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.
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.
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.
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.