PISTOLA Y CORAZÓN TAQUERIA
Cais do Sodré / 15 €
Take a trip to Mexico in Cais do Sodré, where the Margaritas are salty and the Tacos are hot!
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After several (and I do mean several) tries to have dinner at “Pistola y Corazón”, all failed due to huge lines and a swelling waiting list, I was finally able to try this one-of-a-kind place. And let me tell you it was worth not giving up! I finally understood what all the buzz was about and why it’s practically impossible to get a table (without waiting) if you come after 8pm, whatever the day of the week (FYI, they don’t make reservations).
With accessible prices and incredible flavors, this place is a sure bet for a great night out with friends, just make sure they like it hot! The space is very cool and decorated will all kind of hints to Mexico - drawings on the wall, “dia de muertos” skulls everywhere, little mariachi dolls, the Mexican flag and to top it all off a super friendly staff, many of which with a hint of spanish accent.
The concept here is simple but effective: “Comida Sin Vergueza”, food without prejudice. It’s meant to be enjoyed and shared with friends, bringing you back to the Mexican tradition of street food, to be savored with your hands and zero fuss. There’s even an instruction “manual” for how to eat those delicious tacos with your bare hands. ;)
For starters, I recommend the tamales, especially the meat one (although veggies can indulge in the bean one) and plenty of sauce in the side. In fact, everything here is complemented by their awesome homemade sauces, which vary in degree of spice (and braveness). As for the tacos, they come in plates of 3 and I especially recommend the “Al Pastor” and “Rajas con Crema” (vegetarian). Other vegetarian options are maked on the menu (also available in thei website). To finish, there’s the already famous “Pastel de Très Leches”.
If you don’t feel like eating at the restaurant (or want to avoid the huge lines), just get whatever you want for take-away and enjoy it from the comfort of your home. You may also find the "El Mercado" section of the restaurant useful and pick up some traditional Mexican products, like the homemade sauces or beer.