Guzman Y Gomez — Fortitude Valley
Guzman y Gomez — Emporium
Holà! Finally, a decent Mexican casual dining option in Brisbane! Guzman y Gomez is a modern, fast and friendly Mexican taqueria chain from down south in Sydney.
Due to the popularity of its original venture in the Fortutude Valley’s Emporium precinct, there are two sister stores that recently opened in the Brisbane CBD at The Wintergarden and Albert St. Today, the Brisbane Bites team set out to on our little Latin adventure and delved into the exotic and sometimes spicy Mexican cuisine.
Explaining the menu now… Guzman’s main choices are burritos, quesadillas or tacos (soft or hard). Once you get this decided, it’s time to choose the filling. Then to finish, just decided whether to add guacamole or not! Simple! One can also tailor the spiciness of the meal by self-serve stations near the dining tables that allow you to pump out Tabasco and grab slices jalapeños.
Guzman is essentially a casual dining restaurant, which means that ordering is done via the registers at the counter. You are then handed a table number and the food is promptly delivered to your table. I might reiterate that the food service is pretty speedy, and you most likely won’t be waiting long at all for your delicious parcels to arrive.
The ambiance at Guzman is warm and upbeat. There always seems to be Latin inspired music projecting from the speakers, which makes the experience just that little bit more memorable. Because of the casual appeal, sometimes it Guzman does seem a little at odds with its more sedate and formal neighbouring restaurants, but I think it is a valued and deserving addition to the Emporium family.
Additionally, it seems that many of the staff are Spanish speakers. This can’t help but add a little more authenticity, right? It could also be a great opportunity to test out your high school Spanish skills!
What we had:
Three quesadillas with your choice of filling (pork chipotle) ($10.50)
Soft corn tortillas toasted with melted cheddar cheese, salsa and (pork chipotle) filling
The dish was very tasty and had adequate amount of spice to it. The portion size for this dish is okay — meaning that for some of the hungrier guys out there, you might need to think about ordering something else as well.
Spicy chicken guerrero burrito ($10.50)
A soft tortilla wrap of filling (spicy chicken guerrero), rice, cheddar cheese, black beans and salsa.
The burrito was a very decent size and was very filling. The variety of textures and colours was also pleasing. Overall the burrito was good value.
What we thought:
Guzman Y Gomez is a fresh Mexican casual dining taqueria. It offers fast, efficient service and deliciously exotic Mexican inspired meals. Gomez offers great value. It is also a licensed restaurant and serves up tequila shots, corona and margarita (this one, we’d love to come back and try!).
Guzman Y Gomez — Emporium
Fortitude Valley Emporium, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Sun to Thurs; 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat; 11am – 11pm