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“Wonderful mix of world foods”
Review of Zango

Zango
Ranked #3,748 of 17,871 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $22 - $29
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Les Halles
Reviewed April 10, 2014

We had stumbled around the Chatelet-Les Halles area for quite a while trying to find somewhere that both had good vegetarian options and that meant we didn't feel like we were simply settling for something just because we were hungry. The decor and buzzing atmosphere at Zango managed to pull us in, and I'm very glad it did.

It was quite late by this point, but we were never made to feel rushed or like a bother (in fact, several large parties came in quite a while after us). The decor has a cool travel vibe, with maps on the walls upstairs and guidebooks etc. The waiting staff were really very nice, and even though they were definitely into the cool vibe of the place, they never gave of the air of pretentiousness that I would expect in a similar establishment in, for example, London.

There was a very good set menu, with an apertif, two tapas, main course, and dessert, which offered a great range of options. The apertifs came in a funky rum glass, and the tapas were generously sized - the polenta chips and Lebanese cheese and honey were exceptional. Main course was huge, and they had what appeared a strange mix of world foods on one plate that managed to work really well together. Dessert was recommended by our server, and he made an excellent choice - French toast made with brioche, served with caramel and vanilla ice cream with little pieces of real vanilla in it. My dining partner, who had claimed to be completely full and couldn't possibly eat any more, was brought a spoon, as our waiter was convinced she would want to try it. He was right - she ate half of it!

Very impressed, and would recommend any friends to check it out as well. Would definitely eat again if we go back to Paris.

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Thank discoverypark
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Had a wonderful time at Zango, lovely food with good waiters. One of our party was vegetarian, so it was a great option, as they serve very flavourful meals for vegetarians. I had the lamb dish, and it was lovely, and the plantains and sweet potato chips were well done too.

A bit noisy, but it seemed like everyone was having a birthday party there that night, so a very lively time!

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Thank JazzyMoon
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Original place in Les Halles. Trekker ambiance and exotic food in Paris city center area. Long terrace in a quiet pedestrian street. Large dining rooms at 2 level with wood & travel decoration. Various mediterranean, african, creole, asian dishes at fair prices. Young, family, both international & local clientele. Good service.

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Thank Christophe M
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Hi

we are french, we are used to this area. We went to this restaurant in order to... test...

3 plates.
One was a tartare. It arrived on the table with an horrible gray color (the color of a too much frozen meat or a pre cooked steak).
We denied it.
The plate came back. The meat was pink.
As usual for a tartare.

The other plates were fine. Not very good and not bad. Average.

At the end, we paid (yeah, you would said, it is logical).
And we gather a few cents.
The waiter did not like our cents and complaint.

At the end, the boss came to bring back the extra cash we gave, only 1 cent coins and taunted us about the fact that we gave cents.
I pointed out the grey tartare.
He answered me "did you look at the recipe?"
"no, but why it came back pink if if it is usual for it to be grey?"

no answer.

Apparently we are not welcome in anymore.

Don't give them a chance, there are several restaurants in the area.
And most have a better service.

If you are a foreigner and want to see what is a bloody pretentious and arrogant french people, ok, go to it.

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1  Thank Vincent K
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We have been 6 times so far, originally with 2 friends after looking round for something to suit us all and this ticked every box. We were intrigued as it looked like a run-down shack (the larger of the 2 Zangos) but inside was a different story - fantastic pictures on the walls, interesting tables with sand under glass from different deserts, multi-lingual staff - they spoke fluent German to people at the next table then perfect English to us straight after as they'd heard us talking. They then went on to speak to a French party in French, Spanish to... you get the picture! The menu is great with a 3 course meal (lots of choice) with a (strong) cocktail included and all for about £25. Have been lots of times, most recent April 2012 and in the 3 years since we first went it had only gone up 2 euros. Food was the star though - good choice of starters - we ordered all different then all dived in. Mains - fab - composite dishes - I had the Marco Polo with it's tryaki chicken, roast potatoes, samosa type things with baked chees inside, green salad and all sorts of other things on the plate that made me go 'mmmm' with every bite. Desserts were well thought out and not an afterthought or average as they are in lots of restaurants. Everything was intriguing and the staff were attentive and fun. It was a hot night and we asked for a refill of our jug of tap water a few times, so the next time we smiled at the waiter he automatically brought another refill and laughed. Alcoholic drinks are reasonable and they also refill water and bread free till you beg them to stop! There was no rush to leave the table and whatever night we go it's always full, including Parisians so that's a good recommendation. I love it and now make a bee line for it when in Paris. We've been as a couple also with a group of friends and all experiences have truly been 'experiences'!

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Thank Gwen H
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