As another chain in the mushrooming tex-mex food fad, Zambrero stands out somewhat because of its mission to alleviate hunger in the world. For every plate of food sold here, a plate of food is given to a person in need. Fast and tasty, this franchise was the brainchild of young Melbourne entrepreneur, Dr Sam Prince. Since its humble beginnings in 2005, there are now more than 40 locations Australia-wide, including 11 in Perth.
“Zambrero is a Quick Service Restaurant franchise that sells healthy Mexican food to support humanitarian projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Since being formed in 2005 by Dr Sam Prince, millions of meals have been provided to those living in poverty around the world through the Plate 4 Plate initiative.
Plate 4 Plate is Zambrero’s way of providing food to those in need. For every burrito or bowl purchased at Zambrero, a meal is donated through distribution partner Stop Hunger Now, which distributes food to those in the developing world. The menu is bold, modern Mexican, with burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas made with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas.”
The black rice powerbowl layered with black rice, refried beans and slow cooked chicken, and served with salsa and lettuce, was my choice and it went down a treat. A creamy chipotle sauce added some zest, but you can choose from six herby or spicy sauces.
The Prof tackled her giant burrito with gusto, but it was a bit tricky to eat and she had to resort to cutlery. I don’t know how you’d get mouth around this monster.
The filling was the same as my rice bowl, and The Prof pronounced it a winner. Here’s a pic of the inside after The Prof had made some serious headway. The slow-cooked chicken was seriously good.
This place give Guzman y Gomez a run for its money in the Tex-Mex stakes, but for me its mission statement gives Zambrero the edge. How can you not love something so altruistic? It’s cheap, fast and made with love for other human beings. Winner.