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Guzman y Gomez Quesadillas. $10 lunch review

By johnboy - 17 August 2012 29

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After yesterday’s excitement today the much hyped Guzman y Gomez commenced normal operations.

Even at 11:50 the joint was jumping. They run a clever “take the money first” system which gets you a number which in turn emerges from the kitchen.

They’re definitely staffed up for a rush, probably more than 1 employee per square metre in there and flames belching off the grill in a pleasing and exciting manner.

The burrito is $10.50 so for the scope of this review I went for 2 quesadillas for $7.50.

The decor is pleasing wood tones and intriguingly they’re licensed with mexican beers, frozen margeritas, and tequila shots on offer.

To be honest I was expecting the more tex mex sincronizada de queso but one can hardly fault them for being more authentic than a taco bell.

My pork chipotle and steak chipotle’s were adequately fiery without being excessive and hot sauces are available if you really hate your tastebuds.

All in all not bad, worth a second visit and we might do a burrito showdown with Zambrero when things get to normal.

But compared to the gold standard of the Burmese Curry Place?

Well I’m still hungry, and it was 50c more.

Worth giving a try for dinner before hitting the town though.

(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)


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Guzman y Gomez Quesadillas. $10 lunch review
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Disposable 3:57 pm
17 Aug 12
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I headed in there this afternoon after seeing your pics JB.

I was amazed to see that they serve Jose Cuervo Reposada as their standard Tequila. They also have Bundaberg ginger beer which always makes me smile.

I was most impressed with their free condiment bar as they have all you can eat Chipotle, Habanero, and Tobasco sauces. The absolute best part of my visit and the bit I can’t believe anyone has mentioned yet is that they have free all you can eat Jalapenos!

I asked the staff member about the Jalapenos and he told me that they were pickled which took a bit of the shine off then he told me you can have all the free fresh Jalapenos you want – you just have to ask. This is seriously good news for a chilli freak. I hope this isn’t just an opening special type of thing though.

I had a chipotle steak and a beef Quesadilla. The food wasn’t amazing and was a touch on the bland side in my opinion but I assume these are just teething problems until they get it right. They only opened yesterday after all so I will definitely give them another shot next week. I am keen to try the chicken and pork next.

I still don’t think the food is even close to Francisco’s Mexican Cantina in Manuka but it is hard to compete with perfection. I prefer Mad Mex as well over Guzman Y Gomez at this stage but both chains have the annoyingly runny meat that gets all over you. They do provide heaps of napkins though!

Guzman is miles ahead of Zambrero in my opinion also. That is a shame though as Zambrero is a Canberra born company. Hopefully they will lift their game now.

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dpm 4:24 pm
17 Aug 12
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…but has anyone reviewed the new Maccas Lamb burger yet? They are under $10 (just)!

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Madam Cholet 5:05 pm
17 Aug 12
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BTW does anyone know why Francisco’s Cantina in Manuka experienced the ACT Health ban hammer a few months ago? Have been keen to try it as it looks quite kid friendly but would like to have an idea what their crime was. They opened again promptly so can’t have been a huge problem.

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poetix 5:08 pm
17 Aug 12
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dpm said :

…but has anyone reviewed the new Maccas Lamb burger yet? They are under $10 (just)!

Well why don’t you? Glad to hear they’re not fleecing people. It sounds like a baahgain, for all you wolves. Shear delight.

I will stop it now.

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dpm 6:26 pm
17 Aug 12
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poetix said :

dpm said :

…but has anyone reviewed the new Maccas Lamb burger yet? They are under $10 (just)!

Well why don’t you? Glad to hear they’re not fleecing people. It sounds like a baahgain, for all you wolves. Shear delight.

I will stop it now.

Come now, their slogan for this burger is: ‘It’s lamb, seriously’, so you’re not helping!
I would review it, but Maccas is already quite popular, and I ‘don’t follow the flock’…

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leneuromancer 9:05 pm
17 Aug 12
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Disposable said :

… don’t think the food is even close to Francisco’s Mexican Cantina in Manuka but it is hard to compete with perfection

umm, say what? Francisco’s and perfection?? surely you jest??? …just because there is no other option should one grant this honour by default! Suggest you take a trip to Mexico/Texas/Arizona/New Mexico/California

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:42 pm
17 Aug 12
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Throwing a folded tortilla on a grill for 5 seconds does not make a quesadilla…

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damien haas 10:04 pm
17 Aug 12
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If you do visit the south west of the US, try and eat at small local family run restaurants, not fast food outlets (which are largely franchised and identical US-wide). Even LA has some great non-cheese dripping mexican food. In Pomona we found a great local restaurant that had an enormus menu with meat options including tripe!

Mexican soft drinks are pretty good too, especially the tamarind flavoured one.

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nhand42 10:09 am
18 Aug 12
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Madam Cholet said :

BTW does anyone know why Francisco’s Cantina in Manuka experienced the ACT Health ban hammer a few months ago? Have been keen to try it as it looks quite kid friendly but would like to have an idea what their crime was. They opened again promptly so can’t have been a huge problem.

I’ve no idea what their crime was, either, but I’ve been eating there for months without incident. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. My work team goes there at least once a week for lunch. It’s perfect for lunch because they serve it quickly (ten minutes is typical) and there’s cheap undercover parking nearby. There are $10 meals on the menu but we normally spend $15 each.

One of my work colleagues who lived and worked in Texas said the ribs (half or full rack) are on par with the Tex-Mex in the USA.

Two thumbs up.

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Disposable 12:09 pm
18 Aug 12
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Madam Cholet said :

BTW does anyone know why Francisco’s Cantina in Manuka experienced the ACT Health ban hammer a few months ago? Have been keen to try it as it looks quite kid friendly but would like to have an idea what their crime was. They opened again promptly so can’t have been a huge problem.

I hadn’t heard that at all. I have been eating there regularly for years and apart from attempting to eat ridiculous amounts of food and stuffing myself I have never had any dramas whatsoever. I had dinner there last night as well.

The owners are absolutely fantastic people who are the best restaurateurs I have ever met.

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EvanJames 11:20 pm
18 Aug 12
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$10.50 for a BURRITO? Oh dear. Good mexican food is peasant food…earthy and filling and good. Cannot imagine what they’re serving at this place but suspect it’s tex-mex. Proper mexican would have a preponderance of beans, not beef. And pork before beef.

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shauno 10:38 am
19 Aug 12
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Madam Cholet said :

BTW does anyone know why Francisco’s Cantina in Manuka experienced the ACT Health ban hammer a few months ago? Have been keen to try it as it looks quite kid friendly but would like to have an idea what their crime was. They opened again promptly so can’t have been a huge problem.

Hi

Ive spent alot of time in Africa and mean alot of time lol. In places most people don’t go and I had disantry once in Angola lasted 3 weeks no treatment haha. Its not a good idea doing that but I thought i could beat it and I did but not recommended the way i did it. But what im sayings is its good to not over care for your kids. Its good to let them get dirty and play its good for their immune system. I hardly get sick at all. When offshore the only time i have gotten a cold is from guys from the UK or Europe.

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shauno 10:47 am
19 Aug 12
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shauno said :

Madam Cholet said :

BTW does anyone know why Francisco’s Cantina in Manuka experienced the ACT Health ban hammer a few months ago? Have been keen to try it as it looks quite kid friendly but would like to have an idea what their crime was. They opened again promptly so can’t have been a huge problem.

Hi

Ive spent alot of time in Africa and mean alot of time lol. In places most people don’t go and I had disantry once in Angola lasted 3 weeks no treatment haha. Its not a good idea doing that but I thought i could beat it and I did but not recommended the way i did it. But what im sayings is its good to not over care for your kids. Its good to let them get dirty and play its good for their immune system. I hardly get sick at all. When offshore the only time i have gotten a cold is from guys from the UK or Europe.

I have to qualify nothing i said above relates to the restaurant mentioned was just a comment related to a post.

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shauno 10:51 am
19 Aug 12
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EvanJames said :

$10.50 for a BURRITO? Oh dear. Good mexican food is peasant food…earthy and filling and good. Cannot imagine what they’re serving at this place but suspect it’s tex-mex. Proper mexican would have a preponderance of beans, not beef. And pork before beef.

Its an idea imagine if Canberra had food courts like Singapore? Pepper crab for $25

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johnboy 11:03 am
19 Aug 12
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To be fair the menu is heavy on black beans and there are pretty good pork options

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