Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you Bouillon Chartier, a traditional french restaurant located in 9th arrondissement. Dates back to 1896, the restaurant was opened its door for the first time. More than one century it has maintained its Bell-époque style, and it was classified as a historic monument in 1989. The place is always busy with parisiens and visitors from all around the world.
We arrived around 8:00 p.m., and it took us about 20 mins to get in the restaurant. There’s no outdoor seats unlike other french restaurant. At this a big hall restaurant, don’t be surprised to share your table with strangers at peak time. This crowded place but not too noisy, it has somewhat party-like atmosphere. People chattering, eating food, and drinking wine and the servers in a black vest made me feel as if I were in a party hall in one of Pierre August Renoir’s paintings. I would pick here where you should go if you want to feel french style restaurant in 1950s Paris. Most of french restaurants (esp. those are known to tourists) are refined and somewhat exclusive, but this place is like a restaurant where you can find at the corner of your town.
Grilled pig’s trotter was a challenge for me and it wasn’t successful. The way they cook was different what I’d thought. I was expecting chewy texture of meat with crispy skin. However, it(both inside and outside) was a bit mushy to me, so I felt the meat was greaser than it is. It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit far away from my expectation. Plus, it was a bit hassle to separate all the small pieces of bones from the trotter. I tasted some chicken and beef, too. Chicken was not special, but you never fail with chicken. It was well cooked and the portion of the food was also good for me, but it can be small for a man. Beef flank had a rich flavor and it was very tender. You can ask the server to change your fries to mashed potatoes or other side. Desserts were also not very special but yummy. In general, all the food I’ve tried here were not fancy or delicate like in 3-star restaurants, but they were like home comfort food that fill mind and soul.
The restaurant offers typical french food at unbeatable price. You can enjoy a full french course meal(starter-main-dessert) for with €15~30 including drinks. We ordered six escargots to share, four main dishes, a bottle of wine, one coca-cola and one creme brulée and one chocolate mousse, one espresso for four people. It cost about €65. I would agree that it’s unbeatable price not in Paris, but in the whole France.
Though I wasn’t 100% satisfied with food, I do appreciate the ambiance of the restaurant. The price is also good and I loved the moment at the restaurant, thus I would go back to try other food.
Hope you enjoy the visit to Bouillon Chartier with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Address : 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre | 75009 Paris
Hours : 11:30 a.m. – midnight