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Pistola (CLOSED)

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Time Out says

This venue has closed.

Like its gun-toting name, you’ll need to be quick on the draw when you visit Pistola – come prepared to take away and don’t plan to linger. There are few seats (12 stools around two counter-like tables) at this no-frills Asian-influenced Mexican hole-in-the-wall on Club Street, and even if you do eat in, the food comes wrapped up without a plate and you’ve got to toss your rubbish out yourself. This is the second venue from spunky Min Chan of popular bistrobar Club Street Social just down the road.

She’s gotten some friends to flesh out the tiny space: for instance, 28 Hong Kong Street’s bartender Michael Callahan helped paint the graffiti on Pistola’s walls, while the alcohol-laced frozen slushies ($14) – churned out by a retro machine in a variety of flavours like bourbon coke and pina colada – were concocted courtesy of NY-based cocktail master John deBary. There are also ice cream sandwiches (billed as ‘the best in the world’ and pricey at $8 a pop) from close friend Natasha Chiam – who runs The Ice Cream & Cookie Company.

While there’s no service charge or GST, prices are a bit inflated for what you get (though it’s likely one of the cheapest options along the Club Street stretch). The uncomplicated menu consists of just four main items: tasty tacos ($14/two), burritos ($16), quesadillas ($14) and rice bowls ($15) that you pair with a choice of five Asian-inspired toppings – kalbi-style steak with kimchi, five-spiced pork belly, chicken tikka, Thai-style fish or a vegetarian option of tofu. If you’re still not satisfied, add on a couple of sides to go, such as the corn cup ($5), tossed with a bizarre but interesting blend of kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar and toasted coconut. At the moment, it’s only open in the evening, but plenty of people (including us) have made the suggestion that Pistola open up for lunch, which would suit the quick takeaway lunch crowd to a tee. We’d be even happier if there was a set involved. Lee Min Kok



Address: 93 Club Street
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight
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