Fishy Fridays.

Barely a fraction of what is on offer at the amazing Victor Hugo market. Proper write up on that later.

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Golden Dawn / Hopus Dei.

Not to be confused with a far right Greek political movement, instead wonderful French IPAs containing honey. I’ve always been a sucker for pseudo-religious labels…

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Le Point d’Ogre, Toulouse.

I enjoy restaurants with little choice; it feels me with a sense of confidence. Even better when there are no choice to certain parts of your meal. “This is what you are having and you will like it because this is what we specialise in“. I like nothing more than surrendering myself to a restaurant and putting my full father in the chefs.

Which brings us to this next gem Toulousaine: Le Point d’Ogre. Created in 1994 and nestled amongst the bohemian streets of the Carme area, Le Point d’Ogre brings you back to the basics. First of all you have no choice in your starter. Instead you are presented with a wonderfull basket containing fresh market vegetables, a variety of cured sausages (saucisson sec, a chorizo-esque offering and a boudin noire), smoked duck, the cold soup of the day (in this case a beetroot gaspatcho) and a trio of condiments; opinion jam, aoli and my favourite, tapenade. All fait maison bien sur.

As we roll onto the main course it becomes abundantly clear; like many good restaurants here, being vegetarian is simply not an option. You can choose from five meat options from la carte or check out the specials board. Which I can assure you will contain meat. Once you have written your mains order on the table’s chalk board, you are ready to roll; my magret de canard has been the best thus far. Cooked on an open fire in the corner of the restaurant and simply seasoned with some sea salt. Outstanding. Sides have to be ordered separately and will come in the from of either parmesan poulenta, garlic mash or a sucrose salad. That is it. Would you want / need anything other than those options? Probably not.

Le Point d’Ogre is a must do if you are ever in the city. You will be warmly welcomed and well taken care of. It is certainly a little dearer than most restaurants but 100% worth the rustic dining experience you will be in for.

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La Faim Des Haricots, Toulouse.

I am a dedicated meat eater. Always have been and always will be. During my childhood in the suburbs of Paris I would take my pocket money (if dad decided to give it to us) and run down to the local shop to buy a wedge of saucisson sec to snack on. It runs deep in me. However having a vegetarian girlfriend forces you to think outside the meaty box, which can be tough, especially if on placement in France. So with H over for a week, I decided to do my homework and find a decent veggie establishment. Cue La Faim Des Haricot.

The first thing that struck me was that there is no actual menu to look at, in lieu of this are tiered meal deals. This is due to the fact that LFDH revolves around the concept of self service hot / cold vegetarian food; from starters through to desserts. But don’t get it twisted, this isn’t a glorified salad bar, each options have been carefully considered and pack serious flavours. We went for the starters / mains / dessert combo, which allowed you to help yourself to as much as you wanted on all options. The food is great, the service super friendly and the place was packed. That night the meat eater in me missed nothing. So veggie or not, if in town go check it out and enjoy a slightly different dining experience.

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Joyeux Vendredi!

A rare weekend off, sponsored by Le Hop Chope.

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Chez Nous Les Libanais, Toulouse.

Toulouse is a young, vibrant and, more importantly, multiculural city. Walk down any street and you can feel the Occitane / Spanish / North African vibes. As such their Lebanese food scene is strong. I stumbled across Chez Nous Les Libanais, on Rue Jean Suau, due to it’s proximity to my flat. The insides are pretty pokey and you will have to wait a small while (especially during the rush, which is most of the day) however it is completely worth it. They are purveyors of outrageously good Medditerranean food. Fresh herbs and spices galore; you won’t leave hungry.

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La Vie Quotidienne Pt Deux.

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