Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
- Mon – Thur 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm
- Fri 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 3am
- Sat 5pm – 3am
- Sun 5pm – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Pan de Muerto, Mystic Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar is an authentic Mexican restaurant based in Wellington, New Zealand. The new restaurant represents the progression of the original Pan de Muerto concept that first opened in 2010.
The new restaurant brings to the Wellington dining set authentic regional home cooking/street food, using mainly imported ingredients alongside locally grown produce to create the most authentic Mexican dishes, just how it is prepared in Mexico.
Pan de Muerto has created a very unique and friendly dining experience which caters for people of all ages. Pan de Muerto is now widely known for its friendly atmosphere, incredible decor and flavorsome food.
The new restaurant takes Mexican dining to another level. The interior design has to be seen to be believed. As you enter the restaurant you step into another world, with a mix of contemporary and rustic design, and subtle details that will surprise. An infusion of friendly human size skeletons is scattered throughout the restaurant named. Affectionately named “Pedro”, this smiling sugar skull takes pride of place on the restaurants logo and is fast becoming synonymous with Mexican food lovers all across New Zealand.
Like the design of the restaurant the food has been meticulously prepared and executed. The chefs like to keep it simple, just as they do back in the homeland. However, the new restaurant is approaching new territory by experimenting with a more modern twist on some of its traditional dishes.
We look forward to having you dine with us soon.
36 Reviews for Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
The margaritas are divine. They even use the machete from the movie ‘Machete’ to chop blocks of ice to make the traditional margaritas. Very impressive sight! But if you get the chance to try the current special – coconut and pineapple margaritas, you WILL be back for more! Extremely addictive.
The food is rather delicious. The portions are huge and well worth the price. Seems that the ingredients are top quality and everything is made on site. You must try the chimichungas, especially the pork ones-you’ll be ordering a second no doubt! Try the burrito (easily split between 2 so you can leave room for dessert!) Now to top it all off, imagine 3 lovely liqeur glasses – the first full of white chocolate, the second with berries or cherries and 2 lovely chocolate biscotti and for the piece de resistance…chocolate mousse with chipotle and salted caramel on top.. This trio de chocolate is so delicious it’s hard to stray and try something else! I did however try the tarta caramelo which was also delicious but it’s that trio that has me keep coming back for more.
The ambience is great. Even though it does get packed out more often than not, the noise levels are fine. The decor is quite amazing- apparently they’ve had a couple of special effects guys from Weta in to do it all up. When you go, have a look for the skeletons dotted around the place. Apparently one is called Pan and the other Puerto. Really interesting decor and a good outdoor/indoor smoking room which is rather perfect for a sneaky cigar..
What can I say, I’ve taken a few different groups of friends down to try Pan de Muerto and not only do I keep going back but so do they with their groups Moreof friends. Says it all. It’s good, real good.
Staff: Friendly and very attentive!
A feast for the eyes and stomach! Meticulous attention to detail from the recycled timbers, colourful paints and tiles used, to the miniature skulls entwined in the wrought iron windowless panes at the entrance; the ingredients of the cocktails as well as the presentation, choice and sensory delights of the traditional and contemporary Mexican food on offer. This place is well worth the visit!
The menu is great. If you want your classic Mexican dish, no problem, but if your looking for something with a bit of a twist, then this is the place to go! We had a small muck up with the entrees but if we had even been concerned as soon as you take a bite all is good with the world! The food here is excellent.
I see other reviews complaining about the size of the mains which I thought was a bit harsh. The size of the mains are fine, as is the price point. In fact, we thought the prices were good so we ordered entrees as well. We met the owner who took time out to come over to our table and welcome us, which put a personal touch to the evening. I’m looking forward to returning and sampling more of what Pan de Muerto has to offer!
We started off with the pork chimichangas with chipotle mayo! So moorish!!! I moved onto the duck confit with nasty beans while by dining companion had the Pork belly! We shared the meals and they were both awesome! Such a massive depth in flavours and I was in awe. I have been a chef for 10 years and I absolutely loved the food and I just wanted more and more.
Then it was time for dessert. I had the brûlée and my companion had the caramel tart and they were both flawless! I will return again to try more of the menu that looks so delicious.
Visited November 2013
Visited September 2013
Visited July 2013
Visited July 2013
The ‘new’ winter menu, well that was nothing to rave about. This restaurant claims to be authentic and contemporary. However, Chimichangas Vegetariana and Pan de Muerto creamy Chimichurri. To my knowledge Chimichurri is an Argentinian accompaniment. The dish was lacking flavour and generally insipid. We also had the Jalapenos rellenos, which is the same as the Jalapenos rellenos that I have seen in the frozen foods section at the supermarket!
The main courses were a real let down. Again, it was just very bland, lacking flavour and just a waste of stomach space. By this stage I found myself wondering if there was a Mexican chef running the kitchen – I’m guessing not!
Dessert felt as though it was trying to appeal to typical ‘western tastes’, again feeling staged. To me the Burrito de fruta is tex mex to the core, and not contemporary Mexican cuisine. The last thing I want see on a dessert menu is a deep fried burrito stuffed with canned fruit! If I’m not wrong, burritos are traditionally stuffed only with meat.
If I am being honest, this whole experience was very lack lustre. We have eaten at authentic Mexican restaurants such as La Boca Loca, Caliente and Viva Mexico before and tMorehe difference between them and Pan de Muerto is akin to comparing apples and oranges.
I most definitely won’t be wasting my time returning to this restaurant again.
Visited April 2013
He was not really interested!
Weeeeeeeeeellllllll, there were highs and lows, we got the Mexican colas, which were life changing, so so so good, jaritos cola, with a lime wedge, and a cinnamon stick!! It was the best thing ever! We had to wait about 20 mins for a table – not unreasonable for a fri night, and they gave us complimentary corn chips and salsa! Very much appciated!
When I ordered my beloved jalapeños rollenios I was utterly disappointed. They had changed!! They are now super spicy, and I couldn’t eat them…. I can’t tell you how gutted I was. I complained to the waitress, and manager, who both cheerfully said that the menu had changed, and the restarant was under new management… So disappointed.
Our mains were absolutely delicious, and a definite improvement on the old place / menu (although i did love the old place / menu) but small portions, and we’re we’re still hungry afterwards…
All in all a mixed bag. Love the new place, tables are a bit crowded, staff were friendly and professional, food came our quickly, it was a little pricy I thought, $95 for 2 adults & a child, 2 entrees, 3 (small) mains, and 3 colas…..
We will go back though, I like it… Just need to get over the post jalapeño depression.
Visited February 2013
Service is shocking (took an hour and 5 minutes to get a margarita tonight) and our meals around an hour and a half.
Food was so-so and the margarita, when it eventually arrived, was hopeless.
Management needs a good shakeup and the waiting staff a good kicking, aside from the one new girl who did her best to keep people happy with no support from her coworkers.
Avoid this place.
My friend looked through the drinks menu and didn’t see what he was looking for so asked the guy behind the bar. The response was a sarcastic “Have you tried looking at the menu?”. My friend then tried to elicit a suitable response to a rather simple question, however the bar man thwarted any attempt to receive a cool beverage with his final overly sarcastic proclamation “this is a Mexican place”. Gob smacked we were. A simple yes or no would’ve been enough.
Everything was overpriced and the service certainly won’t save this place. I don’t imagine it’s going to last the distance if they carry on like this. Bring back the old Pan de Muerto I say!
Visited February 2013
Obviously the wait staff have upped their game since some of the other reviews as they were absolutely fantastic and for those of you who find it important, my water glass remained topped up at all times.
Will definitely be back to try some more of their offerings. An amazing fit out, friendly staff and well priced tasty food.
As part of a group of over 10 the only complaint would be the requirement to split the bill into even portions. Easy way around this is to order entrees/bar snacks from the bar and prepay if the rest of the group just want mains. This is definitely worth it to try the jalapenos.
The food is delicious, and just the right level of spice. Personal favourites are the pork chimichangas (can’t get enough of these!), the duck tacos with yummy pineapple salsa and the pomegranate brulle. You’ll definitely want to make room for all three courses here, you’ll be missing out otherwise.
The drinks menu is impressive and has some of the best cocktails I’ve seen in Wellington. I’m still working my way through all of the options but the Commonwealth is my top pick so far, very different! It’s also nice to see a good variety of Mexican beers, makes a change from the usual Heineken. Big fan of the frozen margarita jugs too!
The staff have always been friendly and helpful, and seem to know the menu well. They also coped well with a large group, nobody was left waiting for their food while others were eating. The decor is gorgeous, especially the bar. Even the bathrooms are something special!
I’ll be back again soon, this is my new favourite dining spot.
But everything was wrong man. The table was wrong. The service was wrong. The food was wrong. If only it were just one thing that went wrong. But it wasn’t.
Not enough guacamole. Not enough corn chips. Not enough water service. Not enough everything.
I’m sad about this place, in 3 months time it will be empty because they blew it.
I’m not going back. Not even to see if they’ve picked up their game.
The bill came to $100 on the dot. And that made me happy, because OCD.
Having booked a few days in advance, I was really disappointed to have been given one of the tables for two in the middle of all the foot traffic in the restaurant. This particularly galled, when we saw walk-ins being seated at the quieter side tables (there were no reserved signs on the tables). Our table was also a bit unstable, and if one of us lifted our arms off it, the table would go for a little spin.
As friendly as the server was, we didn’t get a second beer that was ordered, and after waiting 10 minutes for the menus to look at dessert, we gave up and had to flag down the server to give our order without looking at the menu again. We had to ask for a refill of water, and the server then refilled the glass of the person who had asked, and ignored the other glass which was nearly empty. Serving 101 – fail.
The food was pretty pedestrian. The dip starter was extra greasy and served with too few corn chips for the amount of dip. The mains (we had a beef burrito and fish tacos) were fairly ordinary for the price paid. Hoping for some dessert delight, the churros looked great, but there was uncooked batter in the middle, and the chocolate sauce tasted a bit like ice cream syrup.
All in all, we had high hopes, but they weren’t met. The decor was the most interesting thing about the restaurant. We won’t be going back.
On the good side, the food was well-prepared and tasty and there are some different dishes (to the usual KiwiMex fare) like the Alambre. The beef Alambre was particularly tasty, the chicken less so. The pork enchiladas were fairly average. The chimichangas were nice. The serving sizes weren’t particularly generous but were adequate.
The decor is terrific, especially the demon on a bike, and the toilets were nice and clean.
On the not-so-good side, the service wasn’t brilliant – we ordered the chimichangas as a main and it was brought out about 40 mins before our other mains were served. Our beef and chicken Alambre orders were mixed up.
The selection of wine by the glass was poor.
Perhaps the most off-putting thing about the place is the very low lighting. I have good eyesight and yet found it almost impossible to read the menu by the lights where I was sitting. Clearly we weren’t the only ones having difficulty as the staff had a torch that they were passing around from table to table so that patrons could read their menus! When I suggested to the waiter that he turn up the lights, he said the boss liked them like that for the atmosphere. Well, there is atmosphere and then there is blind stupidity (literally). This disregard for diners’ needs means we will not be going back to Pan de Muerto.
Visited March 2012
The food is very surprising. It is hard to say if it is truly Mexican or not, I think this food go a bit further and create something new (I have been in Mexico many times). Every meal we chose had a different subtle flavor, even the steak, which comes with a spicy-lemony tomato sauce. We also had chicken mole, Atzeca soup, and ceviche. The ceviche lacks a little bit more lime and coriander and maybe salt and had too much cucumber instead, it taste fresh, but needs more personality. The soup and the chicken were really nice. But maybe the best part of the meal were the dessert. The pomegranate brulee was delicious (but the cookies too hard?) and the churros were by far the best in town, accompanied by a tasty goat cheese caramel.
Everything tastes really fresh and I can see the freedom and the passion of the kitchen shining in every aspect of the food.
The portion were really well sized and well priced, so that we left really light in our stomach and wallet, which makes worth it to come back again and again.
Visited December 2012