A one-of-a-kind setting

 

From the moment you step inside, you’re elsewhere… The magical scenescape whisks you off into the passionate deep-sea world of Michelin three-starred chef Christopher Coutanceau and his partner Nicolas Brossard.

Hand-in-hand with ABP Architects, the duo imagined an interior inspired by the ocean, a realm they are both incredibly fascinated by.

Décor centre-staging sand-tone walls, a wavy seabed-style ceiling, deep-ocean-blue carpet, over 800 suspended crystal plant drops swaying freely as if in the ocean’s depths, nuance from white to yellow…

The tableware also conjures up aquatic elements, like the water-droplet-shaped plates and the knives reminiscent of fishermen’s traditional tools.

Everything has been considered down to the finest detail and is bespoke-made. Decorative culinary art which echoes the chef’s marine-themed creations.

 

The master of the House

Nicolas Brossard

 

Nicolas Brossard, the restaurant manager and head sommelier, is a courteous, cheerful man, driven by a passion for gastronomy and fine wines, honouring the traditions and savoir-faire passed on to him by his mentors.

This humble, considerate man, who forged his talents in the most reputed French establishments, including Lucas Carton in Paris and the Louis XV in Monaco, loves sharing wonderful tales of life and lands about wines, their terroir and the people who make them.

Nicolas Brossard runs the Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau with a desire for perfection and, above all, wishes to offer guests a chance to dream and to delight.

The restaurant

 

in a few dates

1984

 

1984

1984

Michel Crépeau, then mayor of La Rochelle, was behind the idea of the restaurant. The city had this old pergola on the beach which it wished to renovate and give a new lease of life to. Richard and Maryse Coutanceau open their restaurant on La Concurrence Beach.

1986

 

1986

1986

The restaurant is awarded its second Michelin star.

1987

 

1987

1987

The restaurant becomes a member of Relais & Châteaux.

2002

 

2002

2002

Christopher joins his father Richard Coutanceau in the restaurant.

2003

 

2003

2003

Nicolas Brossard arrives as head sommelier.

2007

 

2007

2007

Richard and Maryse Coutanceau retire. Christopher Coutanceau and Nicolas Brossard form a partnership to buy and run the establishment.

2013

 

2013

2013

The restaurant becomes a member of the Grandes Tables du Monde.

2017

 

2017

2017

The dining area is renovated and now honours the ocean.

2018

 

2018

2018

La Yole de Chris, a marine-themed bistro, opens.

2019

 

2019

2019

Christopher Coutanceau receives Michelin’s Sustainable Gastronomy award.

2020

 

2020

2020

The restaurant is awarded its third Michelin star.

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