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Chez Emile- Toulouse

Paprikaboy | Jun 10, 201512:07 PM

I spent a couple of days in Toulouse as part of a longer trip. Unfortunately my lap top’s on the blink but I saved this on my work computer, so may as well post this now.

I must thank Mr Talbott for this rec on another thread. This is the point at which the missus forgave me for spending too much time on Chowhound.

Good Kir Royals , bread and olives set the scene for what was a superb meal. I started with ravioli of foie gras with cep sauce. Some of the lightest pasta I’ve ever eaten encasing rich foie gras. The accompanying sauce was light yet earthy with ceps. The missus chose crab and fennel on discs of potatoes, a really light and cleansing dish. For my main, brochette of pigeon , lightly spiced (mainly cumin I think. These were perfectly pink and came with a confit of the legs and polenta chips. I would have been more than happy to have had the dish across the table. Perfectly cooked turbot on a very well executed chorizo and lemon risotto with bok choi. Can’t recall the sauce exactly but it was a light creamy sauce which was very enjoyable.

Dessert for her was chocolate fondant with blood orange ice cream. This was declared delicious (and she cooks a mean fondant ,so this is praise indeed) and the tart ice cream was a good foil. I chose the raspberry macaron , filled with lemon panna cotta and raspberry coulis. The orange and hibiscus ice cream that accompanied it was soft and delicately fragrant. My only tiny gripe (and I am being very picky here) is that given the size of the macaron I could have done with more ice cream. A serviceable bottle of Chardonnay and a wonderful glass of Bordeaux for my main course (neglected to note the name) for drinks with the meal. Service was crisp and all in all the best meal of the trip by a country mile.

Chez Emile
Place Saint-Georges, 31000 Toulouse, France

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