Don't expect big sombreros at Zambrero. Do expect big, fresh, burritos. It's been open a month and plenty of foot traffic is finding its way through the doors of this little Beaufort Street burrito shop. It's quickly earning itself a secure spot amongst the Mount Lawley food-fix options.
Zambrero came to fruition in Canberra, 2006, and has since spread fast through major centres. There seems to be no holding this Mexican back with ambitious plans being laid down for rapid expansion. Zambrero Mount Lawley already shares the city with another from the franchise in Leederville, which opened in August. Word has it that the trifecta is already lining up with one also in the works for Subiaco.
You'll find Zambrero Mount Lawley next door to the Mount Lawley Kebab and Pizza Cafe (a few doors down from the Flying Scotsman). Look for the lime green theme and the technicolour frontage. The seating is suitably simple. It's simple enough for a quick stop to eat, not so much for a dining out experience.
Zambrero keeps it easy for us with its menu selections. In four steps you'll be tucking into your fresh Mex. The first decision you'll make is between a burrito, bol (burrito filling in bowl), dos capas(hard shell taco wrapped in a soft shell taco) and standard taco. Then choose a filling, salsa, and sauce. You can choose a filling from chicken, lamb, beef, or vegetarian. The salsas and sauces are tasty and there's an emphasis on fresh here. Some might say the menu doesn't offer enough options but if you know you want a burrito or taco, you know where to go. Zambrero isn't shy about serving size either and you might struggle to get through the almost half-kilo of burrito they serve up. There is also the option of corn chips with various toppings if the appetite is there.
They don't serve up the most authentic of Mexican fare but it is similar to an American version, in style, fillings and size. Remember, this is essentially fast food. Zambrero is probably the answer when you don't feel like just another kebab, or a walk to the Whopper-shop, or a watching-my-weight Subway sandwich.
One big plus here is Zambrero's plate4plate initiative. For every meal bought, the in-house program provides another meal to someone else in the world who really needs it. The program is already delivering hundreds of thousands of meals to people in poverty. So, as you take what's on your plate to your palate and savour that burrito, you can also enjoy the fact that you're doing a little bit to make the world a better place. How's that for food for thought?
Burritos and Bols here will cost $9.90. Dos Capas and Tacos are $5.50 and $4.50 respectively. A couple dollops of Guacamole can be added for another $2.
Zambrero proves that there is still room in this town for more late night eateries and last minute meal makers. They will no doubt be a staple Mex among the mix of options. My tastebuds and appetite tell me that I'll be a frequenter.
Went there for dinner last night. Their servings are good - I'm a big eater, and I felt very satisfied after my burrito. Mainly though, their food tastes delicious. Now that I've tried Zambrero, I'd take a burrito over a kebab any day of the week.