In Mexico, a nopal is a cactus whose shape bears a passing resemblance to a ping-pong bat. In Paris, it's a snug little restaurant tucked away in the 10th, a hop and a skip from the Canal Saint-Martin, where a modest range of dishes from the cactus's homeland is served. We're firmly in street food territory here: gorditas (cornflour doughnuts) for €3.50, tortillas stuffed with said cacti for €7.50, or – at the upper end of the price scale – flatbreads topped meat and veg for €8.90. It's fresh, filling and irresistibly flavoursome, and will only fuel the Parisian mania for gourmet fast food.
Unless the shop's one and only chair is free, you'll be taking away, though the nearby Square Eugène Varlin makes for a picturesque spot for a munch and a sunbathe.
|Venue name:||El Nopal||Contact:|
3 rue Eugène Varlin
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thur Noon-3pm and 6-10pmFri Noon-3pm and 7-11pm; Sun 1-9pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Louis Blanc|