Running errands in Wollongong are tiring, even more exhausting when you've walked from Fairy Meadow Station to Wollongong Station (almost 40 min walk, sorry, waiting for the train was a lengthy time) for Vietnamese cuisine only to find the restaurant was closed, for celebratory New Years reasons. However, as I turned my back in disbelief and near anger, I noticed a spacious restaurant dressed in the natural light but with a dark, contemporary design. Flipping a coin with my companion, who was edging for Thai, I had won and we turned to the Mexican Guzman Y Gomez, gazing at the menu-screens.
Settling for the enchilada and my companion for barramundi salad, we didn't wait for long as the overfilling dish of enchilada appeared in a close 10 minutes, loaded with guacamole and salsa. Salsa was fresh, guacamole was creamy, every bite of the enchilada was a mouthful and corn chips were crunchy. The food was very appetizing and most certainly filling, I did not finish my dish; it was the same result with my companion, almost completed salad but could not fit any more food in our large stomachs. However, for the separate price of enchilada or salad under twenty dollars (around $13-14 mark), it is such great value especially of the kind gesture of overfilling the dish and just the general deliciousness.
The menu offers most popular Mexican dishes such as the burrito with variations such as fajita, enchilada and burrito bowl, soft/hard shell tacos, nachos, quesadillas, salads, kid's menu and dessert which they serve the classic churro. What's terrific is that the restaurant is in cooperation with Misịn Mexico to raise funds for disadvantaged children by giving shelter and other essential needs. Every Tuesday, the restaurant also holds Instagram (hashtaging GYGHero) competitions of capturing the best picture of their meal and in prize for the best shot, the winner will receive a free burrito!
Transport to Guzman Y Gomez will depend on where you are located; there are currently 26 restaurants in NSW, so there is plenty of restaurants where you can stop and enjoy the Mexican-Latin infused art and music (from Wollongong, the walk from station to restaurant is around 8 minutes). Service was more than I could ever ask for, waiters were kind, politely asked if the meals were delicious for our standards and the nice gentleman kindly updated me on the wait for the barramundi salad for my friend with a wide smile, plus wink. Additionally, when a new GYG opens up, the restaurant gives out free burritos! I honestly could not find any faults to GYG; if I were to pull out insignificant details, the music was a bit too loud but talking and listening to another person is still audible.
Overall, fantastic first impression of the restaurant, left me feeling happy and full! Delicious meals, great/cheap prices, efficiency, friendly service and hopefully, I will come by these restaurants again!
ALTERNATIVE: Try out Grill'd for healthy and delicious burgers with low-carb options (around the same price as GYG)