La Belle Vie Bistro
La Belle Vie Bistro is a traditional slice of France found in prime position with sweeping views on a Bardon hilltop.
By day, the glass-walled, pavilion-style dining room has a backdrop of the lush, green hills of Bardon and Paddington and, by night, an enchanted vista of twinkling lights.
Crisp, white table cloths and little pots of fresh flowers add an air of formality to the chic, spacious dining room, which has an intimate bar to one side, perfect for a pre-dinner Kir Royale or French-flavoured cocktail.
The menu features all of the French classics with a fresh twist, with entrees including Saint-Jacques (pan-seared scallops, vanilla infused oil, jambon Serano, leak fondue); Foie Gras (foie gras mi-cuit, brioche toast and fig chutney; Escargots (whole snails cooked with garlic and butter); or French Onion Soupe with truffle and gruyere cheese croutons.
Plat Principal (mains) include Eye fillet, beurre Cafe de Paris, red wine jus and French fries; Quail marinated in Dijon mustard, creamy sauce, sweet potato, broccolini and pleurote mushroom; Duck in 2 ways, braised leg, duck breast, orange sauce, roast mushrooms honey, and spice duck breast with roast potato; or Grilled Rack of Lamb, red wine jus, smoked thyme and Mediterranean vegetables.
For afters, there's a selection of French artisan cheeses or Desserts such as Crème Brûlée , French-style poached pear in mulled wine with almond ice-cream, or Fondant (melting chocolate cake and cherry ice-cream).
La Belle Vie also offers a selection of set menus including a 3-course Le P'tit menu for $75 per person, a 5-course menu for $89 per person, as well as 3 or 5-course set Vegetarian menus, all with the option of wine pairings to accompany.
The wine list at La Belle Vie features small batch organic wines from both France and Australia, and champagnes from Reims and Avize. A selection of craft beers from France, Belgium and Queensland are available, along with premium spirits including Calvados and Cognac. Traditional digestives include Chartreuse Green and Jezebel Absinthe, or try a dessert cocktail such as the Crème Brûlée Martini.
Good to know - The majority of the entrees and desserts and all of the mains and sides are gluten-free. There's also an excellent kids' menu, with a choice of Crozet pasta, crumbed chicken or crumbed fish and fries for mains, and ice-cream for dessert.
Need to know - There is free, off-street and undercover parking in the shopping square that La Belle Vie is located in.
La Belle Vie
1/60 MacGregor Tce
0435 200 282