Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria - 8 Apr 2013

Cuisine: Mexican
Location: Northbridge
I’ve been meaning to pop by Guzman Y Gomez, a new Mexican joint that opened up and offered free burritos in their first week of opening as a publicity stunt and great form of marketing. Mexican seems to be the flavour at the moment sweeping Perth with several Mexican restaurants popping up. I haven’t eaten a huge amount of Mexican but the flavours are delicious. It’s probably one of those cuisines that people cook at home because they’re pretty quick, cheap and easy to make. So what’s Guzman offering to Perth patrons? Their chain is spread all over Australia with just the one store in Northbridge along James St. It’s a simple place with wide open spaces and several pictures and quotes relating to Mexico strewn across the walls. The venue has a very relaxed vibe with people shooting the breeze. As the night wore on it became pretty busy appealing to a wide audience from families, to singles, to couples, to groups of friends. Just enjoying the time, eating their Mexican fare and chatting away.

The menu comprises burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, sides and also a kids menu. Plenty to offer including gluten free options. I decided to have a burrito which comes with:

  • rice
  • cheddar cheese
  • vegetarian black beans
  • salsa
  • and a choice of filling all encased in a soft tortilla.

I chose the spicy chicken guerrero as my filling which is grilled chicken in GYG’s Guerrero marinade with Pico de Gallo (condiment made from chopped tomato, white onion, and chilis) and Tomatilla salsa. I also chose to have guacamole included as an addition. Make your way to the counter,  select what you want and grab a table number and wait patiently. To the far left is kind of a hidden area which offers condiments such as:

  • green pepper sauce
  • tabasco pepper sauce
  • chipotle pepper sauce
  • red onion salsa
  • green cut chillies in vinegar
  • parsley kind of salsa

After a reasonable wait, one of the waitstaff brought our meals. Mine was simply a foil wrapped roll. Once the foil was unwrapped, one bite into the burrito and there’s such a range of flavours. The tortilla is so soft but firm enough to hold all the ingredients together and it’s not soggy. Really tasty, it serves as a great vehicle to transport the other flavours like the refreshing and ultra smooth guacamole, the slight spicy flavours of the soft rice, the soft black beans, the gooeyness of the melting cheese and the moist tomato hit from the salsa. The chicken had a lovely grilled flavour with a slight crust on the outside of the chicken pieces while soft tender flesh awaited your tastebuds. The condiments add something extra to the meal but don’t be alarmed by the pepper sauces, they’re not extremely hot. Well that depends on your tolerance. One of the members of my dining party was howling while I just drunk one of the small containers of sauce. It did leave a bit of heat, but if you pour a bit over the burrito, it can add that little bite. So too the green cut chillies soaking in vinegar, a little bite but nothing extreme. What is really deceptive is how filling the meal is. I though for $13.90 ($11.90 for the burrito + $2 for guacamole) that this foil wrapped roll seemed kind of small. It’s a reasonable size but it packs a punch. It took some time to get through as I kept unrolling the foil and wondering if this roll has an end. With all the ingredients packed into it, the chicken and rice especially, I was stuffed.

Guzman Food Review Summary

Verdict: Guzman has a name you won’t forget and offers a range of Mexican fare at excellent prices in a lovely relaxed setting. The food is deceptively filling, packed with all kinds of flavours and textures. I loved the freshness of the guacamole, the grilled flavour of the chicken which there was plenty, the spiced tender rice, and the tomato hit from the salsa. The ultra soft tortilla holding it all together stays firms and never broke apart. I was really impressed with the excellent flavours and freshness that came through and really enjoyed my meal. As a comparison to Salsa’s, Guzman was streets ahead compared to the makings of a great meal at Salsa’s but lacking in flavour. Different eateries, Salsa’s more of a fast food chain, Guzman a cheap eats venue and an excellent one at that.
Price: Bargain
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Highly Recommend

Guzman Restaurant Details

http://www.guzmanygomez.com/
Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria Northbridge on Urbanspoon

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Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria - 8 Apr 2013, reviewed by Shaun on 2013-04-08T21:16:19+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5
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