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Free Burrito Day comes to Canberra

By johnboy 18 July 2012 43

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Guzman Y Gomez have certainly got the punters in Sydney raving about them.

Now they’re coming to Canberra (which one hopes if nothing else will encourage Zambreros to stop stinging me $2 for a miserable smear of avocado).

What’s of interest is they’re promising Free burritos on 3 August between 11am and 8pm at their Canberra Centre store on Bunda Street.

UPDATE 02/08/12 10:43: This in from the GyG team:

Hi John,

We were really looking forward to GYG Canberra opening this week but unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances and a bit of bad luck we’ve had to delay our opening.

Our Free Burrito Day at GYG Canberra will now be Thursday 16th August, 11am-8pm.

Hope to see you all there to help us celebrate!

Regards,
Alison

UPDATE 16/08/12 11:46: It seems a free burrito comes with a wait.

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MarkJ 9:53 am 16 Aug 12

Masquara said :

It wasn’t Mexican – idjit! : ) – it was Portuguese! Run by the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat.

Odd that it was named Viva Zapata then. Named after the famous Portuguese goalkeeper Jesus Zapata no doubt.

I live in Macgregor 12:27 am 16 Aug 12

watto23 said :

There is no one that sells real mexican food in Canberra, closest would be Franciscos. Most of the US restaurants are also often more tex-mex than pure mexican.

The Mexican food bar at Bus Depot markets is authentic. It’s owned and run by real Mexicans. Food is very good. Had a delicious chimichanga there recently.

poetix 10:33 pm 15 Aug 12

OzChick said :

Zambrero in Canberra Centre opened today. They had $5 burritos all day. Tomorrow, when GYG opens, Zambrero will be offering a free bottle of water with every purchase.

In other news, I was told that there will be a mariachi band at the Canberra Centre to celebrate the opening of GYG!!

Mexican standoff!

Masquara 10:24 pm 15 Aug 12

MarkJ said :

Ages ago there used to be a Mexican restaurant at the O’Connor shops in a tiny space between All Bar Nun and Delicateating. Can’t for the life of me remember the name but I recall that it seemed a bit more authentic than the likes of Montezumas, e.g. it had stuff like nopales (prickly pear) salad. Think they may have moved briefly to the Sydney Building on Northbourne Ave when All Bar Nun expanded, but closed pretty shortly afterwards.

It wasn’t Mexican – idjit! : ) – it was Portuguese! Run by the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat.

OzChick 8:34 pm 15 Aug 12

Zambrero in Canberra Centre opened today. They had $5 burritos all day. Tomorrow, when GYG opens, Zambrero will be offering a free bottle of water with every purchase.

In other news, I was told that there will be a mariachi band at the Canberra Centre to celebrate the opening of GYG!!

MarkJ 12:59 pm 02 Aug 12

Ages ago there used to be a Mexican restaurant at the O’Connor shops in a tiny space between All Bar Nun and Delicateating. Can’t for the life of me remember the name but I recall that it seemed a bit more authentic than the likes of Montezumas, e.g. it had stuff like nopales (prickly pear) salad. Think they may have moved briefly to the Sydney Building on Northbourne Ave when All Bar Nun expanded, but closed pretty shortly afterwards.

watto23 11:48 am 02 Aug 12

I love zambreros except for the weird opening times of the Erindale store. Closed sundays and closes earylish most nights.

There is no one that sells real mexican food in Canberra, closest would be Franciscos. Most of the US restaurants are also often more tex-mex than pure mexican.

Still if it tastes good who cares!

johnboy 10:45 am 02 Aug 12

Burrito delayed!

This in from the GyG team:

    Hi John,
    We were really looking forward to GYG Canberra opening this week but unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances and a bit of bad luck we’ve had to delay our opening.

    Our Free Burrito Day at GYG Canberra will now be Thursday 16th August, 11am-8pm.

    Hope to see you all there to help us celebrate!

    Regards,
    Alison

GardeningGirl 4:18 pm 01 Aug 12

dtc said :

rosscoact said :

I’d be happy if there was a proper mexican restaurant in Canberra. You know, the ones that sell mexican food (as opposed to TexMex or worst, the toned down Australian version of TexMex)

what was that ‘mexican’ restaurant that used to be downstairs on London Cct (may be still is, for all i know). fantastic sunflower seed dip; otherwise was a good place to get v drunk with lots of students.

That was Montezumas. The other one was in Woden.

Does anyone remember the name of the one that used to be in Giles Street Kingston?

DrKoresh 3:08 pm 01 Aug 12

EvanJames said :

The advent of Mission tortillas is encouraging, but more stuff is needed or we’re condemned to Old El Paso stuff. Which isn’t Mexican.

What?! But… but… they had that little mexican looking girl who invented soft tacos! You can’t be telling me it was all a lie!

NoAddedMSG 1:56 pm 01 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

What about fresh tomatillas? Any nurseries in the ACT sell the plants?
.

You can grow them from seed – two years ago I got mine from Cornucopia Seeds online, and while all my tomatoes were a disaster that year, the tomatillos produced huge amounts of fruit, to the point where we got sick of eating them and started given bags away.

Mysteryman 1:52 pm 01 Aug 12

PickedANickname said :

Do yourself a favour and go out to the Majura Park centre (ex Brand Depot) and go to Frank n Beans. The burritos and pulled pork tacos are wonderful. Everything has been great there.

I also love Francisco’s. That is my annual birthday dinner!

These places are both more Tex-Mex than straight Mexican, but really bold delicious flavours.

Montezuma’s was just awful the last few years it was open.

I’ve been to Fancisco’s once and the food was cheesy slop on a plate. It was awful. I don’t even consider it to be Mexican.

Madam Cholet 12:54 pm 01 Aug 12

Just had lunch at Frank and Beanz at Majura Park a la suggestion at #22 in this post. Have to admit to getting only the kids size meal for myself and the kid, but to be honest….not impressed. Sausage, whilst clearly made of ground meat and therefore a decent texture was tasteless, and the bread roll had way too much sugar in it. The organic nachos were of a strange flavor too….not quite salty, not quite cheesy, but again, maybe a bit on the sweet side. Would have to be pretty hungry to try this place again.

And the service….well as always with Canberra and I suppose food courts…definitely came without the smile.

Hate to say it but McDonald’s provides much better. Will stick with sushi next time!

Sic 2:39 pm 19 Jul 12

I always get loaded up at Zambrero’s in Belconnen, same every time I’ve eaten at Erindale.

The City interchange one is awful though, light on toppings, and I swear every time I ask for Lamb there I’m either getting beef or mutton. I’d rather eat McDonalds than the interchange crap.

rosscoact 2:19 pm 19 Jul 12

poetix said :

johnboy said :

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pulled+pork

What is Google?

🙂

poetix 2:07 pm 19 Jul 12

johnboy said :

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pulled+pork

What is Google?

poetix 2:01 pm 19 Jul 12

PickedANickname said :

… pulled pork tacos …

What is pulled pork? (She asked, gingerly.)

rosscoact 1:58 pm 19 Jul 12

I’m not trying to be contraty but I found that Fanciscos is adequate if you want something similar to TexMex food but without the things that make makes TexMex interesting.

I’ll have a look at Frank N Beans though. I cook pulled pork a lot and of course it’s a southern US food not even TexMex but certainly delicious.

I know what you mean about the cost of ingredients, USA foods is the best online place and there are a few chili heads that sell dried but of course you really need fresh and dried to make the flavours. I’m a slack gardner and the whole mutation thing has me stumped so I don’t even bother anymore but summer’s just around the corner so always time to plant again.

What about fresh tomatillas? Any nurseries in the ACT sell the plants?

Does anyone know of a mexican person in the ACT who is a good cook? Maybe there’s more than one way to skin a frajita.

dtc 1:43 pm 19 Jul 12

rosscoact said :

I’d be happy if there was a proper mexican restaurant in Canberra. You know, the ones that sell mexican food (as opposed to TexMex or worst, the toned down Australian version of TexMex)

what was that ‘mexican’ restaurant that used to be downstairs on London Cct (may be still is, for all i know). fantastic sunflower seed dip; otherwise was a good place to get v drunk with lots of students.

EvanJames 1:29 pm 19 Jul 12

poetix said :

rosscoact said :

I’d be happy if there was a proper mexican restaurant in Canberra. You know, the ones that sell mexican food (as opposed to TexMex or worst, the toned down Australian version of TexMex)

I was amazed by how good real Mexican food is when I was in the US (even in Wisconsin).

Yep. As far as I know, we do not have Mexican food in Australia. We have Mexican-themed party food. The real earthy good stuff, you need to be in southern US. I can make a bit of it here, but you need things like Hominy (corn soaked in Lime) and buying it here costs a bomb (the fruit and V shop at Manuka sells it), and to find the correct chillies.

Name me any of these so-called Mexican restaurants that sells Menudo or Posole! Mexican food is a peasant food, it’s pork and corn based, it’s earthy and comforting. And very moreish. The beans are more Pinto beans than Kidney beans, but try finding Pinto beans easily here.

The advent of Mission tortillas is encouraging, but more stuff is needed or we’re condemned to Old El Paso stuff. Which isn’t Mexican.

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