Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria, Highpoint, Maribyrnong. Phone: 9988 1401
We attended the opening night of Guzman Y Gomez at Highpoint to take advantage of and really enjoy the free burritos.
We’ve been back several times since.
But this unusual – for us – Sunday dinner trip feels a little different.
We’ve been unable to decide between his preferences – spicy Asian or Indo-Chinese in Footscray – and my own for something a little less familiar, further afield and/or blog-worthy.
We pull over for a quick tactical discussion and then we’re happily off to Highpoint.
And we’re not going because other chores have taken us to Highpoint.
Nor is it about Bennie’s dad giving his son an always desired fast-food experience.
No, we’re headed this way because we really, truly do enjoy the food here.
This seems something of a revelation – who would’ve thunk it?
The guacamole (plastic tub) and corn chips (paper bag) cost $5 and are super.
It seems a little surreal to be eating something as fresh and tasty as this gorgeous, chunky guacamole amid such a typically fast-food ambiance.
The corn chips have changed and no longer have such a distinctive thickness or texture. These are still good and crunchy, though. They appear to be unsalted – but we prefer that over too much salt.
And we love them not only dipped in the avocado dip but also in the zippy, smoky, complementary chipotle Tabasco (plastic tub).
Bennie gobbles up his beef quesadilas ($8.50, cardboard tray) with gusto and relish.
They appear to be a bit skimpy on substance to me, though.
Especially when compared to the house burritos.
Indeed, so good and hefty are these that I have long since abandoned the full-size models for the “mini” version.
My “mini” pork chipotle burrito ($6.90, cardboard tray) is fantastic.
The pork is tender and not so spicy, while the rice and black beans are in just the right proportions.
And as with the avocado, so it is with the cheese in my burrito – who ever heard of eating cheese in a fast-food joint that has really good, significant flavour of, um , cheese?
We treat ourselves to a couple of Jarritos – Mexican cola for him, guava for him. And even these seem a pretty fair deal at $4 each in light of the amounts charged at franchise joints for regulation non-fancy soft drinks.
We reckon Guzman Y Gomez is superior to a similar operation at Southern Cross station and another that has been hitting the west lately.