The Bling Pig, barbecue and bar in Jing’an has converted their second floor space to house a branch of Pistolera. It’s the third location of the Mexican restaurant, operated by True Legend restaurant group (Pistolera, Blind Pig, Big Bamboo).

Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

The menu remains the same, which includes variations of popularized Mexican fare—queso fundido, quesadillas, nachos, street food favorites like empanadas and tamales, saucy and rice-heavy entrees, burritos, fajitas, tacos, and more.

Included with every meal are unlimited servings of tortilla chips and three sauces of varying intensities to dip, all made fresh daily.

Corn tortillas at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

4 Things To Order at Pistolera

The Chili (¥78), a long time favorite of mine, remains unchanged in portion and taste—it’s been that way since the former chef Leonardo “Tabasco” Guerrero put it on the menu all those years ago. (It’s also worth noting that his recipes are still being used at Pistolera today.)

It’s rich, smoky, and chocolaty, with a slow, creeping heat. Finely ground meat, beans, and spices give the chili its thickness, topped with melted Monterrey Jack cheese and queso fresco. Choose either cheddar and jalapeno stuffed corn gorditas or white rice. I opt for the latter.

Chili at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Chili at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

Queso Fundido with Chorizo (¥70) is a cast iron skillet of cheese topped with crumbled fried chorizo. It comes with four fluffy flour tortillas, which you pack with servings of salty melted cheese. Recommended as a sharing dish.

Queso Fundido at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Queso Fundido at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

Rib Eye Steak Tacos (¥75) — flash grilled rib eye steak topped with guacamole and pico de gallo. It’s a hefty serving, and is good value for money.

Tacos at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

For dessert, get the Lime-Avocado Cream Pie (¥58). It’s creamy with just a smidgen of gelatin to hold it together, and has a high citrus note that tickles the corners behind your jaw.  

Lime-Avocado Cream Pie at Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

In Summary

Service is good and attentive.

The music—top 40 reggaeton—will hopefully change soon. Same goes for the Bloody Mary, which could use some improvement.

The sports screens are still up, and there’s a small patio with bar tables, plus an upstairs terrace for events.

Pistolera, a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

There are deals every day of the week for happy hours and BOGO.

Other two locations are in Xuhui and Pudong.


Pistolera Jing’an
Address: 2/F, 132 Nanyang Lu, near Xikang Lu 南阳路132号2楼, 近西康路
Tel: 62893883