There has been a huge rise in the availability of quality Mexican food on the Gold Coast, to which I say ole! I’ve visited Mexico and still have a huge food crush on their cuisine, which brought me back again to Goodness Gracias.
If you’re a food stalker like me you’ll know that the previous owner who set up Goodness Gracias also (still) owns Pop Taco and really knows her Mexican. I’ve been following her recent adventures in Mexico via Instagram and salivating over the food photos she shares (she’s also offering food tours to Mexico… sounds divine!).
Sorry, got distracted there, back to Goodness Gracias. It’s been a while since we’ve visited, but we always loved the authentic, fresh flavours (their Insta feed is also drool worthy). So what is it like with new owners and with the take-in option?
So I used the UberEATS, app again, paid within minutes, and followed our food’s progress on the map. Second road test of GC Take-In Fest and I love the ease – 22 minutes later, and a ‘ping’ on my phone to let me know our food had arrived.
We started with the Guacamole – blue and yellow corn tortilla chips served with guacamole and tomato salsa ($6), and decided to upsize (add $7). We love the authentic flavour of the blue and yellow tortilla chips and the fresh citrus and coriander flavours of the guacamole and salsa, just wished there was more guac on this upsized order.
I’ve recently realised I’m very much a creature of habit; I had the same thing I always do. But why mess with a winning formula? The Green Goddess Salad – baby spinach and kale, alfalfa, coriander, jalapenos, olives, seeds, goats cheese and basil dressing ($12), with added pulled beef ($5). Why do I love this? The healthy fresh greens, the spikes of creamy, salty goats cheese, the salty olives, crunchy seeds, and spicy chunks of jalapeno (tip: this dish is for those who like spicy foods ?). Plus the melt in your mouth cumin flavoured slow cooked beef. Divine, and as good as it always was.
Sime also ordered his favourite – the Pulled Beef Burrito with pulled beef, Mexican rice, black beans, tomato sauce, cheese, crema and guacamole (large size $15). He loves hot chilli so I also added jalapenos (0.5) and requested the hot sauce (apologies for the photo – but at least you can see how it looks when you get it… sorry people, I didn’t want to cut his burrito). Sime said the beef had a lovely full bodies flavour that was complimented by the rice and guacamole. The tortilla seemed house made and held together well. As a hot sauce lover he ended up adding more hot sauce (but this is the guy who tells the Indian restaurant to make it as hot as they can).
Lastly for dessert: I have a thing for Alfajores and ate quite a few of them when I visited South America. What are they? Delicious crumbly shortbread sandwiching a layer of rich caramel (dulce de leche). I tried to make them once myself… I’m sorry to say it failed dismally. So whenever I get the chance I try them. Goodness Gracias’ version ($3.5 each) were right on the money. These small buttery, crumbly biscuits were filled with sweet, gooey caramel, rolled in coconut.
So in summary, we both really enjoyed our meals. Can I just say again how good it is to be able to get good quality, fresh food delivered at home? I would definitely recommend Goodness Gracias, they nail the fresh, authentic flavours of Mexico. And as our second UberEATS trial worked, I’d recommend getting it delivered too!
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