A taste of Latin America
Behind a bright blue storefront across the street from Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris’s ninth arrondissement, ISANA offers a creative, health-conscious take on the exotic, festive flavors of Latin America. For Jean-René Chassignon, who founded ISANA in 2017 after spending six years in Spain and several trips to Latin America, cultural exchange is the cornerstone of any culinary tradition—including that of France. “Historically speaking, French cooking always took a great deal of inspiration from travels abroad. In our own modest way, we try to support this spirit of cultural exchange.” This creative mix of cultures is made clear on ISANA’s menu and in its melting pot kitchen staff, made up of individuals from no less than seven different countries—from Chili, Mexico, and Peru to Bangladesh and Mali. Along with cultural exchange, environmental consciousness is part of ISANA’s founding creed. The restaurant uses 90% organic fruits and vegetables, adapts recipes seasonally, and provides zero waste meal platters. After the initial success of ISANA, Chassignon opened a second location, Café Latino, a Latin-American style coffeeshop located on Rue des Panoramas, near Bourse.
- Lunch menu (starter, main course, dessert) at 16€.
- Author: Marion Favre
- Photos: Arthur Crestani
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