Add:357 Hongfeng Rd
Ambience: Casual and colorful. On a warm evening, enjoy margaritas and appetizers in the patio in front. Inside, Cantina Agave is full of Mexican-style decorations and a festive atmosphere.
Who to invite: Friends for a fun, noisy dinner out, or weekend brunch topped off with margaritas.
Pros: As a young, happening restaurant in the heart of the former French concession, Cantina Agave is unpretentious and relaxed. It has all the Mexican favorites, including fajitas, burritos, tacos and nachos, as well as a range of tequila drinks and beers. You can also pick a shell and select your own fillings, basically creating your perfect taco from scratch. It's a bustling place for a casual night out.
Cons: It may be fun and relaxed, but it's nothing special. The food is definitely delicious, but is fairly standard. And while the outside seating may be appealing on a warm evening, you will have to contend with crowds.
Recommended: The Fajitas de los Gringos are incredible. A sizzling hot plate of spicy meat and capsicums, accompanied by a generous helping of refried beans, rice and lettuce, topped off with a variety of salsas. Truly, as my mother would say, a "taste sensation." The Beef Taquitos, which come with guacamole and shredded cheese, are deep fried and morish.
Drinks: When eating spicy, rich Mexican food, a cold beer or chilled margarita is a must. They have quite a selection.
Cost: Smaller starters start at 45 yuan, although these may fill up someone with a small appetite. Larger meals range from 70 to 105 yuan. A lunch special costs 55 yuan.