- Telephone 0141 221 9330
- Food served Mon–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri 10am–midnight; Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
- Average price £11 (lunch); £11 (evening meal)
- Website www.pintomexican.com
Mexican fast food is currently a big shaker on the UK food scene, and this fairly high profile recent addition is hoping to make a few local waves. It has a polished generic feel with a slick brand-conscious identity, bright colour scheme and anchored stools. The compact menu leads customers through steps: pick burrito, tacos, or nachos; add a filling, such as chargrilled chicken, steak, slow-cooked pork or barbacoa (shredded beef) or veggies; then add various toppings such as coriander lime rice, beans, and various salsas. Pinto is a welcome addition to Glasgow's Tex-Mex options, and a fresher, healthier option than most takeaways, but the fast food chain vibe is a detraction.
A welcome addition to Glasgow's tiny Mexican scene, Pinto is more LA than Mexico City, but for hungry locals after a carryout that's probably a positive thing. The various fresh ingredients on display have great appeal; add in a choose-your-fillings ordering style and the unaccustomed takeawayer may get overwhelmed. A good look at the menu is thus recommended as the staff's speedy efficiency leaves little time for reflection. The burrito barbacoa (spicy, slow-braised shredded beef) is generously hefty – or too much and over-filled, depending on your diet. Unarguable though, is the winning taste, combined with one of the four quality salsas. Other options include tacos and nachos in different meat or veg combos, plus flavoursome soups and a chilli bowl. And it's licensed.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Riding the wave of contemporary, sharply decorated Tex-Mex restaurants, Pinto has a captive audience in Scotland, rapidly expanding in the past few years to include five slick and well-designed restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Vibrant day-glo piñata colours, wooden embellishments and exposed brickwork make for an upbeat and comfortable atmosphere at their busy Queen Street outlet – which also makes the food for their smaller Gordon Street shop, while the latest branch on Hope Street is the largest. Their concise menu is clear and easy to choose from if you are on the run. Staff cheerfully create your made-to-order assemblage with lighting fast military precision. Top of the pile are the pulled pork, chargrilled chicken and black bean-laden vegetarian options. All have a good depth of flavour and a decent hit of chilli heat that you may not need the extra cholula provided. Differing from the average soulless fast-food takeaway, there’s a pleasant enough atmosphere here, so despite the corporate slickness, you may want to linger a little longer with your cerveza.
Hola! Welcome to Pinto Mexican Kitchen, Glasgow’s only authentic Mexican Burrito Bar.
Healthy, fresh, fast and fun is the true essence at the heart of Pinto and this big bean of love has it all. Come and enjoy our heart warming ingredients made by our Equipo Burrito and wash it down with an ice cold Corona or if you’re feeling in the fiesta mood try our Margaritas. All our meats are sourced from the award winning Simon Howie butchers, and our chicken is halal. So dust off that sombrero, shake down that piñata cane and join us at Pinto Mexican Kitchen.
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- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: not taken at present
- Open since: 2016