France: Provence

Inland Provence

Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois Wines from the Hillsides
By Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Auberge du Moulin

Address: Rue Lou Coulet, 06420 Bairols
Tel: 04 93 02 92 93 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:58:56N (43.98215)    Longitude: 7:7:37E (7.12683) 

This restaurant situated on the cliff's edge in the old restored medieval village of Bairols along the Tinée valley, is not for the faint hearted. The view is impressive overlooking the valley below and the mountains further afield; the route up has numerous tight hairpin bends, but the food is definitely worth the trip. Typical Piemontese cuisine – eight plates served – each one more tempting than the last. Midweek lunch has proved particularly successful, with a more personal service, whereas weekends tend to be overly crowded and frenetic. There is one set menu with a special truffle menu in season when the additional dishes are liberally served with truffles and cêpes. No wine list but a bottle of Dolcetto from the chef’s family vineyards completes the idyll. This restaurant clearly highlights the fact that this corner of France is very strongly connected with Piedmont in Italy and a long way from the traditional image of Provence. Rooms in local gîtes are available.

Useful information: Menu: €35 or Truffle menu (in season) €60. Closed Mondays. No Credit Cards. There are two rooms at the auberge and six local gîtes (book through the Gîtes de France on 04 92 15 21 30).

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