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Published June 8th 2016
I often cook Mexican food – it's one of my favourite cuisines – and when I heard about free burrito day for the grand opening of Guzman Y Gomez at Top Ryde Shopping Centre I just had to go. There's not much that's free these days so when you find something like this, that's also close to home, it ticks boxes straightaway.
I had never heard of this Mexican establishment before but I found they have a presence in multiple states with around 70 locations. They must be popular, I thought. My only concern about this free burrito day was that the queue at this major shopping centre would be horrendously long. No need to worry though about this.
Free burritos and burrito bowls from noon to 7pm was a good time frame and did get numbers in droves, but the queue moved so quickly we were barely in it for 5 minutes. We ordered and bought a couple of drinks, found a table and were about to sit down when our number was called to collect our lunch.
The queue - not a problem - it moved very quickly due to being well organised
Top marks for very fast service and being very well organised. Even whilst waiting in the queue you have waiters and waitresses roaming by with trays of guacamole and corn chips to try, whetting your appetite for more. They also hand you a leaflet on the special 'free burrito day' menu so that you can peruse what is available and decide what you want by the time you get to the counter.
Step 1 - Choose your style – burrito or burrito bowl – both contain rice, Jack cheese, vegetarian black beans, salsa and your choice of filling.
Step 2 – Choose your filling – 6 choices here – grilled chicken with guerrero marinade, pulled pork, grilled steak, pulled beef, pan seared barramundi in Mojo De Ajo (garlic & lime) sauce, and sautéed vegetables with fresh guacamole. Some great choices for something that was free.
Step 3 – Choose spicy or mild.
All very efficient.
My husband chose a burrito wrapped in a flour tortilla with the pulled pork option whilst I had a burrito bowl with the pulled beef. Both were deemed delicious.
Following opening day, a full menu is available that also includes tacos, nachos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and salads. A kid's menu is also accessible and, for dessert, there's hot churros rolled in cinnamon sugar with Dulce De Leche dipping sauce. Prices range from $5-16 for mains with sides and dessert at the $3 mark.
The Latin flavour is continued in the drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, from soft drinks to Mexican beers and frozen Margaritas.
Located in the Piazza on the ground floor, this taqueria has both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat outside at a bench table topped with beautiful mosaic tiles. Mexican artists are well supported in this chain and inside a large framed art work adorned a wall, depicting Mexican farmers and their produce. Loving art, this was another tick for me.
A surprise treat, as we were finishing up, came in the form of entertainment from mariachis singing and dancing to Latino songs. Dressed in traditional costumes, they topped off the experience.
Guzman Y Gomez, also known as GYG, are big on not only supporting Mexican artists but also in lending their support to the under-privileged kids at Mission Mexico refuge. With the latter, gold coin donations are welcome at their taquerias. Proceeds assist in funding education and support services. Your help inspires dreams of a brighter future. Read more about this wonderful mission online.
Each time a new location opens, GYG have a free burrito day. Follow them on Facebook to find out when and where the next one is.
Many boxes were ticked at this taqueria where you can dine in or take away. Good value and tasty food. I can't wait to go back.