Lutèce in Bardon Reopens As La Belle Vie Bistro & Bar

French bistro & wine bar Lutèce in Bardon has a new name and new owners who hope to continue the same high standards as its former owner, renowned Brisbane Chef Romain Bapst. La Belle Vie Bistro & Bar started trading on 18 Aug 2020, offering traditional French fare with some modern twists. 

“We love the old name ‘Lutèce’ too, which was a part of Romain’s legacy, but we are hoping that we can continue giving our customers the same quality experience at La Belle Vie,” the new owners told Lutèce regulars. “We look forward to having you here soon.”

La Belle Vie translates to “The Beautiful Life,” which is what the new owners, Simon Lambert and Behrooz Farahnakian, and the head chef, Samuel Perrin, want diners to experience when they visit the restaurant. Their menu is a smorgasbord of delicious classics, elevated to match the growing batch of drinks list. 

With his background in the European hospitality scene and his Michelin 4-star credentials, Mr Lamber has come up with a small set of organic wines from Australia and France. Choices of craft beers from Queensland, Tasmania, Italy and Belgium are also available, along with traditional cocktails and spirits. 

The restaurant retains Lutèce signature’s dish, the sand crab lasagna, as a tribute to Chef Romain. But diners will also love main dishes (Plat Principaux) like Agneau (slow-cooked lamb shank, red wine jus, smoking thyme, roast Mediterranean vegetable) and Margaret De Canard (Honey and spice duck breast, fondant potato, confit cabbage). 

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Most choices have gluten-free options and the restaurant has a kids’ menu as well.

A lot of Lutèce’s structural elements in the dining room were kept intact when La Belle Vie took over, so it doesn’t feel disorienting for the regulars.  Newcomers, however, will relish in the chic vibe of the formal dining room with its crisp white table linens and glass walls, which highlights the lush beauty of the greenery outside. 

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Chef Romain may have retired but he’s likely pleased to see that he left his bistro and bar among competent restorers. 

For table bookings, phone (07) 3161 1858, or email, or do it online via Bookit. 

Chef Gives Traditional French Dishes a Modern Twist at Bardon French Restaurant

If you’re looking for a bit of indulgence, the sumptuous dishes exquisitely prepared at Lutece in Bardon may just satisfy your craving for a delightful dinner.  Choose from the four-course Lobster Celebration, the Canard à la Presse (Duck on the Press), the Winter Special lunch menu, or the Dinner by Sunset list. 

Lutece serves traditional French food with a modern twist, which is prepared so meticulously by Chef Romain Bapst. If it is your first visit then you need to try the creamy crab lasagne signature dish and the classic escargot. 

While the restaurant’s food choices are limited and change seasonally, you’ll appreciate the set menus because you just have to order and wait comfortably as every meal is served at your table, including the desserts.

Lutece also has a vegetarian and kids menu, as well as an extensive wine list to pair with your meals.

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From the moment you step inside this chic establishment, you’ll get first-class service. Price points might be a bit more expensive than other restaurants, but the fine dining experience is very much worth the price. 

To be clear, Lutece isn’t cheap but you’ll get great value for your money. On Wednesday nights, a jazz band serenades diners. What’s more, the restaurant is located in the foothills of Mt Cool-tha with a great view of the western suburbs so be sure to reserve a seat by the window to make your dining experience even better. 

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Lutece’s trading hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. For reservations, phone (07) 3161 1858 or email

“My husband and I went there this past weekend for lunch and the food was unbelievable. I highly recommend the Lobster Bisque and Crab Lasagna.  We will definitely be back! Great views too. Best french restaurant in Brisbane, by far.”

~ Nicole Maria, Google Reviews

“The food was delicious, the service impeccable and the ambiance amazing. We will certainly be back especially as we live so close. What a gem! Perfect for a special occasion! They even gave us a treat with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate with a sparkler. So special!”

~ Narelle Keresztes, Facebook 

“Something really special. The view is spectacular. The menu spectacular. Get an uber – you don’t want to be the designated driver. Very well priced for food of this quality.”

~ Emma, Zomato