the House Manager)
*Alfredo Icedo (Head Chef).
11 Reviews for Caliente: Mexico in the City
Service was the real let down. Ended up ordering drinks from the bar after a long wait. Hopefully teething problems but unfortunately I think not.
As soon as I stepped into the cavernous space, I felt transported back to San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful little Mexican town set atop the hills of Guanajuato, Mexico. There are little artisan touches throughout, and lots of festive colour.
Our party ordered the classic margaritas on the rocks, which are excellent with the rim of salt.
For the entrees, we had the guacamole with salsa and freshmade corn chips. Man, it’s been a long time since I tasted fresh corn chips. It made me SO HAPPY. Little touches like this throughout our meal made the visit worthwhile.
The taquitoes were scrumptious, with a lovely balance between the sweet and acidic tang of the pineapple with the richness of the braised duck; definitely a standout for the evening.
For the main, duck mole. Compliments to the chef on making an excellent mole for my duck, which was cooked to medium-rare perfection with gorgeous crispy skin.
I had a taste of everything, and enjoyed it all.
We had no room for dessert, but will definitely be back for it as well as the new street food lunch menu. I love a good taco and can’t wait to try theirs.
Authentic Latin atmosphere and great music. Awesome venue and a cool place to come with friends.
Menu are all in spanish which makes selection entertaining. The waiter was able to help and everyone liked their choices. Good sized portions and most importantly delicious!
We had dinner at Caliente and we had Cochinita Pibil (Crispy Pork Belly) & Brisket Birria (Braised Brisket) and they said that it was cooked for more than 2 days, Wow!!! It literally melted in the mouth. Our mains were absolutely delicious. The mains at Caliente were incredibly authentic, we were both transported to Mexico.
We decided to finish a lovely meal with dessert….and my god was that a good decision! We had the Pan De Muerto and Chocolate, Chile and Vanilla…..it was to die for! The Chocolate Chile was rich, creamy and had a wonderful kick of chile at the end. My partner said his Pan De Muerto was amazing and soft. Our waiter told us that it is baked fresh on site every day and we can see that she wasn’t telling fibs!
It was such a lovely night, we will be going back again soon.
The quality of what was served was beyond anything I have experienced from a Mexican restaurant and I would go so far to say this has to be one of The southern hemisphere’s best Mexican dining experiences.
The decor and lighting and expeience of the waiter is still a work in progress but that was completely overshadowed by the absolute quality of the food. We will be back as this is now my favorite place in Wellington.