This is a wonderful brasserie in Place Wilson, Toulouse, which I visited in May with my mates Debs, Sal and Lynn. Lynn, an old friend (time not age you cheeky buggers) from America spent two fun-filled weeks (or at least I think so!) with me in May of this year –and yes, I know that's 3 months ago. Don't get me going on the Snail Trail again...
I hadn't seen Lynn in 5 years, so we happily spent 15 days doing non-stop talking, drinking and eating. A very civilized way to spend time with friends. The weather was dire so we had to eat and drink more just to stay warm...okay, lame excuse, I know.
We had many nice meals during her stay, but this one was certainly the best. I ate there once last year and never got round to telling you about it – snails will often overtake me – but decided not to let this one slide by. I photographed the menu to remind myself, but it's a bit blurry...it's tough being blonde at times.
Last year we all had salads, great big tasty meals-in-one, but this time 3 of the 4 of us went for the Menu of the Day and it too was fantastic. Sally had a very deelicious salad:
Ceaser salad with thinly sliced breast of smoked chicken, capers and croutons (and shaved Parmesan).
At €24 for a starter and main, or main and dessert, it's a tad more than the usual daily menus around here (€12-15), but also a lot better in variety and taste. Debbie and I had the starter and main, and Lynn the starter and dessert.
For starters we both chose:
Sweet red peppers stuffed with salt cod, mashed potatoes and fried garlic.
It was super. I have made this myself in the past and felt that my potato fish mix was slightly more tasty, but this was deelicious. Mine didn't look quite as appetizing so I'll have to work on that for next time. I'll post the recipe soooon.
There were 3 main course options and we each chose different ones and we were all very happy with our choices.
Grilled squid on a plancha, basmati rice (with pineapple) and a (light) curry sauce.
Piece of Black Angus Beef, fresh French Fries and a salad (and a type of relish).
Skewer of chicken marinated with preserved lemons, and Oriental style eggplant.
In the interest of this blog and not (only) because I am a greedy pig, I had to taste everyone's food, and I can attest to the fact that it was all exceedingly good. I like to try different things so the Chicken dish which I had was really up my alley. The sauce had sweet soy sauce, preserved lemons and paprika in it and I will be giving it a bash sometime.
The dessert Lynn chose for dessert looked and tasted great:
Hazelnut cake, milk chocolate and frangipangi
The other option was: Small sweet cream puff, strawberries and vanilla flavored cream. Sally ordered a Cafe Gourmand which is an espresso with small dessert thingies and got the second dessert option with a boule of the frangipangi ice-cream from the other dessert. It was also really super.
It was a terrific meal and I can really recommend giving it a try. Oh and the girls all said the bathroom was super – will have to try it next time!
13, Place Wilson