Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:41 PM
My cousin and brother are visiting from Los Angeles so we had a little family dinner at Toulouse last night. One of my cousins is on a very restrictive diet while they figure out the source of her migraines. No gluten, no dairy (including eggs), no nuts, etc. I figured the size of Toulouse's menu would allow her to have more choices.
We started with cocktails, a Vieux Carre, sangria, Kir Royale and Madame Toulouse were all ordered. My Vieux Carre was great but surprisingly the Madame Toulouse was really good; grapefruit vodka, peach puree, honey, and sparkling wine.
They have a three course prix fixe menu for $35. Normally I skip right over these because they include dessert, which is not my thing. But this one had a starter, a first and an entree. Plus there were six starters, eight firsts and fourteen mains to choose from!
I started with a "Spring Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Haricots Verts, Artichoke Hearts and Wild Arugula". The artichoke hearts were very, very good. The rest was fine but the Haricots Verts were too large and woody. Paul had a salad with Dungeness crab, grapefruit and avocado that he said was meh. Two people had the fried chicken gumbo which they loved. I had a bite and was surprised how deep and rich the gumbo was. I won't hesitate to order it another time.
For the next course I had crawfish beignets. There were three golf ball sized beignets studded with crawfish. There were excellent and enough for four of us to share. Paul had proscuitto wrapped asparagus which he said was also a meh. My brother had the house made boar and garlic sausage. It was moist and yummy. My cousin had the fried green tomatoes with Dungeness crab (+$4). I had highly recommended it and he loved it.
My main was duck confit with rapini and cippolini onions. There was enough tasso in the rapini that you could have 3 or 4 pieces with every bite. I call that a good tasso to rapini ratio! The duck was a little dry and had too much five spice for me. Three people had the prime rib eye steak frites (+5). And my cousin had chicken with a lemon artichoke sauce. There was nothing leftover on any of their plates.
My brother ordered the red velvet cake for dessert. It was dry and had too many nuts and too little frosting but that didn't stop him from eating it!
Including cocktails, two bottles of an 08 Tempranillo, food and tax the total was $70 per person. A total deal and everyone left happy.
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