Chez Nous, A Hidden Gem in Sale

chez nous sticky toffee pudding

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.

Chez nous
Chez Nous

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.

chez nous deep fried Panko king prawn
Deep fried Panko king prawn
chez nous Sea bass and Asian vermicelli
Sea bass and Asian vermicelli

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.

chez nous Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky Toffee Pudding

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.

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