14 July 2014
It is no secret that fast food TexMex is kinda gross. I’ve softened my old anti-Mexican food policy since my awesome Korean-Mexican fusion lunch at MIX. Guzman y Gomez looks like a typical Mexican fast food chain, but there’s more than the crappy greasy, cheesey and oily options on the menu.
Our food was prepared very quickly and came out freshly cooked and piping hot. We avoided the TexMex options (which I expect are popular with the drunken Northbridge crowds) and shared a few items between us.
Chips & salsa (large for $9)
The corn chips are awesome: crunchy, thick, and lightly salted. Definitely pay an extra $2.50 for the large size. The large comes with the same serving of chips, but like 3 or 4 times more dip. We seriously loved the guacamole which consisted mostly of incredibly fresh avocados. Great flavours from the tomatoes, Spanish onion (those are the red/purple ones), lemon juice, jalapeños, and coriander. Yummmm!
Tacos (3 for $11.50)
My noob dining companion had to bite his tongue to stop from proclaiming “" ("why don’t we have both?") while we were ordering. We did actually want both soft and hard tacos. The spicy chicken guerrero was delightfully char grilled. Each taco was spilling with fresh tomato and red onion salsa. A squeeze of lime and a little cheese for the hard taco and we devoured the lot.
The approach at Guzman is similar to constructing your custom bowl of ramen at Nao Japanese. Start by choosing a meat or veg filling and then decide how you want it served: burrito, nachos, tacos, enchilada, quesadilla, burrito bowl, or salad.
Check out the sweeeet free condiments! There’s 3 different sauces of varying spiciness (warning: the hot one is properly spicy). Load up with unlimited jalapeños, chopped red onion, and coriander. Mop up your delicious mess with a stack of packaged wet wipes. So pleased.
Burrito (regular for $11.90)
We wanted to try the pork chipotle and correctly decided that it worked best in a burrito. The pulled pork, rice, cheese, black beans, and salsa made a hefty and delicious filling. A soft flour tortilla contained this enormous meal, which is definitely enough for one person’s entire dinner.
There’s a bunch of alcoholic drinks including weird Mexican beers and fancied-up slushies. You’ll sit amongst the ever-popular exposed vents and fittings which I’m sure the hipsters long ago decided was too mainstream. Service is fast by McDonalds standards and our food only cost about $15. Guzman y Gomez is a keeper and miles better than many of the other Mexican offerings in Northbridge.
Likes: heaps of avocado in guacamole, fresh and tasty meals, not too oily
Dislikes: decisions, decisions… so many great menu options :)
Value for money: excellent
Overall: fast food that’s heaps better than most other Mexican joints in the area
87 James St
(08) 6365 4552