Long queues are always a good sign, and we’re sure glad to see them outside a Mexican food joint in China (never mind it was one of the last things we expected to witness). Cantina Agave serves up cafeteria style California Mexican food in a few easy steps: choose your shell, choose your meat (grilled offerings change daily) and choose your toppings.
Buckets of salsas on ice at the side counter are a free for all, and worth exploring. We had our doubts, but this place has thankfully and systematically shut them down. The Carnitas Guisado is so tender it nearly dissolves with each bite. And on another high note, you’ll discover Shanghai’s largest tequila selection here, including Herradura, Porfidio and Hacienda de Chihuahua. Do not expect the authenticity of a taco truck in Oakland, CA to hit that perfect pitch, but you’ll certainly get a great plate of food and smooth tequila to sip alongside. Should you find yourself crying out for tacos in the night, Cantina Agave is your motherland.