Shanghai Daily’s international cuisine series continues with a Mexican fare, which is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with Spanish elements. Zhang Yang and Yoyo He have selected six Mexican restaurants in Shanghai that are worth a visit.
To understand El Luchador, you need to know that Lucha Libre means
wresting, a popular sport among Mexicans. Luchadors (wrestlers) can be
seen everywhere — on television, in newspapers and in graffiti on the
walls of restaurants.
It is a Mexican restaurant in Shanghai
with a vibrant atmosphere and white-and-blue Lucha Libre masks painted
on the walls. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican food prepared by
Mexican chefs. It also serves 100 percent agave tequila without salt and
The ultimate sophistication is simplicity. A taco, for
example, looks simple but is not easy to make. Tortillas are handmade
and meats are slowly cooked for hours, and yet it takes customers just a
few bites to finish a taco.
The soul of the restaurant is Chef
Eduardo, who believes in tradition and uses only the freshest materials
in cooking. At El Luchador, diners can enjoy genuine Mexican food.
Tacos restaurant doesn’t just serve Mexican food. It
offers a wide array of dishes, incorporating a variety of family
recipes and innovative techniques with fresh local ingredients. Tacos
serves seafood fried spaghetti, beef steak with prawns and shepherd’s
The set meal for two includes a lamb chop, grilled beef, chicken tacos, smoked chicken wings and a dessert.
As one of Shanghai’s most popular
party bars, this two-story cantina has a well-earned reputation for
providing great food and drinks.
There are regular parties and
events at Zapata’s and its Wednesday ladies’ nights are legendary for
bar-top dancing. Crowds can groove to popular rock, pop, and hip-hop
hits at the party bar, or relax in the large outdoor area. The Tex-Mex
menu in its upstairs Hacienda restaurant rounds out the bar’s theme.
is a popular restaurant that opened in 2010 in Jinqiao and has opened
three more outlets since due to demand from expatriates and Chinese.
fresh seafood, fusion tacos, many signature dishes, and a long list of
cocktails, Pistolera’s dishes are all prepared by chef-cum-manager
Fernando Corona-Burch. Pescadillas crispy fried corn empanadas are
served with fish stew and is among the most popular dishes.
drink menu features creative cocktails made with Mexico’s national
spirit, tequila, which comes from Casa Jose Cuervo, one of the world’s
top Tequila distilleries, and is made from 100 percent agave.
to reflect the finer aspects of Mexican and Californian food culture,
Maya offers Shanghai a dose of healthy, hearty, home-style Mexican
cuisine. The chef and his professional team have won several awards for
their healthy, creative Mexican dishes and cocktails. Besides a fabulous
array of tempting dishes, Maya features a relaxed lounge area with a
good selection of fresh, high-quality Latino and classic cocktails as
well as an extensive tequila, rum and whisky list on offer.