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“Passable food, but very over-priced” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Emile

Chez Emile
13 pl St Georges, 31000 Toulouse, France (Wilson)
05 61 21 05 56
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Ranked #59 of 1,220 restaurants in Toulouse
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Wilson
London, United Kingdom
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“Passable food, but very over-priced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I arrived at this restaurant with high expectations, but was rather disappointed. The food was okay but not exceptional, and if anything rather uninspring. I went for the grilled mixed fish, which was a huge plate but lacked any real taste. My desert of tropical fruit was similarly lacking in a wow factor. My dinning colleagues all made appreciative noises, but again nobody was overly struck by the quality of the food.

I would say I have eaten far better food at half the price in London gastro pubs. The only thing that helped to justify the huge prices was the size of the portions; each dish was a meal in its own right (and probably over-large as a consequence). It was almost as if they were trying to make up for the average quality by increasing the quantity of the serving.

The prices are eye wateringly extortionate; approx 18 Euros minimum for a starter, and an average of 30 Euros for a main course. The cheapest bottle of wine was around 25 Euros. I don't object to paying high prices for good food, but this restaurant felt a rip off.

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, but the upstairs room where we were eating was very hot and stuffy. We all breathed a sigh of relief each time a customer left and the door outside would let through a brief jet of fresh air. They need to sort out some air conditioning.

They do have outside seating. However there is a very noisy bar across the road. I think if we had been sat outsde paying a huge price for dinner while having to listen to the raucous young drinkers having fun, it would have further taken the edge of my evening.
The service was good, and was probably the best aspect of the restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the best kitchens in Toulouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This small restaurant serves very good food and they offer very good service. The wine list is outstanding; it runs up to some very fancy prices.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Cassoulet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We were lucky to get into the restaurant at lunch on Easter Sunday. Fortunately we stopped by the restaurant just after it opened and were told to come back at 1.30pm and a table would be free for us. The restaurant is very tightly packed the tables are close together. We dined upstairs and the is a tight spiral staircase to the dining area.
We went straight for the cassoulet and it was very good, top quality meat ingredients. We both thoroughly enjoyed the course. For dessert we both ordered the soufflé and whilst we have had better it was very good.
The menu is in french, but they did have a translated menu for the a la carte starters and main courses.
I'm glad we did get to visit the restaurant as the cassoulet really was very good. Make sure that you reserve if you would like to visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good restaurant in the oldtown of Toulouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I really enjoyed the dinner in the "Chez Emile" Restaurant in Toulouse. The Restaurant is situated in the old town of Toulouse. The ambiance is very nice and typically French. The meals and the Service were very good. The restaurant provides a big choice and variety of local wines.
Very nice Restaurant Overall..!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not to be missed just for the food!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Whilst quite tight, the dining room is elegantly decorated and is pleasant and cosy.
The staff must be kept pretty busy when it is full, as there only seemed to be the patron and one young female assistant. They were efficient but not that attentive.

This was however more than made up for by the excellent quality of the food.

For my entre I ordered the herring and potatoes Emile's style which was outstanding. It would not be out of place in a Michelin star establishment. the herring and potatoe had been very finely diced and molded into a solid bar spread with caviar on top, served with lovely shapes of sour cream and dill on the side. The dressing for the herring and potatoe mix was excellent and I simply didn't want it to end!

There are many choices beyond the dish defining cassoulet, which is as good as it comes and only shows how bad the tourist versions are offered elsewhere. Emile's cassoulet has a rich juicy and tasty sauce with a good hint of herbs, so it is not too dry, it is also not too salty (a common fault), the pork meat was soft and tender and to serve the duck thigh with brown crispy skin is just sheer genius. It is however a large portion. So worth sharing for two unless you are hungry.

Wanting to have the right local regional wine to go with the cassoulet, we asked the patron for his advice and he recommended a Montus red which was simply excellent and complemented the cassoulet perfectly.

We had no room to try the desserts but they looked excellent. A round of armagnacs did not go amiss however and certainly helped with digesting the cassoulet!

All in all a wonderful meal and somewhere I will certainly make the effort to return, despite strong competition from others close by in the centre of Toulouse.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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