I know very little about Sale in Manchester, and it certainly wasn’t on my culinary radar. The neighbouring town of Altrincham is absolutely chokka block with great restaurants, but I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of a single restaurant in Sale.
That all changed when I was asked to do some photography for a lovely Bistro called Chez Nous on Marsland Road. After a tremendously enjoyable afternoon snapping (and tasting) all sorts of dishes from black pudding bon bons to deep fried crab, my friend Jennie and I were ready for a sit down and a proper dinner.
Chez Nous is an elegant restaurant, but still very cosy and welcoming. The exposed brick walls and the black and white photos of Sale in the 50s are a nice touch. And even though I’d spent the afternoon working there, as soon as dinner time arrived I embraced the role of being a guest in an atmospheric and pretty restaurant.
Jennie and I decided we might as well go the whole hog and order three courses. So I went for deep fried Panko king prawn for starters, seared fillet of sea bass with Asian vermicelli and bok choi for main and a greedy sticky toffee pudding for afters.
All of it was top notch. I really enjoyed the breadcrumbed prawns, which were fresh and crunchy, although I did wolf those down, so unfortunately I didn’t really reflect on the flavour, other than yum! The sea bass was perfectly cooked and the sweet and sour vermicelli was a lovely accompaniment. Finally the pudding – I think the photo of the sticky toffee pudding below speaks for itself. Moist and creamy and gorgeous, it tasted as good as it looked.
Apart from the delicious food, I just thought the staff serving us were brilliant – personable, fun and friendly and very attentive. I couldn’t have asked for more.