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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