Guzman y Gomez Quesadillas. $10 lunch review

johnboy 17 August 2012 29

quesadillas

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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devils_advocate devils_advocate 2:56 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)

Solidarity Solidarity 2:34 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.

c_c™ 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.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 2:04 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!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:43 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.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 12:36 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.

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 11:58 pm 20 Aug 12

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

OzChick OzChick 9:53 pm 20 Aug 12

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

Can someone confirm this?

Spykler Spykler 6:26 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.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 9:24 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.

Battlecat Battlecat 5:39 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.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 5:35 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.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:53 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.

Anti Anti 11:37 am 19 Aug 12

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

shauno shauno 10:51 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

    johnboy johnboy 11:03 am 19 Aug 12

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

shauno shauno 10:47 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.

shauno shauno 10:38 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.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:20 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.

Disposable Disposable 12:09 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.

nhand42 nhand42 10:09 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.

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