Le Carbet d’Oc, Toulouse
So… we weren’t quite ready for how late Toulouse dinnertimes start. We had been pondering why most of the street felt so quiet. It turns out a lot of places don’t begin their dinner service until 8pm. We were already hungry.
One place that was fizzing was a bar called Le Carbet d’Oc. Partially in part for being one of the only places open, and another part being a dispensary for drinks. Their front of restaurant courtyard was basically full, with plenty of people keen to sip up the last of the daylight.
We settled in for a table ordering a few of the tapas-style snacks. This included duck fat fries, butternut soup (an equivalent) and a savoury panna cotta. This ended up being very filling, so we ended up bypassing a proper meal time on this night. The duck fat fries were the best, a slight sog, with that richness of the meat fat. It’s a large bucket of fries and we scoffed them down in no time.
Savoury panna cotta, wasn’t quite my thing. It feels like a panna cotta, only that it is salty instead. It could delight a different palate, but felt a bit too out there for me.
The soup (but not soup according to our waitress) was alright but not as rich and hearty as I was hoping for. When I think of butternut, I’m angling for a much more orange, thick type brew. This was weaker and grainy, so not the texture I was hoping for. I don’t know if that was down to this being a different type of preparation.
The service Le Carbet d’Oc was kind, it’s a cool little spot for spending some pre-dinner time in. The Aperol Spritz is a mammoth size, though I found it odd that I got the plastic look-at-me goblet versus the glasses the other tables got. Guess we’ve been marked.
Other top Toulouse restaurants to try: Sandyan Pâtisserie