Tokyo's Best Burrito: Guzman y Gomez
Guzman y GomezCuisine: Mexican
My love affair with burritos began at a young age. It was the perfect after-school snack to fuel bike rides and Street Fighter II marathons at the local arcade. During adolescence it blossomed, moving on from the classic bean and cheese to more exotic selections like the California burrito: a mouth watering steak burrito, with French fries, fresh salsa, guacamole and, of course, never-ending cheese. At university it matured into a permanent staple of my diet. I had moved on from taquerias—local taco and burrito shops—to its mobile counterpart, the taco truck. It was at these glorious establishments where I received nourishment, sometimes doubling my meal into two because of the sheer volume of burrito.
So where am I at now? Long gone are the days of five-dollar bricks wrapped in aluminum foil. Like most relationships, I’ve developed a dependency on this comfort food that I’ve carried with me throughout my life. Luckily for me, and us, this is Tokyo, where almost any gastronomical concoction can be found, albeit at a price.
In recent year,s, Mexican food has been steadily gaining popularity in Japan. For someone deeply familiar with Mexican food, burritos specifically, picking the wrong establishment can be an expensive learning curve. That’s why I’ve done the legwork for you. Here’s a list of some of Tokyo’s best burritos so you can enjoy a delicious Mexican meal at a reasonable price.
Guzman y Gomez
With so many fast-food restaurants to choose from it can be tough to single one out. Guzman y Gomez (GYG) recently opened a new branch in Shibuya, adding to their Harajuku location. The menu has the standard four-step approach that you’ve come to expect from chains like Chipotle. Choose your style, choose a filling, add some sides and order a drink. However, the fillings GYG offers are a step above the competition (the pulled pork marinated in chipotle sauce is my clear favorite). A regular burrito goes for ¥820 while the large pushes up to ¥1,320 before add-ons. If you’re really hungry, try this burrito hack: get the enchilada, which at GYG is essentially an extra large burrito with sour cream and guacamole included in the price. You’ll end up with larger portions, which after add-ons, comes out to about the same price. GYG also has a nice selection of house sauces and other goodies like jalapeños. At the Harajuku branch there is ample seating, but I recommend the foosball table in the back that doubles as a four top. Have fun playing for who buys the next round.