The Bottom Line
- Colorful Mexican decor and warm ambiance
- Good selection of Mexican and South American beers available
- Fare is a change of pace when you've had one too many Paris brasserie meals
- Restaurant includes a Mexican grocery where you can stock up on favorites
- Dishes fall short of authentic
- Prices are on the steep side
- Credit and debit cards not accepted
- Address: 10 Rue Dante, 5th arrondissement
- Metro: Maubert-Mutualité
- Phone: +33 (0)1 46 34 14 12
- Serving: Lunch and dinner; drinks. Dishes include nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and combination plates.
- Price range: 4-8 Euros for drinks; 10-25 Euros a la carte
- Payment options: Cash or personal (French) checks only. No credit or debit cards accepted.
- Ambiance: Laid-back and cheerful. Latin music and rock plays from the kitchen.
- Dress code: Casual/none
- Nearby sights and attractions:
- Outside seating: available in spring and summer
Guide Review - Mexi and Co. Mexican Restaurant in Paris
After years of searching for a place in Paris where I could enjoy the kind of Mexican cuisine I had come to love growing up in California, Mexi and Co. seemed a promising exception to Paris' puzzling abundance of terrible "Tex-Mex" restaurants. These are places where any dish can be magically dubbed Mexican by adding canned corned or avocado; needless to say, I have since sworn them off.
I set out to dinner at Mexi and Co. with hopes of feasting on some of the hearty, spicy Mexican dishes I so often crave. Prospects seemed good as I walked into the tiny, Mexican-grocery style dining room. Walls painted in bright colors evoke the work of Mexican painter Diego Rivera; cheerful red lanterns, woven baskets, and other traditional decorations hang from the ceiling; picnic-bench style tables are tucked around the grocery. Black beans, mole sauce, or tortillas stock the shelves.
The open kitchen at the back of the store is small and staffed by just a few people. I was dismayed to notice that the dishes appeared to be reheated in microwaves, but still looked forward to the meal ahead.
A friend and I split a quesadilla and both ordered vegetarian burritos. Beer (Corona, Dos Equis, and South American varieties) was self-service, and small bottles were a bit steep at 5 Euros.
The quesadillas were decent enough, served with salsa, guacamole, and chips. They were a little chewy and dry, though, perhaps from reheating in the microwave.
The burritos, pricey at 10 Euros, were hearty and tasty, but the ingredients weren't in the right proportions, making the burrito very different from traditional ones. They were too dry, overstuffed with rice and uncustomary vegetables like zucchini, and had too little sauce and beans. I kept adding hot sauce to compensate.
In short, despite a pleasant meal, my search for an authentic Mexican eatery in Paris goes on.