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El Pistolero
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Mexican
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40 (except on champagne)

Critic's review

Slyvia Mckeown

Just past the old, but still in use, library you will find this lively corner spot.

Food
Bright pops of enticing colour come into play when you order the calamari and chorizo taco, which goes down easy with a splash of homemade pomegranate and thyme iced tea. It’s best to come along with many mouths to share with as the nacho starter portion is so big you can take the leftovers home with you. They have all the usual Mexican fare including a pulled pork burrito that’s all dressed up in coriander salsa and ready to go. But the tacos is where they shine, to the point that you can even build your own taco with their selection of proteins and drunken beans and opt in classics such as pineapple chilli glaze and cheddar cheese. But best you leave some space for the criss-cross stacks of churros for dessert.

Drinks
There may be a tight selection of wines and hard liquor choice but as one might expect they have 9 different types of tequila. All of which make their way into their bevy of tequila heavy cocktails – along with their one lonely gin cocktail friend.

Service
The food and drinks come fast enough that you feel attended but not rushed out of place. The servers are knowledgeable and eager enough to bring you another round of shots whenever needed.

Ambience
The inside is tight and cute but the space really comes alive in the warmer months when the tables that spill outside are full of spirited chatter.

Best for...
A weeknight hang with friends.

(2018)

 

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

 

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  • Siphiwe Mphe

    Food
    Bright pops of enticing colour come into play when you order the calamari and chorizo taco, which goes down easy with a splash of homemade pomegranate and thyme iced tea. It’s best to come along with many mouths to share because a dish like the nacho starter portion is so big you can take the leftovers home with you. They have all the usual Mexican fare including a pulled pork burrito that’s all dressed up in coriander salsa and ready to go. But the tacos is where they shine, to the point that you can even build your own taco with their selection of proteins and drunken beans and opt in classics such as pineapple chilli glaze and cheddar cheese. But best you leave some space for the criss-cross stacks of churros for dessert.

    Drinks
    There may be a tight selection of wines and hard liquor choice but as one might expect they have 9 different types of tequila. All of which make their way into their bevy of tequila heavy cocktails – along with their one lonely gin cocktail friend.

    Service
    The food and drinks come fast enough that you feel attended but not rushed out of place. The servers are knowledgeable and eager enough to bring you another round of shots whenever needed.

    Ambience
    The inside is tight and cute but the space really comes alive in the warmer months when the tables that spill outside are full of spirited chatter.

     

    Best for...
    A weeknight hang with friends

    (2018)

     

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    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!

    Drinks
    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.

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

    Ambience
    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.

    And…
    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)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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