About a 25 minutes’ drive from Cotignac and just passed Aups and on the way to Regusse is the quaint, tiny, and off-the-beaten-path Medieval village of Moissac Bellevue.
What struck me most at first was how clean the place was. Not a piece of trash nor dog doo doo on the streets could be found, well manicured (but not obsessively neat) gardens, sculptured art decorating some exterior walls, and warm cosy feeling to the village that is home to not more than about 160 people. The centre is host to a beautiful, large fountain and the bistro called Le Bellevue which almost always sells out of spaces for lunch diners.
Le Bellevue’s menu is varied but comes with the option of having tapas which can be shared with apero-diners. The daily special is probably what most people come to eat and the formulas of entrée, main, and dessert with glass of wine can be purchased for about 14 euros (total bargain). My partner had the white fish perfectly cooked with a broth, spring vegetables, and gnocci. I opted for a classic cheese burger (but with a twist: home made pesto sauce and salsa on the buns!). The starter was a salad with Enoki mushrooms, roasted pork, and a smoked salmon spread garnished with focaccia – this was divine. What was special about it was how each vegetable had real taste so obviously came from a local producer or maybe even their own gardens. This time of year (May) is so full of flavourful produce that we all feel very spoiled for it. Their dessert looked really good too (but I was too full to take any): a prune flan with strawberries and whipped cream garnish. I highly recommend Le Bellevue, just don’t order “à la carte” as that would be more expensive. Their quality of food though deserved a “bravo!” from me. If you have time after your meal, do take a walk around, see the towers, the look out point, and enjoy the views that stretch across to the Bessillon Mount and it’s sister, the Petit Bessillon.
Bistro Le Bellevue:
Adresse : Voie Communale le Cours, 83630 Moissac Bellevue
Téléphone : 04 94 85 87 45