As an American-Asian-Australian one might imagine that my taste in food can take many interesting twists and turns. While I love living in Melbourne there are certain foods that I have found hard to find here as compared to the USA. One is that it is lacking an Uno's Pizza restaurant, the other is that good, affordable Mexican is a rare find.
Therefore, I was pleased to wander across Guzman y Gomez while strolling around Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD. The menu offers beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian options and is made fresh to order. I ordered chicken quesadillas, which were filling and tasty. I was the most impressed with the corn chips as they were light and crunchy and came with chunky salsa (although the salsa could have used a bit more sauce to it as opposed to just the juicy chunks of tomatoes).
Mexican food seems to be the popular trend at the moment and while a few fast food restaurants and Mexican restaurants have popped up in the past few months, some have been around Melbourne for several years. I have friends and family who have raved about Mamasita, also located in the CBD, but be warned they only take reservations for groups (8 people minimum), so if you are keen, you'll need to get in line up when they open.
There is also the Mexican food chain of Taco Bill. This has a bit of a bad reputation among my friends and family, but I have found it depends on which restaurant location you actually go to. While I was not a fan of the location near Russell Street in the city, the one on Collins Street and the one on Bay Street in Brighton do offer nice meals. Yes, it's a bit of the commercialised version of Mexican cuisine, but even for a picky North American gal I find this fare meal worthy.