Friday night I met up with Katia and Kyliemac, Paris’ most famous expat podcasters. We started off with a few happy hour margaritas at La Perla in the marais, but before long we were hungry for something more substantial than guacamole and chips. I’ve eaten at La Perla before, and have found their food to be hit-and-miss. Mexican sounded pretty good, though.
Fortunately, my companions had recently heard tell of a new Mexican place on rue Mouffetard. Preliminary reviews were of the raving variety, so we decided to go on a little adventure. Walking down one of the Left Bank’s liveliest streets, we discussed how none of us came over here very much, and whether the area was more touristy or if it was the habitual convergence of foreign students that makes it what it is. Which is generally, pretty fun, although there may be one too many English pubs catering to study-abroad types.
At any rate, thanks to the internet and smartphones, we quickly found the address we were seeking, and lo and behold, it was indeed a Mexican place.
It was getting close to closing time, but the friendly staff patiently waited for us to make up our minds and quickly prepared our burrito, tacos, and quesadilla once we had. They said we could take our time, so we settled in across from the Hot Sauce Wall (pictured above).
I got a beef burrito, which featured a weirdly Indian-esque spice blend. Katia, Kyliemac, and Nick assured me that their chicken-filled items were much better, so I’ll be sure to keep that in mind for next time.
Tacos are available in either corn (three) or flour (two) tortillas. The tortilla chips on the side were industrially made and unremarkable, but the salsas were pretty good, especially the hot one (not really all that hot for true spice lovers) and the tomatillo one, which was tangy and fresh-tasting.
The most exciting thing about Boca Mexa, however, may just be the small selection of Mexican products they have for sale near the cash register. Cans of chipotle chilis in adobo seem a little expensive at 3 euros, but I haven’t seen them for sale anywhere else in Paris in almost three years of living here, and believe me, I’ve looked. Bags of masa – essential if you want to make your own corn tortillas at home – cost 8 euros, which is half of what Nick paid for the Last Bag of Masa in Paris a little over a year ago. Now we don’t have to hoard it anymore! And perhaps best of all, the hot sauces. Southern Californians will be excited to see the wooden-topped bottles of Cholula, and I think Nick actually got a tear in his eye upon seeing his beloved Valentina’s.
So we’ll definitely be back to stock up on Mexican ingredients, and while we’re there, we might just have to have a quick, cheap bite. I’ll be sure to get the chicken.
On this day in 2008: Chicken’s in the Microwave, Beer’s in the Freezer
Originally published on Croque-Camille.