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    Le Dahu: recommended

    by iaint Written Mar 30, 2014

    Monday night, Toulouse. 75% of restaurants are closed.
    I’d decided I wanted cassoulet, but the places I’d seen which have it on the menu were all shut or over-priced.
    After a bit of wandering around, I found Le Dahu. It was empty at 8pm, which made me suspicious. On the other hand, most people don’t eat out on Mondays.
    It turned out really well. I had the menu découverte at €18. Good value and excellent quality.
    Onion soup to start - ideal on a cold, wet evening. Then a chicken brochette, served with veggies, polenta and a half baked potato.
    A glass of Gaillac red to aid the digestion.

    Favorite Dish: Both were excellent. Chicken was more excellent, I suppose!

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    La Faim des Haricots: superb!!!

    by iaint Written Mar 30, 2014

    Sunday lunchtime, Toulouse. 90% of restaurants are shut.
    I did some research in my guidebook and in the helpful visitor materials my apartment owner supplied. We had a choice of about 3 places in the city centre!
    In fact it turned out brilliantly. This place was excellent. Vegetarian, but with the quality of what was on offer, who would care. I admit to being vegan or vegetarian 5 days out of 7, when I’m behaving myself, which gives me an insight to both sides of the divide.
    Anyway, fabulous salads, 3 excellent quiches and a dish of the day - couscous.
    My meal plan included a 25cl carafe of white wine. Excellent too.
    Service was friendly and helpful, as it was wherever I ate over my 7 days. Normal in this part of the country.
    Two words of advice. The tables are close together, so be aware if you’re claustrophobic or wanting somewhere intimate. Plus we were there close after 12, and it filled up very quickly. Go early.

    Favorite Dish: Any one of several of the salads. Imaginative. Fresh. Delicious.

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    Le Retour Du Marché: loved it!

    by iaint Written Mar 23, 2014

    Great dinner. It was wet, so somewhere close to the apartment was ideal.

    This place is only 100m away. Perfect.

    The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. It's small. 7-8 tables inside and two on the pavement. Staff comprises the chef and a waiter. They must be good at what they do.

    I had foie gras, then duck breast, with crême brûleé. Sounds rather mundane, but the way it was served made it all quite special. A bottle of Bourgueil to wash it down. Coffee & Armagnac to aid the digestion.

    Highly recommended. Best to book.

    €84 for 2 people. 3 courses each.

    Favorite Dish: Foie gras, I reckon. Other courses were good too.

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    L'Hémicycle: wonderful

    by iaint Written Mar 21, 2014

    I just wandered in by chance at lunchtime after visiting Les Abattoirs gallery. Excellent judgment.

    Lovely food. Excellent service. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Not cheap at €32 for 3 courses (no wine) but worth it.

    Starter was the leaks. Main was the duck. Chocolate mousse for desert. See the photo of the menu for details.

    Favorite Dish: The starter. Different. Delicious.

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    Le P’tit Louis: Korean!

    by iaint Written Mar 21, 2014

    My landlady recommended this Korean place, so I went in for lunch one day.
    It’s small - 4 tables inside plus 6-8 places at the counter. A couple outside.
    It seems to be just a husband & wife operation, but I suppose it’s small enough for that.
    I had the jeyuk - stir fried pork with vegetables and rice. It was served with miso soup and a wee salad. €11.50.
    It was good. The service was a bit mixed up, but put that down to the language - 2 foreigners trying to get it right in French.

    Favorite Dish: Jeyuk - didn't have anything else. Yet.

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    Le Filatier Toque: Delicious meal at a small place

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 4, 2013

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    This is a small, comfortable little restaurant on rue des Filatiers, which is crowded with nice little restaurants. It was unpretentious but the service was very good, and the meal was excellent.

    The street was crowded with little restaurants and bars so it was a bit difficult to choose where to go really.

    Favorite Dish: Pavé de truite rôti aux cacahuètes et sirop d'érable.
    roasted with peanuts and maple syrup
    the sauce was delicious, the portion reasonably good
    nicely presented and appetizing.

    Dessert was one of the best Ive ever had
    it was a white chocolate tart with fresh raspberries
    it was one of those things that you just ate tiny little pieces of to make it last
    and last and last, it was so delicious!!!

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    Le nez rouge: A nice little bistro

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 19, 2013

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    Le Nez Rouge is a relatively small bistro/restaurant on rue la Dalbade, directly across the street from Notre Dame la Dalbade in the historic center of Toulouse.

    They seem to emphasize their wine selection but it was a clean, tastefully decorated place that was clean and served an enjoyable dinner. Remember, dinners in France are not going to be large things, and the dinner i had was true to form. the kitchen was pretty speedy. the one waitress was helpful with her english.

    I found the french tradition of not hurrying through dinner a pleasant change and this was certainly a fun place to enjoy.

    Favorite Dish: I had a delicious veal served with some potatoes and greens. Presentation was tasteful
    and the sauce was delicious!

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    Monsieur George's: Near Emile, but also pretty good

    by Flyboy9MR Written May 17, 2013

    Emile was full - no tables, so coworker and I went across the square to Monsieur George's. Interesting place, with a different theme on each of the 4 floors. Had the seafood risotto... very tasty! Nice and simple withe good flavor. Coworker had the lamb with Gnocci (which he said was fried so crispy but tasty). The Charcuterie was also pretty good. Ambiance was nice... there were a couple of tables with tourists, so not all locals. We sat on the 3rd floor, where it was an old theme, with a black and white movie playing. Good selection of whiskeys. Not on list of most popular, but one of the local coworkers recommended this as an alternative to Emile for us, and thankfully he did. Would definitely go back.

    Favorite Dish: Risotto, Charcuterie.

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    Brasserie Les Arcades: Fun place to eat with very good food

    by Beausoleil Written Mar 10, 2013

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    We flew into Toulouse, landed mid-afternoon and decided we didn't want to drive to our gite that day so we took the bus into town and stayed at the Hotel Albert1 near Place du Capitole. I needed a SIM card for my phone and we had a couple errands in Toulouse (great shopping). When it was time for dinner, we didn't want to look for anything so we just walked down to Place du Capitole which is a fun place to visit anyway and looked for a restaurant with a menu we liked at a price we were willing to pay. After looking at several menus, we settled in at the Brasserie Les Arcades on the corner of the Place. On the far side, there was a band playing for something and there were all sorts of things happening that we enjoyed watching from our table on the Place. Do eat outside if the weather is all right because it's such fun.

    Favorite Dish: Here's my journal entry for the meal: "We all had cuisse de canard in a light orange sauce and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth potatoes Dauphinoise. The wait staff are lots of fun and definitely used to tourists. Peg got a chocolate dessert and we cheerfully helped her eat it because the waiter brought three spoons . . . nice waiter."

    The waters are definitely used to tourists and very engaging. We had a grand time and it was very relaxing after our long journey from California and an afternoon shopping. The food was very good, the staff excellent and the surroundings great fun. Highly recommended.

    The inside is quite elegant but the outside is more fun.

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    Toulouse ville espagnole: Des adresses qui comptent dans la Ville rose

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    La Tantina de Burgos : Ici, les tapas ne sont qu'un prétexte. On vient d'abord à la Tantina pour la sangria et pour faire la fête. Les étudiants l'ont compris, eux qui arrivent souvent en grappes pour s'offrir des soirées bien arrosées et donner de la voix. Here, hit them are only a pretext. One first comes to the Tantina for sangria and to make the feast. The students understood it, them that often arrive in clusters to offer itself of the very watered evenings and to give the voice.
    27 avenue Garonnette. Tél:05 61 32 84 59.

    L'Esquinade : Un cadre intime, hors du monde. A découvrir midi et soir pour ses excellents calamares asados al pimenton, et le matin pour ses «concerts tôt» que Vicente promet «sans porc et sans reproche». An intimate setting, out of the world. To discover noon and evening for its excellent calamares asados al pimenton, and the morning for its «concerts early» that Vicente promises «without pork and without reproach»
    28 rue de la Chaîne. Tél: 05 61 12 12 72.

    Le Don Huevon : Il est un peu plus cher que les autres, mais il propose une cuisine espagnole de qualité dans un cadre alliant architecture toulousaine et décor méditerranéen. Expose actuellement des œuvres de Teresa Tejerizo. It is a little dearer than the other, but it proposes a Spanish cuisine of quality in a setting allying toulousian architecture and Mediterranean decor. Expose œuvres of Teresa Tejerizo
    23 avenue du Cimetière. Tél: 05 61 34 12 34.

    Favorite Dish:
    La Sidreria : La déco est basque, le cidre gratuit à chaque fois que la cloche retentit. Et le merlu à la plancha (1 kg pour deux) à tomber par terre. Laissez quand même un peu de place à ces dames qui dansent des sévillanes entre deux tables. The decoration is Basque, the free cider at every time that the bell sounds. And the hake to the plancha (1 kg for two) to fall on the floor. Let nevertheless a little place to these ladies that dance some sevillanas between two tables
    25 route de Blagnac. Tél: 05 61 57 18 12.

    Le Mas y mas : Piments d'Espelette, jambons pendus au plafond et affiches de corrida pour la déco. Soirée sévillane le 1er et le 3e mardi de chaque mois pour la fiesta. Trente tapas pour la carte. Un resto à déguster entre amis. Pimentos of Espelette, hanged hams to the ceiling and posters of bullfight for the decoration. Evening sevillanas the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of every month for the fiesta. Thirty hit for the card. A restaurant to taste between friends
    10 rue des Filatiers. Tél: 05 61 25 97 97.

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    Les cousins latinos: Toulouse ville espagnole

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Restos et autres bars à tapas qui valent également le détour
    Restaurants and other tapas bars that are worth the detour also :

    La Bonita : 112 Grand rue Saint-Michel. Pour les amateurs de viande. Un conseil si vous y allez le soir, mangez léger le midi. For the amateurs of meat. An advice if you go there in the evening, eat light the noon.

    Le Puerto Habana : 12 port Saint-Etienne. Pour finir la soirée. Salsa garantie jusqu'au bout de la nuit. To finish the evening. Guaranteed Salsa until the tip of the night.

    Le Barrio latino : 144 avenue de Muret. Même envie de faire la fête, même punition qu'au Puerto Habana. Same desire to make the feast, same punishment that in the Puerto Habana.

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    Le charme du sud

    by Klod5 Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Le charme du Sud de la France, c'est de pouvoir déjeuner dehors, même au plein coeur de l'hiver. Dans les petites rues piétonnes du centre historique, les nombreux petits restaurants n'hésitent pas à sortir tables et chaise pour le plus grand plaisir des consommateurs. Vous avez souvent déjeuné dehors au mois de février ?

    The charm of the South of France, it is to be able to eat lunch outside, even to the full heart of the winter. In the small streets pedestrians of the historic center, the numerous small restaurants don't hesitate to leave tables and chair for the biggest pleasure of the consumers. Did you often eat lunch outside in the month of February ?

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    Le Cafe des Couleurs: Yum

    by aah_stone Written Mar 10, 2004

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    When I ate here I had something from the set menu (presented by the waitress on a huge blackboard) when translated from French was 3 meats, no idea what these 3 meats were. Also a brown spice/herb was sprinkled all over it, again, no idea. But it was really very tasty and well worth having.

    Desert was gorgeous, from a choice of very tempting cakes.

    The cafe/restaurant itself was decorated in a modern and lively style with North African feel. Very friendly staff if a little perplexed by our dodgy French. Background music was at the right level. Good atmosphere.

    Eat here, I recommend it.

    Be careful though it is closed Sundays.

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    Le Pere Louis: Le Pere Louis

    by s_odyssey Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    THE ELDEST BAR OF TOULOUSE (1889)

    "Quinquina" tasting. This bar dates back to the 19th century and while keeping all of its authencity (100 yrs old bottles covered in dust), you will be able to taste the local wines.

    Quinquinas and tap: 2.28 EUR
    Coffee: 1.22 EUR

    45, rue des Tourneurs
    (Cartier: Carmes/Esquirol)
    Tel. 05 61 21 33 45

    Early Appero @ le Pere Louis

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    Al Fresco

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 6, 2003

    The weather hit 30 degrees when we here so, as it was also warm at night, we ate outdoors most of the time. One of the nicest places for a picnic is by the banks of the Garonne. In particular the grassy areas near the Pont Neuf are worth visiting.

    Favorite Dish: Wine, baguettes, cheese!

    Pont Neuf

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