Les Planeurs

Restaurant Les Planeurs in ToulouseLes Planeurs (Toulouse) - © Les Planeurs

After reigning supreme in the kitchens of Le Cette in Paris, the excellent Katsunori Nakanishi has brought his knifes to a restaurant in Toulouse, located along the banks of the Canal du Midi. The space feels like a cross between someone’s apartment and a dive (it was still being renovated when we visited), lit up by vintage lamps. Seated on the incredible terrace at night, you can smooch your loved one, while whetting your lips with living wines selected by the very handsome Toshiyuki Kondo, the former sommelier at La Pente Douce: an Anjou from Benoît Courault (€42 a bottle), Côtes-du-Roussillon from Loïc Roure (€36), La Gérine, a Ventoux from the Domaine la Ferme Saint-Martin (€4 a glass), etc. As for the food, there’s a wild lunch menu for 19 bucks. The other day: delicious scrambled eggs with saucisson from the Aveyron, mixed greens and mandolined vegetables; memorable marinated, stewed and then flash-seared beef from the Aubrac, topped with oyster mushrooms, leeks, raw onions and fresh herbs; and a divine chocolate quenelle. At night, Katsunori raises the stakes with a choice between his “bistro” menu (eg: foie gras pressé, roast veal and root vegetables, almond blancmange, €36) and a “carte blanche” menu featuring, for example: octopus carpaccio with a Cévennes onion sauce and shiso; pan-fried foie gras with a jus de viande; lamb prepared four different ways; peach with mint and a grape jelly. Menus €19-30 (lunch), €36-50 (dinner). // Philippe Lafon

Getting there

Restaurant Les Planeurs
56, boulevard des Minimes
TEL: +33 9 86 51 56 95