Ahhh, I just returned from having my latest Cassoulet "fix" at the recommended Bistro Clovis. Indeed, this is both an excellent rendition of a Parisian bistro in terms of decor as well as cuisine. My friend and I both had (big surprise) the Cassoulet Toulousaine! We started with the Bistro salade as a sort of penance for the wonderful fatty goodness of which we were to partake. It was a bit overdressed, but did have some interesting pickled fruit (or perhaps only macerated).
In any case, on to the main event. The Cassoulet was indeed true to form with the long white beans favored in Toulouse. Nary a tomato to be seen, but excellent pork and pork belly, two types of saucisson, a sizable leg of duck confit and a proper crust all served piping hot in what appeared to be an ancient piece of crockery (not quite a traditional cassole, but I'm not complaining ;)
The taste was very good, led by a prominent nose and taste of garlic, the beans had a nice creamy texture and, more importantly, tasted of all the wonderful meats cooked therein. All in all, a hearty portion and a satisfying flavor throughout.
As to the famed Tarte Tatin, time was not on our side as we noted too late that it should be preordered as it apparently takes upwards of 20 minutes to bake. However, neither of us is too sad at the prospect of a return visit.
On a different note of some concern, we were one of only three full tables at this lovely restaurant. It does not bode well for Bistro Clovis if they can't draw a bigger dinner crowd on a Thursday night at 7:30pm. Please go and try this restaurant. Too often, the rush to patronize the latest and "greatest" (?) new eateries leaves smaller more non-descript locales such as this to suffer.
Well, that about covers it. Thanks again to those who suggested Bistro Clovis, it was a good call. Now I must retire to the living room for a glass of Armagnac. Hell, I think I'll continue to guild the lily as it were and have a cigar to cap off the evening (relax, just a short Maduro wrapped CAO to aide the digestion).
*Next on the Cassoulet hit list...Le Central (report to come)