In the 19th century places where workers could buy a cheap but healthy soup to eat with their bread, were known as a “bouillon”. In Paris there existed many. Unfortunately, a lot of them disapeared. Some became ordinary cafés, sometimes a nice brasserie, some still exist ( Bouillon Chartier) or in case of Thoumieux were revamped and became a nice restaurant.
The chef Jean-François Piegé was trained by Alain Ducasse, gave the restaurant of Hôtel Le Crillon – Les Ambassadeurs 2 Michelin stars, but preferred to start his own restaurant. He did work together with Thierry Costes , bought Thoumieux, revamped it and it became a success story. Classic French cuisine with a modern twist, good value for money.
Thoumieux, 79, Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, tel 01 47 05 49 75, open 7 days a week ( it’s a place to eat on Sunday !) M° La Tour Maubourg