5.7 Luz Verde, 24, rue Henri-Monnier in the 9th, 01.74.64.29.04, closed Sundays and Mondays (Metro: St. Georges) is a place my wonderful food source in the 9th has been after me to eat at saying more than once - "John I know you don't eat non-French food in Paris," but "It's not Mexican food, John, it's really French, you'll love it." Ok, so I'm in thrall of her and I surrendered today. Approaching the place by the sex-shops and guitar-repair places I wondered what I had got myself into. I entered and said her name, and they said "Oh, N.?" "Sure, right over here." The music was blaring and I took out my dB meter and saw they had a red decibel indicator to the right of the bar - it said 68 dB, mine read 85.8. Oh, oh. Aside from that, though, the place was decent enough, hopping with young French folk and had a menu that looked like it might have French food (cochon, squid, pear dessert) but there was a half-page of guacamole and tacos; OK!
My friend from down the street looks at today's offerings and says "There are no couteaux." Her husband and I shrug. Ok, no couteaux, no big deal, we want the guacamole. But we're guys and we have no cojones - like all guys, we'd never ask for something off the menu - impossible (ref: Deborah Tannen, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation). But she does and miraculously they appear, not 3, not 9, but like the parable of the fish and loaves, a bowl full, not rubbery and/or sandy but quite delicious. Meanwhile he and I content ourselves with the frijoles and pig, each with its own generous assortment of veggies and tacos, while awaiting our guacamole - whoops! at this point I, anyway, am full, and say "let's forget it" and it is so negotiated. But, then dessert, hummmm, pear, caramel and tonkas - hummm. It was the dessert of my week - absolutely delicious.
Our bill, with the guacamole which we ordered but never got but they charged for, plus a bottle and glass of wine and no bottled water but decent bread and 3 coffees (again, 2 ordered, 3 charged for, maybe this is why they're advertising for help), our bill was 80.50 or 76.66 E a couple.
Go back? I think not, despite the lovely, English-speaking staff; this is great among friends chow but................