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Guatemala City: Restaurante Enchante – Francy cigarettes, wood-roasted Café de Huehuetenango and 63 cent French macarons … with whipped cream

rworange | Jan 9, 201107:51 AM

Enchante not only enchants, but also surprises.

A flyer in Antigua advertised French macarons. So I was expecting a patisserie. Instead, Enchante is an ultra-stylish, yet inviting, French café. A little table in front had some boxed macarons to go.

The menu changes throughout the year. They have a unique way of doing this. The paper placemats list the dishes. When they run out of placemats, they print a new menu.

There are the French restaurant standards – Escargot, onion soup, croque monsieur or madame, sweet and savory crepes, duck confit, mussels (mejillones) with frites, tartines, creme brulee, tarte tatin and profiteroles.

A few other dishes were
- Camembert with onion jam
- Crab tartar with capers, lemon, rice, red onions, and walnut oil
- House-made potato chips
- Sautéed rabbit hunter-style with ratatouille

They offer a lunch for $11.25 with a choice of entrée, beverage and appetizer or dessert. The chef is from France.

The there are about a half dozen wines. The house wine is $3.25 and served in a nice glass. A bottle is just over $18. The other wines average about $25 a bottle with Pomerol Domaine de la Ponte 2004 Bordeaux topping out at $56.

There are two sidewalk tables and plenty of parking. It is located in a little strip mall that seems to be food-centered. There’s also a Japanese/Taiwanese restaurant, a Middle Eastern restaurant and a pupusaria … possibly a candy shop and a shop selling coffee beans (I didn’t look around too much in the mall)

Here's what we had rated from A+ to F -

B - …. Macarons with whipped cream
B - …. Pepe le peu - crepes (fruit and chocolate)
B + … Cappucino

Service: B + … Very, very good
Ambiance: A - … Way above average
Price: $$

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A you tube video of the chef making the macarons.

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