Food, Paris

Bouillon Chartier

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.

Atmosphere

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.

Menu

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.

Budget

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 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre | 75009 Paris

Hours : 11:30 a.m. – midnight

Website

Food, Paris

Le Procope 르 프로코프

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you Le Procope, one of the oldest café-restos in Paris.

The restaurant was opened in 1686 and still keep its tradition. In the past, the café served as a place to socialize among intellectuals and writers. Now, it’s a place loved by Parisiens and tourists.

When you see the place from outside, it maybe seem to be a normal building like other Paris’ old constructions. When you step in the restaurant, however, you would feel as if you were in the center of the history. At the end of the stairs, you would see the famous Napoleon’s Hat. On the walls, there are many portraits probably belonged to the rich.

For entrée, we ordered French Onion Soup which is one of the restaurant’s specialty and considered french traditional food. The portion is huge and heavy (full of cheese), but yummy. A bit salty in my taste, but most of dishes I’ve tried here in Paris were salty. I am not sure whether it’s possible to order less salt for a soup, but you may ask if you want plain flavor.

Main dishes were also big. We ordered Pavé de Thon mi-cuit(Tuna), Demi-magret de Canard(Duck), Blanquette de Veau Traditionnelle(Veal), and Traditionnel coq au vin “ivre de Juliénas”(chicken). All the dishes were good. Though Tuna can be improved a bit more in my opinion. Tuna tasted a bit fishy, so I felt it less fresh. The coarse salt sprinkle on the top of the fish wasn’t melted evenly thus some parts of the dish was saltier than other parts. My favorite was the Canard (duck). Duck was amazing with its sauce and vegetables. Since we ordered different types of dishes, it was hard to choose a wine for all of us. We asked a server to recommend us a glass of wine for us, and we ordered one from Bordeaux, entre-deux-mers.

The restaurant offers menu Procope (lunch) and menu Philosophe(dinner) with reasonable price among pre-selected choices for the dish.

Overall, it was a satisfactory visit. We had two onion soups, one guacamole with shrimps, four main dishes, and one bottle of wine. Total it was about 150 euros. It’s not cheap, but it wasn’t that expensive considering the atmosphere and the location of the restaurant, and of course the quality of the food.

The official website of the restaurant is as following. Le Procope

Enjoy your time at Le Procope 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris

Hours : Sun-Wed 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. / Thu-Sat 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.