La Belle Vie in Bardon Lives Up to the Promise of a ‘Good Life’

For a taste of authentic French cuisine, La Belle Vie, located in the beautiful hills of Bardon, lives up to the promise of a “Good Life.” Led by head chef Samuel Perrin, the revitalised restaurant, which changed hands in mid-2020, has found the right recipe for success despite a challenging time for the industry.

Committed to giving diners the ultimate French dining experience, La Belle Vie’s menu consists of classics like Ratatouille (roast vegetables), Haricot Verts (fried beans),  escargot in butter, and a selection of sumptuous cured meats with Arnaud French rillette and pickles (charcuterie). 

For the entrees, the foie gras and Saint-Jacques (pan-seared scallops, truffle oil, sweet potatoes purée, crispy serrano) essentially paired with French baguette with butter, come highly recommended especially if this is your first time at the restaurant.

Photo Credit: LaBelleVieBistro&Bar/Facebook
Photo Credit: LaBelleVieBistro&Bar/Facebook
Photo Credit: LaBelleVieBistro&Bar/Facebook

Diners put a seal of approval for the Caille (quail coq au vin style with red wine sauce, bacon, mushrooms, onions and carrots) and the Margret (Aylesbury duck breast, honey & spice sauce, mushrooms, roast chat potatoes), showcasing Perrin’s exceptional cooking technique. The ingredients used at the La Belle Vie kitchen are all locally-sourced and the chef perfectly plays up the tastes and texture, with the right consistency and temperature, once served to the guests.

To cap the dining experience, La Belle Vie has a fantastic line-up of desserts, including the gorgeous tarte and crème brûlée with a smidge of the authentic hardtop. Meanwhile, Jean-Jacques Peyre’s brilliant wine selection perfectly complements the chef’s menu. 

Photo Credit: LaBelleVieBistro&Bar/Facebook

Despite the lockdowns within the last 12 months, La Belle Vie has managed to host special COVID-safe events and private functions, which allowed the operations to thrive. Once the restrictions slowly eased off, the restaurant was also the premier choice for wine and lifestyle workshops. 

Meanwhile, it has been indeed a great start for La Belle Vie as was it named as one of the top four French restaurants at the 2021 SEQ Awards for Excellence for the Restaurant and Catering category alongside Bisou Bisou in Fortitude Valley, Haig Rd Bistro in Auchenflower and the winner, Montrachet in Bowen Hills. 

For the menu, opening hours, workshops, functions, and bookings, check out their Facebook page for the details. 

“My husband and my second time here, our first time we knew we wanted to come back to celebrate our anniversary and we did just that. Such an amazing experience and a thoughtful, deliciously, wonderful dessert. Thank you to the team at La Belle Vie, we will have nothing but great things to tell everyone we know.”


“Loved my food, view and staff here.  We had the lunch time two course which I couldn’t believe the quality for the price it was delicious.  Can’t wait to bring my girlfriends here.  The vibe is just gorgeous.” 

Amy Hughes

“Such a great dining experience … it was our first time and we both went with the steak and beans on the side. Both steaks were cooked perfectly to medium rare and the beans were delicious. Service was great as was the ambiance. lots of other happy faces around as well.  We’ll be back for sure.”

David Pryde

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). 

Photo Credit: La Belle Vie Bistro & Bar/Facebook

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. 

Photo Credit: La Belle Vie Bistro & Bar/Facebook

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.