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Guzman y Gomez Quesadillas. $10 lunch review

By 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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29 Responses to Guzman y Gomez Quesadillas. $10 lunch review
#1
Disposable3:57 pm, 17 Aug 12

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.

#2
dpm4:24 pm, 17 Aug 12

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

#3
Madam Cholet5:05 pm, 17 Aug 12

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.

#4
poetix5:08 pm, 17 Aug 12

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.

#5
dpm6:26 pm, 17 Aug 12

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’…

#6
leneuromancer9:05 pm, 17 Aug 12

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

#7
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:42 pm, 17 Aug 12

Throwing a folded tortilla on a grill for 5 seconds does not make a quesadilla…

#8
damien haas10:04 pm, 17 Aug 12

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.

#9
nhand4210:09 am, 18 Aug 12

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.

#10
Disposable12:09 pm, 18 Aug 12

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.

#11
EvanJames11:20 pm, 18 Aug 12

$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.

#12
shauno10:38 am, 19 Aug 12

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.

#13
shauno10:47 am, 19 Aug 12

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.

#14
shauno10:51 am, 19 Aug 12

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

#15
johnboy11:03 am, 19 Aug 12

To be fair the menu is heavy on black beans and there are pretty good pork options

#16
Anti11:37 am, 19 Aug 12

Doesn’t look like ten bucks worth to me. Zambero is rubbish so I hope this place is better.

#17
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd12:53 pm, 19 Aug 12

Anti said :

Doesn’t look like ten bucks worth to me. Zambero is rubbish so I hope this place is better.

Zambreros is fine. Far better than mcshit or KFC or the like and tastier than subway. It’s nothing special but it’s far from rubbish.

#18
Madam Cholet5:35 pm, 19 Aug 12

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’ve had salmonella poisoning whn 4 months pregnant which is not pretty and rather scary when you don’t know how it may have effected your unborn child. I’m fairly certain that it was food from a cafe local to my work which was the the culprit. I lost 5 days of my life to the bathroom, lost weight when i should have been gaining it and had to use my sick leave up. I suffered ongoing pain for weeks and was petrified that my unborn child had also been harmed in some way. So if you don’t mind, I’ll take the opportunity to check things first. This is Canberra, not Angola. I take my son out a lot and put my trust in a lot of vendors, but if I can help it I’d rather avoid somewhere that has bad practices hey have been caught for.

A friend of mine who runs a business where food safety is of paramount importance understands from the health dept that closing a business down is not a decision that is taken lightly and will be because of a health risk to the public, not just because there was a blown lightbulb.

#19
Battlecat5:39 pm, 19 Aug 12

I don’t understand the hate for Zambreros. It’s my favourite food. I had Guzmen in Sydney a while back and didn’t like it, maybe I just have bad taste.

#20
Keijidosha9:24 am, 20 Aug 12

dpm said :

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

In a word – disgusting. Sam Kekovich should be ashamed to endorse such a lousy product.

#21
Spykler6:26 pm, 20 Aug 12

dpm said :

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

Mmmmm….the first two were great, but started to lose a bit of interest half way through the third one.

#22
OzChick9:53 pm, 20 Aug 12

I was told Zambrero Canberra Centre will be offering $5 burritos every Wednesday.

Can someone confirm this?

#23
Eyeball In A Quart J11:58 pm, 20 Aug 12

I think it’s fair to say that Canberra doesn’t offer any decent quality, authentic or otherwise, Mexican cuisine.

#24
Keijidosha12:36 pm, 22 Nov 12

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.

I dropped in to Guzman last week for some nachos and noticed a 10% price increase. That was a tipping point for me to turn on my heels. The quesadillas were already way overpriced IMO, and $11.50 for a handful of corn chips and toppings is laughable.

#25
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd1:43 pm, 22 Nov 12

Keijidosha said :

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.

I dropped in to Guzman last week for some nachos and noticed a 10% price increase. That was a tipping point for me to turn on my heels. The quesadillas were already way overpriced IMO, and $11.50 for a handful of corn chips and toppings is laughable.

I tried it when first opened. one bit of quesadilla, straight in the bin. disgusting.

#26
Keijidosha2:04 pm, 22 Nov 12

Following my previous comment (and in fairness to GYG), I’ve just noticed that Zambrero think their very average nachos offering is worth $12.50!

#27
c_c™2:10 pm, 22 Nov 12

I tried it the other day, after the price increase. Not much change out of $11 for a spicy chicken burrito that had only a couple of pieces of meat, was stodgy and dull and far from spicy. Tiny bit of salad that looked like they’d used a caulking gun to ration it, and a mountain of beans and rice as filler.

A very unsatisfying and pricey meal.

#28
Solidarity2:34 pm, 22 Nov 12

Is there any well priced food anymore? I was happy to find that Snag Stand opened up in Woden so I could stop spending $10+ on Burritos from Zambreros, but they leave me a bit dissapointed.

#29
devils_advocate2:56 pm, 22 Nov 12

shauno said :

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

Do you mean the hawker markets? That’s a completely different animal.

But agreed, it would be awesome. But labour costs are too high here to replicate the experience (including the middle-aged waitresses topping up your beer glass from a longneck of tiger sitting in an icebucket, haha)

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