Restaiurant Zinga (Paris)

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Warning, things are about to get shaky! We’ve heard both the earth and bellies trembling in the Petites-Écuries neighborhood… Who’s responsible for this force of nature? Chef Yacine Saint-Marc, who is making crispy chicken dance the zouk at this bright yellow spot named after his parents’ restaurant in Guadeloupe. What should you expect to find inside? Vintage furniture, a retro fan that spins at the same speed as the old records, and Mathylde Caffa (who used to work in the Costes galaxy), sending out joyful plates of Caribbean style fried chicken that’s generous and juicy, from the wings to the thighs. Simply dip them into spicy mayonnaise, or devour them as bokit, a light beignet-style sandwich (made here with spinach), with mayonnaise, lettuce and pikliz – Haitian-style grated carrot and green cabbage salad (seasoned with lemon, vinegar and chilies), served on the side. For a sweet treat afterwards, there’s hand-churned coconut sorbet that’ll give you goosebumps… // Henriette Ma 

FEELING THIRSTY? : In addition to the inevitable planter’s punch (€10 a glass) and homemade coconut, vanilla and cinnamon ti punch (€9), both of which are made with Longueteau rum, there’s Caraïbos guava juice (€4), Kola Champion (€3), Vaval grapefruit soda (€3) or Lagunitas IPA (€5 for a half-pint). 
PRICE: : Mains €10-14, sides €4-5, desserts €5. 

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