With cosmopolitan Pastis, Ginseng Cocktail Bar, and Café des Stagiaires being just a few of the popular haunts lining the street, Yongkang Lu is already well on its way to becoming the go-to hang for expats and local hipsters alike. And adding to the road’s pull further is trendy modern Mexican bar-cum-restaurant, El Luchador (The Fighter!), set over two storeys of exposed brick walls, colourful lucha libre murals, and funky patterned tile floors.
Although Mexico City native, chef Eduardo Gomez (who previously worked at Mexo at The Bund) does somewhat pander to the Tex-Mex appetite with hearty platefuls like burritos stuffed with chipotle chicken or braised-until-tender pork carnitas, and baked chimichangas bursting with roasted poblano and pico de gallo salsa, authentic Mexican dishes dominate the lineup. Of particular note are his tacos topped with chorizo marinated in red adobo, or lightly battered shrimp with a chilli-lemon aioli; alongside other classics like chocolate mole enchiladas, flautas (deep-fried stuffed tortilla ‘flutes’), and quesadillas. And probably doing little to lull the controversy-creating hubbub along Yongkang Lu is the bar’s wide selection of tequilas, Mexican beers and frozen Margaritas blended with Grand Marnier, Jose Cuervo and fresh lemon and lime juice. But we say, be a lover not a fighter!
83 Yongkang Lu / Xuhui / +86 21 6422 8653 / el-luchador-china.com