|Mariachi band from El Guacamole's grand opening fiesta|
So what makes good Mexican? For me it is all the flavors blended together to create a powerful and intense dining experience. I have an old favorite in Paris - so if you ask me what's the top on my list of Mexican restaurants, where you are sure to get an authentic experience (trust me, I asked my husband who lived in Mexico for 4 years!), I say without hesitation, Anahuacalli. Just visit their site and discover the menu that awaits you.
Some like it hot! And I like it hotter, so my dish of choice at Anahucalli is the Camarones boca del rio - combining two flavors I adore: Chipotle and tequila.
|Camarones boca del rio - hot hot hot!|
|totopos y sala|
|I like my margarita with no salt on the rim|
But did you know that these fabulous people are also the same folks behind two other sensational Mexican restaurants in Paris? Well needless to say my fav list has just expanded.
Anahucalli part II - Hacienda del Sol
This Summer I had the opportunity to try out Hacienda del Sol with my family. Perfect choice because family-style is exactly what it evoked for me. Fantastic margarita (actually liked it more than the one I had at Anahuacalli).
When you walk in your nostrils are already delighted by the warm homey smell of Mexican cooking. I was ready for my one way ticket to Puerto Vallarta.
I am told that in Mexico they judge how good a restaurant is by their "los totopos" (tortilla chips) and La Hacienda del Sol had some picture great totopos! A hot salsa was brought to the table along with the totopos to accompany our drinks (hibiscus flower juice for my stepdaughter, a beer for my husband and a margarita for me - what else!).
We had the "entrada degustacion" which had "ensalada de nopales" - a cactus salad with tomato and fresh cheese, "une chimichanga", "quesadilla" & "guacamole".
I enjoyed a lovely pulled pork dish - "Cochinita pibil" while my dinner partners delighted in "tamales" and "enchilladas de pollo en salsa rojo"
El Guacamole, the taqueria that I am sure will be all the rage. And it is just around the corner from one of our rental apartments, Haven at Lancry. I know where I'll be stopping before and/or after a check-in!
I was just showing my assistant around the neighborhood when we came across this new facade and spotted the chef and his assistant dining before the customers came, so I walked up and started chatting with them about, of course, Mexican food, the new craze. I learned two fun facts, Japaleno and Chipotle are one and the same and that there was to be a mariachi band that Friday to mark their one month of being open. So I made plans to return but first left with a small container of guacamole to enjoy the pork tacos I had already planned to make that night.
We were not disappointed by el Guacamole and so the legacy continues for the Anahuacalli family. The tacos were delicious and generous. And the chef and staff were friendly and happy to provide explanations. And if the Mexican clientele sitting next to me also enjoying the tacos was not enough indication of authenticity, frankly I don't know what else would be!
So, don't walk, run to these three wonderful restaurant choices added to the colors of Paris in the year of Mexico and long after . . . .
30 rue des Bernadins
01 43 26 10 20
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Hacienda del Sol
157 bd du Montparnasse
01 43 26 26 53
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37 rue Yves Toudic
01 42 41 09 09
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