Saturday, March 06, 2010

Chez Cécile et Aimé

Friday evening atmosphere at Chez Cécile et Aimé
8 rue Oustry, Rodez/ 05-65-69-57-97


Back when I was writing my cooking blog, I imagined posting about local restaurants, either on Cuisine Quotidienne or here. I even toyed with the idea of trying to write real "restaurant reviews," but since Aveyron is a small place, I didn't want to get anybody's nose out of joint.

The result is a pile of untagged, but categorized, photos of local eateries. Since I don't plan to be writing anything resembling restaurant reviews in the near future, I thought I'd just share some of my favorite local restaurants with you in an informal, non-exhaustive fashion.


A spring "assiette" with smoked salmon, asparagus, and other goodies

There's not a lot on the Web about this funky and creative restaurant/salon de thé which has now been open for seven years in the Rodez town center. I did find a press article about its opening, and can say that the owners, sisters Florence and Isabelle Sabin, have been true to their ideals. Everything is homemade, and the menus change nicely with the seasons.

The restaurant is located in an old house, which is cozy and creatively decorated. You can eat in three rooms, and in the summer, on two different terrasses.

Okay, no one was dining outside on the day I took this picture, but at least it gives you an idea.

Chez Cécile et Aimé features homemade quiches, salads, desserts, and other dishes depending on the season and the inspiration of the chef who has worked for them for five years now. Prices are reasonable and "la maison" is open non-stop from 10:00 am until 6pm, serving late breakfast, lunch and mouth-watering goûters.

For a special dining experience, go on Friday evening -- the only day they are open for dinner. We often do.

12 comments:

katiez said...

I've always wanted to find a nice local restaurant and become a 'regular' But, other than the pizza place done the rode, there's nothing close. We really need to get out of the country.... I love the 'spring plate' I miss spring....

Loulou said...

I wish they had been open when I was there, but it gives me another reason to go back to see you in Rodez!

Betty C. said...

We truly are regulars here; the owners are daughters of a family my husband knew professionally. It's nice to have restaurants where you feel practically at home.

Laura in Paris said...

Lovely "assiette"!

Annette said...

being a Ruthénoise and now living on the French Riviera, I really miss the simplicity of good and fresh food you can still find in Aveyron.
I really enjoyed reading your blog (now in my favorites), it is really nice to read about home from an "external" (although you're now part of the large Aveyronnaise family now ! )point of view.

meredith said...

Looks charming and boy am I hungry for a spring assiete!

Leon and Sue Sims said...

Really nice pics - Missed rodez in past trips. I shall keep your blog a secret from my wife. She loves cooking and our 2 cats.
Leon
http://melbourneourhome.blogspot.com/

Dedene said...

I'm with Megan, I'm dying for spring food.
The restaurant looks lovely, how nice to have something like that close to chez toi.
PS. yes I'm on Twitter but I have no idea how or why to use it.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Looks and sounds like the sort of place that would draw me. I like the little courtyard.

I want someone to fix imaginative spring food for me. Or maybe I can sort something out for the weekend. This post really inspires me.

Emm said...

That garden/terrasse looks like it will be a lovely place, come sllghtly warmer weather. Very nice "review" of the restaurant. Thanks.

Oh, and in keeping with the restaurant theme, word verification is "milkya."

SueC said...

We had a lovely lunch here last summer - sitting at that little pink table. We'll definitely seek it out again when we are next in Rodez

SueC said...

We had a lovely lunch here last summer - sitting at that little pink table. We'll definitely seek it out again when we are next in Rodez