Do you live in Adelaide?
Do you love Mexican food?
Do you know what Zambrero is?
Did we just become best friends over our mutual love for Mexican goodness at Zambrero? Why, yes! Yes, we did!
I have been blogging about food for a little over four years now. It’s been such an exciting journey and the prospect of sampling new menus, cafes and/or restaurants has always tickled my fancy. However, when it comes to Mexican feasts, it’s a whole new level of excitement.
North Adelaide has been the hub of several favourite eateries, such as Montezumas and Zapatas, and I am pleased to report that Zambrero (which is now 7 months old in our little city away from the city) can be added to this list!
The team at Adelaide Food Central were invited to try a number of items from their menu, where all food and drink was provided free of charge.
We were offered the Bowl IQ from the latest IQ range that Zambrero has introduced to its range of menu items. We tried the Lamb Bowl IQ, which had the salsa IQ, guacamole, cos lettuce and black rice infused with spirulina and amaranth seeds. The lamb was succulent and cooked to be tender and juicy. The freshness from the corn, lettuce, and tomatoes complemented well with the black rice. As a Mexican food lover, the avocado topping was generous and thus, thoroughly enjoyable with the rest of this dish. While some may find it weird to consume black rice for its appearance, it tasted just like regular white rice, except with more crunchier and smaller bits.
We had both the Hard Shell and Soft Shell Taco varieties. The Hard Shell Taco was nice and crunchy, and full of tender, succulent well seasoned beef. The meat simply melted in your mouth and was exactly how your slow cooked meat should be. The salsa was light and refreshing, and the taco was the best I’ve had in a long time. The Soft Shell Taco had a more firm, chewier shell, and chicken was used instead of beef.
Next, we had the Tortilla Chips topped with slow cooked beef, melted cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. This was another fantastic meal that included a tasteful balance of cooked meat with fresh vegetables and palate-pleasing toppings such as super-creamy guacamole and sour cream. The beef had a smoky aftertaste, which worked well in bringing out the flavours. But don’t wait too long to eat the chips, or you may be left with a soggy slop (but if you’re like me, you won’t care about it too much because it tastes so good nonetheless)!
We were then served the Chips and Dip, with crispy corn chips, salsas, guacamole and sour cream. This is one of those dishes that you can feast on with a bunch of friends, because there’s a little something for everyone! Want something spicy? There’s a jalapenos dip! Want something refreshing and that gives a cool aftertaste? There’s sour cream! Want something with a tang? There’s the epic chipotle dip! What about something that’s more veggies? Someone drumroll for the salsa! And what’s amazing about this dish is that it’s so versatile and offers so many flavours in one go.
We were then served two pieces of Lamb Quesadillas, with tomato and cheese melted between a toasted soft shell tortilla. The lamb was well cooked and seasoned with just the right amount of spices that made the meat really juicy and full of flavour. The presentation may have been ordinary, but it was such a delicious dish to devour that it didn’t even matter. Besides, Mexican food is normally really messy to eat – trust me, I was just glad to be given one of my favourite items from the Zambrero menu to sample!
While Zambrero aims to please its customers with the most scrumptious and quick Mexican food, it also has an alternate mission – Plate 4 Plate – where they can put their sales into good use by donating the money they make from selling burritos and bowls to the Stop Hunger Now foundation. Fans of Zambrero would be aware that Zambrero prides itself in being able to contribute towards the movements that deal with world hunger. As if you needed more than one reason to love and support Zambrero’s work!
The staff members are very friendly and accommodating to your dining needs and are willing to provide you with an excellent dining experience (or takeaway, if that’s more your jam)! For around $10-$20, you can easily grab a bite that’s delicious and filling to satisfy all your Mexican cravings!
WHERE: 32-34 O’Connell St, North Adelaide