El Pistolero

El Pistolero
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R80 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
R45 (except on champagne)

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

This is something unique in the way the meals here have been put together. Nothing is extravagant or over the top. It’s a small yet rich menu of Mexican-inspired dishes concentrating mainly on quesadillas, tacos and burritos with innovative fillings like black beans and cheese or battered hake, pickled jalapenos, slaw, tamarind and ancho paste for the tacos. Else opt for grilled chicken, beans and basmati rice with salsa, avo and Mexican cream for lashings of flavour with slow-cooked lamb, avo, cream, rice, and mint dressing for the extra filling burritos.

The portions are generous and the selection, though concentrated, reaches wide. You shouldn’t leave without trying the yellowtail ceviche and the selection of churros. (These include white chocolate and coconut ganache as well as dark chilli chocolate with milk jam caramel.) To die for!

The list is small with three red and three whites, but really it’s obvious that you should for one of the many tequila options like the tequila margarita. Or, if you’re there for a light lunch and have to return to work, go for the virgin Margarita.

Quick on the draw and ready with all the right responses.

The design is super smart and has stayed the course even with outside extensions, which are closed off for warmer winter meals. With the clearly visible chefs in the background, it’s easy to ask advice if you’re checking. The space is contained yet not claustrophobic. Parking at this neighbourhood restaurant is easy and safe.

Make sure to check the specials that include half-price tacos on Tuesdays or the chicken or vegetarian burrito with a special pineapple drink for R70. That’s a steal.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Food was absolutely amazing! Had Quesadillas with chicken and Nachos with pulled pork. Yum! Friendly people and an extra Churro, just because ... will be back for sure!
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  • Loved it! Delicious food, great service and they now have their liquor licence. Well worth the visit!
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  • Great ambiance Better service Fantastic food
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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