Why you should dine at this Parisien restaurant with mediocre food and mediocre service

When I visited Paris a few weeks ago, I made sure I had insider tips to make the most of my 2.5 day trip.  I was recommended the Le Bouillon Chartier by two friends.  One of them was my old flatmate Guillaume who is French and has lived in Paris himself, and said this would be the place to get authentic French food for a decent price in the centre of Paris.  Merci beaucoup!  Well, what Guillaume told me was true, but he certainly left out some “fun” details for us to find out on our own…

Le Bouillon Chartier Paris

We got off the metro at Richelieu – Drouot and quickly found Le Bouillon Chartier around corner. You won’t miss it because outside there is always a queue. I think we arrived at around 8ish, and after waiting for about 40 minutes we were ushered into another queue around the corner.  You can finally see the entrance, so close but yet so far away!

Le Bouillon Chartier

At this point my boyfriend was getting grumpy, and I was thinking… please please please I hope the food is amazing to justify for all this waiting. Finally we get into the restaurant and it looked super cozy and so beautiful!

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Then things started to, well let’s say things took an unexpected turn…

We were seated at a table, and the waiter told us to hang our coats on the overhead shelves.  Next thing we know we saw two strangers seated beside us.  Not as in the table beside us, but literally sitting next to us at the same table.  Then the waiter just threw out four pieces of folded paper onto the table, which happened to be the menu.  My boyfriend and I just looked at each in confusion, and decided to ask our “dinner party” (who were two French locals, a father and his son) what was going on…

Our French dinner guest, looking puzzled at our confusion, asked:

Do you know about this place?   

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