The Pharamond, iconic establishment of Les Halles since 1832 and classified historical monument, embraces the “Bouillon” spirit and becomes the Petit Bouillon Pharamond. The recipe – a bistro menu, an exceptional setting, small prices and a service from noon to midnight, 7 days a week, without reservation.
The mission of the establishment is to offer a great inexpensive meal. You will probably not spend more than 20 euros for a meal there! The egg mimosa mayonnaise are less than € 2, while the “Bavette d’Aloyaux”, shallot sauce and fries is at 9,90 €. It will cost you barely 4 € to add 25cl of Bordeaux wine with your meal, and € 2.90 for a dessert such a chocolate mousse!
The Pharamond was created by Pierre Heutte, grandfather of Alexandre Pharamond, who moved to Paris to introduce Parisians to Norman cuisine and more precisely ” Tripes à la mode de Caen”.
The restaurant is similar to a Norman half-timbered building on three floors and 400sqm to which are added 55 seats on the terrace, and 4 small rooms that can be privatized on the second floor. The Belle-Epoque style makes the restaurant a unique place for Parisians and tourists. Some famous personalities enjoyed the setting and the food such as Clémenceau, Hemingway, Oscar Wilde or François Mitterrand. For almost a year now, the place is under new management and has become a place similar to other Parisian “Bouillons” such as Bouillon Pigalle or Bouillon Chartier.
Review : We arrived around 7pm for dinner and it was still rather quiet at the time – try and arrive around then as it got very busy after 8 pm! The setting is as lovely as we pictured. In the words of my British husband – ‘it looks very French’! We went straight for mains (unfortunately for a pregnant woman, your options are a bit limited for starters such as pâté, saucisson, foie gras etc!). and had a classic steak and chips and a fish and chips with a side of carrots Vichy (carrots with garlic). I wanted the sea bream on the menu but unfortunately it was not available that day. They were kind enough to give me the delicious sauce that comes with the sea bream with my fish and chips though and it was delicious! The staff is always looking to help. The manager was especially lovely. The fish was fresh and nicely fried – it was not too fat which is rare. The carrots were perfect – very tasty. The steak was excellent too. The best part about the meal was definitely the desserts! The Profiteroles were absolutely incredible and very generous. The ‘Brioche perdue’ similar to French Toast with salted caramel was one of the best desserts I’ve had in a restaurant in a while! It’s very addictive!!
After that we visited the beautiful rooms to privatize upstairs and absolutely fell in love with them. There is a cute room for 2 for a special occasion (150 euros to privatize + the meal) and it is extremely romantic. You can ring a button to ask for the waiter to come but otherwise you are just left alone in your bubble. There is also some bigger rooms for family events for example. We strongly recommend to book one of the rooms for a special occasion as the meal is not very expensive so it really makes up for the price of privatization. You won’t be disappointed with Bouillon Pharamond!
Practical Information :
24, rue de la Grande Truanderie – 75001 Paris
Everyday – 12pm – 12am