GUZMAN Y GOMEZ MEXICAN TAQUERIA | The popular chain of taquerias (taco shops) from Australia (29 outlets) opens its first international outlet in Singapore. In true Guzman y Gomez (GYG) tradition, a 'party' is thrown for the opening of every new outlet: on 24 October, the Asia Square Tower 2 branch will be giving away free burritos – get in line for a free burrito or a burrito bowl (worth $10.90 each), both of which are customisable. Rock up to this second floor food court stall anytime from 11am to 4pm. There will also be a roaming mariachi band (they have been flown in to serenade the crowds), and GYG merchandise given out. We plan to be there early, come say hi if you spot us.
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SUSHI BURRITO | Where to eat: In one corner of 100AM ("100 Tras Street" plus "Amara" for "Amara Holdings", we think) is this 26-seater with white tables, black wall seats, fuchsia ceiling and tiled wood walls. The logo artwork on the feature wall alludes to a concept straight out of a manga, though diners are brought back to the real, no-frills (fast food) world with the menu posters along the side walls. This concept was, indeed, inspired by a pushcart that sold sushi and burritos in LA. What to eat: Healthy makizushi (rolled sushi) the size of burritos ($10.90-$13.90) is the main draw here (calorie count included on the menu), made with an average of 120g of white Japanese rice (approx 3/4 of a rice bowl, per roll) each. The rolls are 50 per cent filled with vegetables, and of the nine set offerings, we like the Rainbow Shrimp (naruto maki and fried battered shrimp, 10.90) and the Flaming Dragon (fresh tuna and jellyfish with a slightly spicy wasabi sauce, $11.90). At the time of our visit, the rolls arrived a little soggy because of the warm rice and dressings, but the flavours in both were well-rounded, and present in every bite. Skip the small selection of sides ($3.50-$3.90 each), unless you’re really hungry. In which case, spring for the set (additional $1.90 to $5.90) that comes with all-you-can-drink beverages: the silky chawanmushi (a la carte, $3.50) looked like custard in soup, and the pitan tofu (tofu in century egg sauce with tobiko; a la carte, $3.50) measly in its portion. Nonetheless, we like the healthy roll concept, and will return, if only to have our sushi and burrito together.