Friday, February 10, 2012

Le 19 in Toulouse, France

While in Toulouse, we heard of a really good restaurant called Le 19. It was the perfect choice for out last day in the city because it was incredibly delicious. Pretty much everything we ordered was amazing. A great way to end our time in this wonderful French city. 

Le 19

White Truffle Ravioli
This was unbelievable! Mushroom ravioli with truffles and cheese was probably the best revioli dish I had in many years. After I finished it I was seriously considering ordering another portion but then realized that this is only an appetizer and there's more delicious food to come. It goes without saying that after I was done with this, the plate was completely clean.

Risotto With Seafood
I was really happy with this because the chef was not stingy on the seafood. Risotto was perfectly cooked, just the right texture. The entire dish was remarkable but I wish the portion was a little smaller, a bit too filling for an appetizer.

Rack of Lamb

The meat was great and very simply done, as it should be. Delicious!

I really loved this. It was served medium rare, which is perfect for this type of dish. The meat was very soft and delicate with a lightly crispy crust and a nice sauce on top that gave it an extra flavor kick. All together, a very tasty and yet simple dish.

Cassoulet Toulousian
This is the famous dish that Toulouse is known for. A cassoulet is various combinations of different meats and beans, all slow cooked and baked. A very hearty dish. This portion looked almost impossible to finish, especially after amazing appetizers. However, there were four of us at dinner so we all pitched in the entire cassoulet was gone. I highly recommend trying this, especially because each restaurant has their own version so it's always unique and delicious every time.

Congit of Shank Lamb
The lamb was unbelievable. The bone came out without any effort, the meat was so soft that it just slid out. So juicy and tender! I think this was the better of the two lamb dishes.

Pastis Gascon
On to my favorite part of the meal - the dessert! Pastis Gascon was the perfect choice. It's reminded me of an apple pie baked inside a crispy and light pastry. It was topped with a cinnamon ice cream that nicely melted and mixed with the pastry. Absolutely yummy!

Warm Chocolate Cake
What's a meal without a warm chocolate cake. This tasted exactly as it should. Warm chocolate poured out as soon as it was cut. Simple and delicious!

Amandine Pear
Our last dessert and the end our our meal. Amazing caramelized pear in a bed of delicious soft cake. Pear was very soft and not too sweet which was a perfect combination of texture and flavor.

Le 19 was spectacular. Each dish was fresh, balanced and cooked to perfection. We couldn't ask for a more perfect dinner!

Le 19
19 Descente de la Halle aux Poissons  
31000 Toulouse, France

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