Multicultural Cuisine of…
Guzman y Gomez
Multiple locations (see website for details)
Next up in the whirlwind tour of food for Sous-Jeff and I was a stop at Guzman y Gomez. Let me preface this by saying that Melbourne needs these guys, immediately, if not sooner!!! An authentic Mexican experience in a fast food setting, Guzman y Gomez was founded in 2006 with the aim of introducing the Mexican and Latin culture and food to Australia. And it is damn good. Observe:
- Soft shell beef guerrero tacos (2 for $8.50)
- Spicy chicken guerrero burrito, $10.50
The food at GYG is seriously good and fresh, the service was friendly, efficient and quick (we ate at Newtown and Bondi Junction over the duration of our trip, and didn’t wait more than 4 minutes at either location), and it was genuinely some of the best Mexican either of us have had! Massive winner, need to get this in Melbourne!!!
Would rate it 9 out of 10.
Charlie & Co. Burgers
After their appearance on Masterchef earlier this year and the Googling that ensued, another must for us to try was a Charlie and Co burger. I am a huge burger lover, connoisseur even, and had heard amazing things about Charlie’s business. We sat down to a Federation Burger each, constructed of a freshly baked bun, an Angus beef pattie, tomato relish, tomatoes, lettuce, aged cheddar, a fried egg, bacon, sauteed onion and aioli. I had mine sans egg, plus chips on the side.
Let me start by saying, double points for the fries. Oh. My. God. They were perfect!!! Golden, crisp and crunchy on the outside with nice soft, fluffy potato on the inside. Absolutely incredible.
The Federation Burger, $16.00
And then there was the burger. It was a tower. Looked and smelt incredible. Bacon poking out of the sides. Melted cheese dripping down the pattie. And heart-breakingly underwhelming. It wasn’t that it didn’t taste good, it did, but there was wayyyy too much going on in there. The relish and aioli clashed, and made the bun quite soggy, which was really disappointing. Kudos to the bacon, which has a really nice smoky flavour, and the pattie itself was delicious, but because of everything else going on, it didn’t pack as much punch as it should have. I had very high hopes for this burger, and don’t get me wrong, it was bloody good! But my top burger is still the Beatbox burg.
Would rate it 8 out of 10.