Every month we try out a new restaurant. We choose a host and they give us three meticulously curated choices. Each person interested in joining in on the festivities then casts their vote; democracy at its finest.
Now, I have my own unique way of deciding on a winner…the dessert menu. If your desserts don’t appeal, then I don’t want no meal. El Pistolero won me over with the Churros they had on their menu. What are Churros you ask? Churros are God’s perfection in the shape of a deep-fried pastry. They are a pastry-sort native to Spain and Portugal. The Churros did not disappoint. They were crispy on the outside and fluffy and moist on the inside. Served with either a choice of white chocolate and coconut ganache or dark chilli chocolate. I ordered it with the white chocolate – both times. (I may or may not have ordered a take away as well). In the interest of full disclosure, the serving comes with three churros, but one didn’t survive till the picture.
The menu itself consists of the usual Mexican fare: burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas. The pulled pork burrito is apparently a crowd favourite, so that is what I ordered. The burrito came in quite a generous portion, with a side of spicy raw cabbage salad. I ordered my meal without the guacamole, because avocados are the devil’s food and should not be eaten. Yes I said it and no, I don’t see the irony in having gone to a Mexican themed restaurant. The spicy salad added a nice kick and was a pleasant surprise at first bite; as the heat was unexpected. It was a great companion to the slightly sweet pork. The lamb burrito was also good, perhaps needing just a little something extra to pull all the flavours together properly. The tacos came in a serving of three and the tacos themselves were soft shell and made out of corn. The corn flavour of the taco was very evident and overwhelmed the dish somewhat. The filling also included corn, making the taco good, but to some degree, one dimensional.
As we all know, a good night out always consists of a few good drinks. Yes, I include my teetotallers in this, good non-alcoholic drinks are always welcome. However alcohol, or cockteles as the cocktails were called, was on the menu. The ‘Tequila margarita’ was a definite crowd pleaser with its interesting twist of having the citrus as a grapefruit, instead of a lemon. The sweet but sharp taste of the ruby grapefruit made the drink a refreshing and delicious option. The most interesting drink was called the ‘Margarona’; which is a Corona beer upended in a margarita. It was a show stopping drink for sure, with the sweet citrus hitting your taste buds first, and then the almost savoury aftertaste of the beer chasing it.
The restaurant atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. The kitchen and the prep area visible from the interior seats, making it a cosy setup. The seating itself was comfortable with brown leather couches and wooden tables adding a rustic finish. There is also an outdoor patio seating area, which on warm nights can almost make you forget that you are in the middle of a city and not in the dusty sands of the Chihuahuan desert. Will definitely be making my way back.
Price: approx. R400/couple
By Dora Clark