Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria, Highpoint, Maribyrnong. Phone: 9988 1401
So a Mexican fast-food franchise is setting out its shingle at Highpoint.
It’s opening day and they’re giving away burritos for four hours.
Bennie is as excited as all get out.
It’s a happening, it involves free food, it’s at Highpoint – and some of his school friends have been talking about it.
My own expectations are more measured.
I have dark visions of unruly mobs, security guards, burritos that are mini.
As well, footy practice has endured until 7pm, leaving us a bare hour of free burrito time.
On the other hand, who knows?
I have a sneaking suspicion that food of this kind may not be too much different from that of some of the fancier and far more trendy and expensive Latin American eateries blossoming all over town.
My fears are allayed immediately upon arrival.
There’s a party time atmosphere going on but there’s no mad mobs, the mariachi band is in full voice and happy to ham it up for the crowd, and our order is taken within a minute.
Sadly, because of the opening night bash, we are thwarted in our desire to run through the side dishes such as black beans.
All we can get are a guava Jarritos, some corn chips and guacamole – and a burrito apiece, of course – for a grand total of $9.
The corn chips are very nice – they seem to be unsalted and more like the cake-y variety supplied by Taco Truck.
The guacamole is really good – fresh for sure, and a nice coarse mix.
Hey, this is starting to be a fine time, indeed!
Our burrito number is called just a few minutes after our order is placed and Bennie is at the counter to grab it.
Beef guerrero (mild) for him, spicy chicken guerrero for me.
Our burritos are foil-wrapped, with soft tortillas inside.
I heartily appreciate the fact they’ve been so cannily wrapped that the juices never even get close to leaking out the bottoms – right until the last bite.
Unlike, for instance, your typical kebeb!
Bennie barely pauses for breath while downing his beef number with gusto.
I may hear the odd “Good!” or “MMMmmmm” in the eating process, but I certainly hear a loud affirmation after his work is done.
“I reckon that’s the best burrito I’ve ever had,” he opines.
When I get into my chicken job I find out why.
Putting aside any and all notions of authenticity, this is some really, really good stuff.
The charred chicken flavour comes through, and the black beans, cheese, rice, salsa and pico de gallo all work together really well. There’s a mild chilli kick, but not in every mouthful
I couldn’t be happier or more surprised.
Maybe even a little bit shocked.
Whether these will look quite as good when the full $10.50 is being charged, without sides or trimmings, remains to be seen.
I reckon they may well do so. They’re a pretty good size, even at that price.
This place replaces a branch of China Bar we will not miss in the least.
And its neighbours are the usual suspects of Pancake Parlour, La Porchetta, Nando’s, Grill’d and the like.
Providing they maintain the quality, I can’t imagine them doing anything less than brisk business.
We’ve had a ball on opening night and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Check out of the full menu options at the company website here.