Guzman Y Gomez
I hadn't eaten Mexican food for yonks. It's not something I often get the craving for but people have been carrying on about Guzman Y Gomez or more as it's more easily known as, 'that new Mexican place in The Emporium'.
Most recently, I heard a recommendation from my hairdresser. Over my 4hr hair session, she imparted wisdom in so many aspects of life that I found myself highly respecting her food recommendation too. In particular, the barramundi burrito from Guzman Y Gomez. This sounded too intriguing to pass by.
I organized a small cocktail outing with my closest girlfriends and we were to start the night at The Emporium.
My plans failed because I watched Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the afternoon (it was awesome, by the way) and ran out of time to get ready/transport myself to the Valley.
Luckily, Mochi hadn't left the house yet so was OK with a delay in our plan and Blossom, who had to get there from the Gold Coast, was also running late. It must be a girl thing. Somehow, we ended up at the restaurant around the same time.
Guzman Y Gomez has an expansive seating area with lots of large tables that encouraged sharing table space with other groups.
Mochi and I shivered in the cold at an outside table before we cleverly decided to move undercover.
There are a range of 'Mexican-themed' beverages available, including frozen margaritas, Coronas and tequila shots (don't think that counts as a beverage).
We tried the frozen margaritas first. My initial impression was 'eek too much tequila' because I hate tequila. After a while, I got used to it and the tangy, slightly savory flavor of the margarita came through. I actually think it's a very nice, refreshing drink! Perhaps more suitable for when the weather warms up. I ended up repeatedly taking off and putting on my coat because I'd get warmed up from the food and then chilled from the drink.
The menu looks complicated at first glance but really, it's a small number of actual items (taco, burrito...) and most of the choice is in the filling.
We ordered and sat back to wait. Which took under 5min. Seriously, waiting in line probably took longer than the food prep. I just had enough time to check out the tobasco-saucing station before my order was delivered.
I got a sample of green tobasco and Mochi dipped her knife in, tasted and pulled a face. This made me curious and I did the same and understood what she meant. It was super sour and super hot. Like spicy pickle sauce. I quite liked it :D. But not on its own.
Mochi chose 2 soft shell tacos - the vegetarian and the beef. She thought the bean part was pretty good. The taco shell (if you can call it 'shell' when it's soft) had a very strong corn flavor that we didn't expect.
Blossom also ordered 2 tacos. Hers were the spicy chicken flavor. She thought they tasted pretty average.
They both ordered guacamole too and I tasted a bit. Nothing special but it does help break up the meaty cheesiness of the rest of the food.
My barramundi burrito was brought out in a tightly wrapped foil roll. I unravelled it and started picking away. The fish part tasted a bit fishy. I didn't mind it but chicken or beef might've been a better choice.
I was surprised there was rice in the burrito (if I read the menu properly, I wouldn't have been surprised) but though I don't like rice, it was nicely seasoned and quite tasty. I asked for the wholemeal wrap and I ended up leaving most of it behind. It wasn't disgusting but I just though the burrito filling tasted better without it.
Overall we weren't too impressed by Guzman Y Gomez. I had very high expectations because of all the raves and I think I was expecting restaurant-quality Mexican when it was really more a fast-food joint. Maybe if I lower my expectations to match the price and speediness of production, I'd consider it to be good for fast food. In truth though, the photos on the website are luscious and vibrant and I don't think the food is that exciting in real life.