Salle du Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle

Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau, starred gastronomic restaurant3 in La Rochelle

Atmosphere

It stretches forth, like a natural extension, embracing La Concurrence Beach. The starred gastronomic Christopher Coutanceau restaurant in La Rochelle is the Ocean's favourite companion, a soul mate. Their tête-à-tête intrigues, inspires and their secrets invite us in as soon as we step over the restaurant threshold. The Ocean is everywhere, through the large bay windows of course as well as in the ocean-blue flooring, in the sand-tone leather walls and aluminium crystal drops swaying freely from the ceiling mirroring the to-ing and fro-ing of the sea.

The Ocean is an artist in residence. It even infuses the decorative culinary art imitating aquatic features fantastically. Everything espouses detail and attention to detail. The Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau dining space, created by the La Rochelle-based architect Bertrand Pourrier, ushers us in elegantly, setting the scene for an exquisite crossing, setting sail from La Rochelle.

Culinary identity

Christopher Coutanceau's eco-friendly cuisine, bubbling over with pure, delicate iodized notes even in desserts, is a declaration of love to the Ocean.

By scrupulously observing the seasons of the sea and the biological cycle of species, the La Rochelle-based chef conjures instinctive cuisine, cuisine imagined on the spur of the moment as everything is decided every morning during the fish auction, on the port of La Rochelle.

The chef's creations are naturally coloured, veering from dusky shades in the autumn with whiting, St Pierre, weevers, to rainbow hues in the summer showcasing red mullet, porgy and wrasse. The Ocean decides, the chef composes, perception, sensitivity, an unwavering lifeline.

Meaningful cuisine combined with sensational technique forge Christopher Coutanceau's signature, along with fish deemed less noble, undeservedly scorned, worked on totally with zero waste. The fragile, delicate sardine, which can be damaged by the very warmth of a hand, is exalted from head to tail, infused with the pureness and intensity of childhood memories. The same holds true for garfish and whiting-pout.

Embracing essence, awakening unprecedented tastes: simplicity triggering waves of emotion.

Plat du Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle
Plat du Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle
Plat du Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle

A La Carte and Set Menus

Immerse yourself in Chef Christopher Coutanceau's iodized, devoted, perceptive world, in this 3 star gastronomic restaurant in La Rochelle. Where the flow of the waves invite you to indulge in emotion-filled cuisine, where everything from starters to desserts is inspired by the wealth of the sea.

A la carte dishes in tune with marine seasons as well as six- to eight-course menus, Christopher Coutanceau's signature echoes throughout, the Ocean's heart beats, in the feast set before your eyes.

First wave
Ocean
Cheese
Sweet Sensations
Sea voyage
First wave
Shellfish
sea vegetables
€95
Langoustine
green beans and hazelnuts
€105
Cephalopod
rockfish and saffron stock
€95
Ocean
Line-caught red tuna
courgette, pistachios and candied lemon
€105
Blue lobster
stewed, spring vegetables, mushroom raviole
€140
Head-to-tail
sardines
€85
Cheese €35

Our selection of cheeses ripened by our master cheesemaker Ludovic Bisot, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015

Sweet Sensations €40
Chocolate
nori
Rhubarb
redcurrant and dulse
Foreshore
sea lettuce and oyster
Sea voyage
Served for all guests 

 

Six dishes€225
Food and drink pairing
(Except Friday and Saturday evening)
€140

 

Eight dishes€280
Food and drink pairing€170

 

Langoustine
green beans and hazelnuts
Shellfish
sea vegetables
Oysters
caviar, tarragon and helichrysum
Cephalopod
rockfish and saffron stock
Striped mullet
courgette, pistachios and candied lemon
Head-to-tail
sardines
Sea fennel
lemon and honey
Rhubarb
redcurrants and dulse

The wine cellar

The wine cellar, a treasure hidden behind the scenes in Christopher Coutanceau's starred restaurant in La Rochelle, is a realm where master of the House Nicolas Brossard reigns.

This space, boasting over 22,000 bottles and some 2,400 references, including some still maturing, cruises along all the wine-producing regions of France, drifting from one bank to another, from East to West, from North to South.

Only natural that it chooses to moor in Charente-Maritime, with a fine selection of wines from Haut-Poitou, from Pays de Vendée and from Charente, as well as Pineau-des-Charentes and Cognacs.

It heads to Burgundy, Nicolas Brossard's favourite region, stops off in Val de Loire, in Alsace, in Champagne, makes a halt in the Jura, the Rhône, the Bordeaux region, abroad and everywhere that winemakers work with passion.

Thanks to Nicolas Brossard's endless curiosity, the wine cellar is constantly enriched, forever evolving. The master of the House imagines his wine list with passion, centre staging leading wine estates, somewhat confidential labels, bottles from artisan winemakers and favourites found off the beaten track.

"I'm curious about everything. It's part of my job to help launch winemakers, uncover gems and discover unknown wines."

And the result, a very precise, eclectic wine list absolutely in symbiosis with Christopher Coutanceau's iodized cuisine.

With its fine selection of wine-by-the-glass featuring grands crus and renowned names, a wide array of half bottles as well as large volume proposals, the wine list in the starred Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau proclaims its love for the vine and those who work with it.

Cave du Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle

The Chef's Table

In a lounge adjoining the kitchen of the Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau, separated by a liquid-crystal bay-style window that can be made opaque or left transparent, the "Chef's Table" is an enchanting further step into Christopher Coutanceau's personal world.

Behind the scenes, in the foreground where everything takes place, it offers 8 guests the privilege of a confidential display normally hidden from view: the ballet of a 3 star brigade.

With its intimate, hushed atmosphere, its exquisite lighting, the "Chef's Table" invites to delight in a timeless interlude, accompanied by a bespoke menu where food and wine are remarkably paired, served and presented by Christopher Coutanceau and Nicolas Brossard.

Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau Restaurant gastronomique étoilé La Rochelle