Packing more than one trend into the same place can be hit-or-miss–and more often than not, it’s a miss. Proving the theory wrong is Café Chilango, right in the booming epicenter of Paris’s new restaurant openings. Qualifying Café Chilango as yet another taco joint to open in Paris would be setting aside the other 50% that makes it such a diverse spot.
Yes, Café Chilango serves tacos, among other Mexican fare, all prepared by Luis Rendon, the former chef of the pioneering Candelaria, who hails from Mexico City. The menu is gluten-free, with corn tortillas from Parisian tortilleria Mil Amores serving as a base. No Parisian Mexican restaurant these days is complete without a selection of tequila cocktails or–more recently–spicy micheladas, and Café Chilango has diners covered. It’s not all about dinner, however: Chilango is open for lunch as well as breakfast.
In the mornings, Mexican coffee—roasted by local purveyor Lomi—might be a more welcome choice than tequila libations… although it requires would-be food photographers to reconcile posting tacos and cappuccinos on social media, while not forgetting to enjoy the winning combination—turned into much more than a simple trend—at Café Chilango.
Café Chilango, 82 rue de la Folie Méricourt
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-1:30am
Reservations: +33(0)1 4700 7895