15 February 2013

Guava & guerrero in Guzman y Gomez, Northbridge



There hasn't been a fast food opening that generated so much publicity in Perth for as long as I can recall as that of Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria. If you didn't hear about it, their opening day included giving away nearly 5,000 burritos for free to the hungry masses that flocked by.

Since I work only a five minute or so walk away, I've been wanting so very much to sample the fare here - especially after hearing about how delicious this place is (despite really being a fast food joint). However work's been a little crazy lately so instead I headed here for dinner one night with Jeremy instead.

The place seems to be a hipster mecca. Hoards of people sat inside and out, skinny jeans rife and slicked back hair like I was sitting in a sixties diner. The vibe is electric and everyone eating looks incredibly happy and joyful at the experience. I couldn't help but think to myself, could the food be really that great?

I was soon going to find out.

Quesadillas

For my dinner I choose two quesadillas. The first is a Spicy Pork Chipotle Quesadilla which is slow roasted in spicy chipotle marinade and comes in a grilled soft corn tortilla with melted cheddar, pico de gallo and tomatillo salsa. It's not as spicy as the menu suggested but it tastes great. The cheddar has picked up a really smokey flavour which I enjoy so much. The meat is tender and soft to the tooth. The only downfall is that the quesadilla is so hot that I can't pick it up and the paper starts to stick to it. However once I remove the paper it lies on (which is very funky in appearance), the problem is solved.

My other quesadilla is the Spicy Chicken Guerrero. It's grilled chicken in a guerrero marinade with pico de gallo, melted cheese and tomatillo salsa. This is my favourite of the two - it's phenomenal! The chicken is so juicy and succulent; and the cheese works in perfectly harmony with them. Unlike the pork which is soft and shredded, the chicken is more solid which means the quesadilla is easier to eat.

Jarritos

I wash down my meal with a Mexican soft drink - Jarritos - which seems to be taking Perth by storm. Guava is my flavour of choice, and Jeremy chooses a lime. They're sweet, bubbly and wonderful.

Pork chipotle burrito

Jeremy chooses the Pork Chipotle Burrito. It's a soft tortilla roll with rice, cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa and slow roasted pork in a spicy chipotle marinade. The size is pretty reasonable; the filling fresh and flavoursome. I can tell he's enjoying it - he's making all the right noises and smiling in appreciation.

I steal a bite and note the great combination of textures and tastes. The black beans in particular are really great and I make a mental note to try a burrito next time we come back here.

Inside GyG

I have to say for fast food, this is pretty tasty and fresh. The price is cheap and I can definitely understand why this chain has taken off in the eastern states. I particularly like how clean the restaurant is, with staff milling about and cleaning up as soon as a table is vacated. It's exactly the kind of assurance one would want from a place like this. Fast, friendly and fantastic food and service. It might not be fine dining, but it tasted good.


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2 comments:

  1. Did you see if there was any gluten free tortillas available? I could tell on their online menu.

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    1. I dont think it said :( sorry I should have kept an eye out! Not as much fun but they did have some really delicious sounding salads if not? If I go back soon I'll let you know about the tortillas - hopefully they do!

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