Azay-le-Rideau is an attractive village on the Indre River. For such a small town there are a lot of restaurants to choose from (at least fifteen in a town of 3100 residents). As far as we are concerned by far the best restaurant in town is Coté Cour, situated right by the gates of the chateau.
Pavé de merlu, céréales gourmandes et petits légumes.
Hake, gourmet grains and diced vegetables.
It is run by husband and wife team Fréd in the kitchen and Sandrine doing front of house. He's from Corsica, she's from Paris. They live above the restaurant. Both of them speak reasonable English.
Duo de melon et tomates, tranche de jambon cru.
Duo of melon and tomatoes, slice of air-dried ham.
The menu is limited and focused on fresh local produce. It's a mixture of year-round staples and dishes that come and go as the seasons wax and wane. It is one of the few restaurants in the area that we can happily take vegetarians. Fréd only needs to be asked and he will whip up something delicious and plant-based. He told me once that he thinks French chefs should take diners who prefer plant-based dishes much more seriously than they currently do, and I'm sure he enjoys the challenge of creating something new that makes the diner happy.
Tranches de gigot de porc et légumes au wok.
Slices of leg of pork and stir-fried vegetables.
Salade d'épinards, magrets et oranges.
Spinach, fat duck breast and orange salad.
Fréd in his surprisingly small kitchen.
The interior of the restaurant.
The lunch menu recently.
Sandrine at the reception desk.