Thursday, August 16, 2012
Guzman y Gomez - free burrito day
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Canberran in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a free meal. Yes, in this city where the average salaries are the highest in the country the population seems acutely attuned to anything they can get for free. I've seen events massively over subscribed, people walking for miles owing to not enough parking and queues of hundreds for a free event. So when Canberra's newest Mexican restaurant Guzman y Gomez announced they would be serving free burritos from 11am till 8pm today, I knew that the citizens of the 'Berra would be out in force.
One might think the freezing weather, bitter wind and icy rain would deter the crowds, but they had obviously never contended with the Canberran love of anything free. Throughout the day I heard reports of long lines but the reports also indicated the lines moved quickly, so straight after work S and I headed over to check it out - hey we are as fond of a free thing as the next Canberran.
The line was long but true to the rumours it moved quickly and it really didn't take much time till we were inside being serenaded by the mariachi band and were considering burrito options. There was a crack team on in the kitchen, I reckon they were turning out an order every 15 or so seconds. We ended up trying the Spicy chicken guerrero, the steak chipotle, the pork chipotle and the barramundi burritos. Given it was only one burrito per person and there were two of us, I will leave it up to your imagination to work out how we managed that.
All of them were very tasty, although in general I felt they could have done with more sauce. There are sides of sauces you can serve yourself but given the crowds they were hard to get to and I'm not quite sure how you are then meant to get the sauce etc into the wrapped up burrito. I don't know which was my favourite, probably either the barrumundi or the pork - which probably means the pork is awesome given that I'm not usually a huge pork fan. What I can tell you was that after eating that much I ended up so full that I've been sitting blob like ever since.
Only time will tell how Guzman y Gomez will go when people actually have to pay for their food but I can say it certainly was a hit with the Canberra freebie seeking public.