Zambrero, located on O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, is part of a chain of restaurants that specialises in Mexican Food. The first restaurant was established by Dr Sam Prince in Canberra in 2005. A key part of the restaurant is its close partnership with the organisation Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now), delivering a meal to a person in a developing country for every burrito or rice bowl purchased at the restaurant. Ordering a dish here is done by choosing your style of dish followed by your desired meat filling, toppings and sauce.
Their Rice Bowls are great for those looking for a change from the burritos and tacos typically offered at Mexican restaurants. The ingredients are presented like a salad. We chose to have the IQ Rice Bowl with beef as the meat filling. The beef was juicy with a bit of a smoky flavour. The Salsa IQ we chose as the topping served as a balance to the beef with its refreshing flavour. The black rice added a chewy texture to the dish. For the sauce, we chose a truffle mayonnaise that was a special at the time of our visit. The mayonnaise had a bit of a savoury flavour that is typical of truffles.
IQ Rice Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The burritos at Zambrero can be made in one of two sizes, the regular sized burrito or a smaller chikito, which is ideal for those who feel they cannot finish a burrito. The chicken that we chose for the Classic Burrito was cooked just right with the flavour being not as rich as the beef in their IQ Bowl. The subtle flavour of the white rice complemented the chicken well with the guacamole tying everything together.
Classic Burrito (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those wanting something a bit different, you can choose their IQ Burrito. While I thought the pork I chose for it was not as good as the beef, it still had enough flavour to make eating it enjoyable. The black rice made the burrito more filling and the crisp lettuce balanced out the richer taste of the ingredients I chose.
The restaurant also offer a delectable sounding brownie that includes hazelnuts and guajiilo chilli, which can enjoyed as a snack or for dessert. We did not try it during this visit because we wanted to have dessert at St Louis, which is located on the same street.
The use of brick wall and wooden furniture gives the restaurant a modern rustic look. Seatings is limited but we noticed that most customers ordered their food for takeaway.