The Christopher in St. Barth Launches New Restaurant: RIVYERA

September 23rd, 2021

Inspired by the French Riviera

Though nestled firmly in the Caribbean, St. Barth evokes an indelible connection to France. Through its fantastic restaurants, relaxed European vibe, excellent French bakeries, and outposts French shops, it feels a bit like the Riviera.

Fittingly, The Christopher’s new restaurant which will open along with the hotel on October 15, with be French Riviera-inspired and will be called “RIVYERA.” Chef Arnaud Faye created the restaurant to transport diners to the South of France, seizing on the elements the two places share: the warmth of the sun on one’s skin, a salty breeze in the air, and the laidback rhythm of sun-drenched destinations. Faye, a two-Michelin-starred chef and a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, shares his passion for the Côte d’Azur through his Mediterranean menu and the overall feel of the new restaurant.

For lunch, one might order Pan Bagnat with seared tuna, a niçoise garnish, and risotto with red shrimp. The dinner menu was designed for sharing with traditional pissaladière tarts, little stuffed vegetables, roasted sea bass with fennel, and some naturally vegan items like tomato tart, ratatouille, and polenta with orange. Diners will also be tempted by a pastry cart with classics such as baba au limoncello, St. Tropez-style milles feuilles, and sweets made with orange blossoms. Breakfast will offer myriad options from fresh fruit and acai bowls to croissants, crepes, and eggs.

The bar will have a new signature cocktail menu to serve as the beginning of the journey to the French Riviera. The menu itself was hand-designed by Nice-based artist Haydée Otero and features ingredients like figs, lemon, rose, and Bergamot. The recipes were imagined by the innovative recipe-creator Victor Delpierre (who was also the world champion at the Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, a competition promoting innovative beverage recipes that showcase the mix of coffee and spirits).

As a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (the designation for France’s top craftsmen) and coming from his position as a 2 Michelin star Chef at the Chèvre d’Or on the Côte d’Azur (a member of the Grandes Tables du Monde), Chef Arnaud Faye brings with him some very impressive credentials. Faye is already quite familiar with St. Barth and the Christopher after the 2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival where he was the guest chef at the hotel as well as the event’s patron chef.

Faye began his career at several three-Michelin-star restaurants, such as Arnsbourg in Baarenthal, Antoine Westermann’s Buerehiesel and Bernard Loiseau’s Relais. He went on to become head chef at L’Espadon at The Ritz Paris which earned its second Michelin star during his residency. He them went to the Mandarin Oriental followed by Auberge du Jeu de Paume before joining the Chèvre d’Or.

About The Christopher

Located above the rocky shoreline of the sought-after neighborhood of Pointe Milou (home to the raucous Le Ti Saint Barth and some of the poshest villas on the island), The Christopher has long been a refuge for those in-the-know on St. Barth for its understated elegance. Its sunset lounge provides a prime spot to watch the sun go down while drinking a traditional Planteur or Ti Punch, both island favorites. The 42 accommodations comprise 23 rooms and 19 suites, and in 2019 three villas will be added to the inventory. The Sisley Spa has five treatment rooms open to the ocean below, as well as a dedicated Essie manicure and pedicure room.


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