Unimpressed by Hipster Mexican Food

Last Saturday we decided to go to Candelaria which is a bar/taqueria here in Paris. When we walked in the first thing I noticed was how tiny the eating area is but one look at the menu and I thought “well this looks promising although it is pretty pricey.” 2 tacos for 5,50€ is ridiculous especially if you’re from Tijuana but I decided to cave in and get two tacos de carnitas because they did not have carne asada for some odd reason and a tostada de nopal con queso. I would not personally label this as an authentic Mexican place especially after seeing that the carnitas had orange peels. Yes, orange peels! The tostada was really good but the tiny strip of nopal made me think “que pinches codos” because it wasn’t like it was cheap. To me this place seemed more of a Mexican-French fusion than an authentic taqueria and if I could come up with a perfect simile for their food it would be this: Their food was as Mexican as their XX which is actually manufactured in France and just has the XX name. Next time I’m saving my money and just buying those Carrefour flour and corn tortilla hybrid and making my own tacos.

One Response to “Unimpressed by Hipster Mexican Food”

  1. Comment by Bess | 10/28/11 at 9:32 pm

    Yeah, that doesn’t sound good. I’m not surprised though. When I lived in Rennes (albeit it wasn’t Paris) I tried a Mexican restaurant. My burrito had broccoli in it. Ew.

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