Eating Out:Restaurants And Bars
Mollans has two restaurants, Les Tilleuls and the Cafe des Sports. Both offer good food at modest prices. Les Tilleuls specialises in pizzas but also has a range of simple but good dishes on its menu. The Cafe de Sports offers dishes with a creole flavour, including a variety of tapas.
The Bar du Pont also provides food in the summer. Barbecued sausages and chops are available in sandwiches or with chips on summer weekend evenings. Also, Jacques Thibault, a villager, cooks regional specialities from time to time on Sunday mornings to be consumed outside the Cafe des Sports. He calls these sessions the Matins Gourmands et Conviviaux de Mollans. The price of the meal is the cost shared among however many people reserve places.
And, of course, there is Roberto and his pizzas and mussels and chips, discussed separately below.
That is simply what is available in the village. Within a radius of some 12km there are literally dozens of restaurants catering to all tastes and all budgets.
Pizzas, Mussels And Chips
A regular and welcome visitor to the village is Roberto Gianicci, vendor of many greatly appreciated comestibles. If you see his van parked opposite the Bar du Pont you can be sure there will be something good to eat that evening.
Every Monday evening throughout the year there is a wide variety of pizzas cooked in a wood oven, to eat at the Bar du Pont or to be taken home. Occasionally an alternative of buck wheat pancakes with ham, cheese and eggs is offered and, if you know Roberto and are a regular, he’ll happily improvise with what he has available to provide andouillettes and potatoes or something else. As an extra, he’ll get his hot plate going to supply pancakes after the main meal.
That is enough to fill the Place Banche du Cour outside the Bar du Pont most summer evenings and the Bar du Pont itself at less clement times of the year. During July and August, however, Roberto comes to the village again with his van on Thursday evenings to offer a favourite French dish, mussels and chips. If you want to join in the fun then (there is usually music as well), you are going to have to book a place at least two days in advance. The Place Banche du Cour is packed and and blocked off to traffic at one end.
Roberto and his family live in nearby Mirabel but his regular visits to Mollans are always welcome.