On my recent trip to Seattle earlier this month, my friend C and I decided to go back to Toulouse Petit again for their Late Night Happy Hour. We were craving their Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab and hoping that on this visit, the soup will be as good as the version we tasted on our very first visit. When we arrived shortly before 10pm on a Friday evening for the start of Late Night Happy Hour, the place was already hopping and we were lucky we managed to get the last spot along the bar. The atmosphere was a stark contrast to our first visit when we went on a Monday night and the restaurant/bar was nearly empty.
On this visit, both my friend C and I were in the mood for a cocktail. Normally, I’m not much of a cocktail drinker as I often find them to be too sweet for my liking. However, as I was perusing the cocktail menu at Toulouse Petit, I found one that caught my eye. I ordered the Katie Mae ($7.50), which consisted of vodka, St. Germain (elderflower liqueur), grapefruit juice, and sparkling wine. My friend C ordered the Madame Toulouse ($7.50), which contained grapefruit vodka, peach puree, honey, and sparkling wine. The flavour profile of both cocktails were actually quite similar. I really enjoyed the Katie Mae as it was more tart than sweet and was really refreshing. Comparatively, I found the Madame Toulouse to be too sweet for my liking. Since my friend C has more of a sweet tooth, she actually enjoyed the Madame Toulouse more.
Of course, we started off with a bowl of the Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab ($5) again. Like on our first visit, the soup was rich, creamy, smooth, and velvety. The Dungeness crab pieces were tender, fresh, and flavourful. And I could taste the truffle oil in the soup. However, on this visit, I found the soup to be grossly underseasoned. A bit of salt would have gone a long ways in helping to bring out the flavours in the soup. I just wish the food would be more consistent at Toulouse Petit. On our very first visit, this soup was incredible. It was perfection in a bowl! But on our second visit, the soup was watery. And now on this visit, the soup was underseasoned.
Next up was our other favourite, the Crab Ravigote over Fried Green Tomatoes ($8).
Like on our previous visits, the slices of green tomatoes were lightly coated in a cornmeal crust and fried to perfection. The Louisiana blue crab in a Tarragon-Chive Ravigote was tender and fresh. I’m glad to see that at least this dish has been consistent on all our visits.
On this visit, we decided to try the Braised and Fried Hempler’s Bacon ($6). The bacon was slow braised until it was melt-in-your-mouth tender and then fried so the outside layer was crispy. It was served on a bed of velvety onion soubise along with some smoky Rhone demi-glace and topped with crispy fried onions. The bacon was very savoury but a little on the heavy side.
Last but not least, we also tried the Crispy Fried Pork Cheek Confit ($5.00). We had tried the Pork Cheek Confit on our brunch visit to Toulouse but it was prepared slightly differently. For brunch, the pork cheek confit was mixed into the hash consisting of fried fingerling potatoes, peppery arugula and perfectly cooked asparagus. Here, the Crispy Fried Pork Cheek Confit was served like bruschetta, atop a crostini topped with a tart apple and cornichon salad along with pickled shallots and Dijon mustard. While this Crispy Fried pork Cheek Confit ‘Bruschetta’ was tasty, it didn’t have a wow factor like the brunch plate of Pork Cheek Confit Hash did. I also found the bruschetta a bit difficult to eat as the toppings were falling off so it was hard for me to get a little of everything in each bite.
I still think Toulouse Petit is a great place to go for a late night snack. The kitchen is open till 1am nightly and their Happy Hour dishes are inexpensive. Their Happy Hour menu is extensive and has many of the same items as their regular lunch/dinner menus except in smaller portions. This provides an opportunity for us to sample different dishes on each visit.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
601 Queen Anne Ave N