MexiCali Interview

Diego’s has been supplying MexiCali some of their Mexican essentials for a few years now and absolutely love working with them and seeing how they use our products. Not only do we supply products for them but we are day-one fans of the restaurant as customers. We had a chat with Nigel Squibb, the Operations Manager at MexiCali, here’s how it went.

Could you give a brief introduction of yourself for those that may not know you?

Hey, I’m an ex pat Tasmanian and a lifelong hospitality career professional. This industry has allowed me to travel the world as Aussie food & brand ambassador, chef, media personality, presenter, consultant and all-round maverick to the industry. I have a wealth of knowledge getting businesses to the next level and am excited to play a part in Mexicali’s next steps – it’s extremely exciting, a great success story! 


If you could describe Mexicali in 3 words what would they be?

Innovative, Quality, Authentic


Where did the name MexiCali originate from and is there a meaning behind it? 

The name came from our collective great experiences in Mexico and Southern California and sampling everything these regions have to offer!


What is your favourite menu item?

I have quite a few of favorite’s actually! I love the ‘share’ idea as I always get food envy! I love the jalapeno poppers, Blue Swimmer Crab tostadas, Moreton Bay Bug Tacos, Cape Grim Rump Cap (great Tassie Beef), plus omg did I mention our array of tacos – love them all! Best choice for me is the Chef’s banquet as I can never decide!


Is there anything new and exciting in the works for Mexicali in the future?

There is so much in the pipeline for Mexi in the very near future! We are soon to open a 2nd location in Brisbane and this will be followed with lots of other exciting things very soon after. WATCH THIS SPACE, it is extremely exciting in our world currently!!!!


Mexicali is all over social media not just with margaritas and delicious Mexican fare but also the infamous sign down the stairs. Who comes up with the witty puns/sayings behind the sign?

All these ‘quirky’ little things that you notice are the brain child of our Managing Director, Luke. He is brilliant with his eye for detail, sayings, quotes & funky little things – thanks for noticing!


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Burleigh Heads Qld 4220 Australia

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