New Chefs Set to Shake up Dining Scene
Chef Olivier Belliard and Chef Ramasawmy Jayada
Olivier Belliard, the new Executive Chef, is overseeing all F&B outlets at the five-star hotel, while Ramasawmy Jayada has been hired as Chef de Cuisine at fine-dining steakhouse 55&5th, The Grill.
Belliard’s career has taken him to Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and Normandy, as well as deluxe five-star hotels around the world, including The St. Regis San Francisco and The St. Regis Mauritius. Born in France, he has two decades of experience in the culinary field, plus a master’s degree in hospitality management from New York’s prestigious Cornell University.
“There are many things happening. Early next year, we will revamp the menu at 55&5th, The Grill and create some new dishes for Sontaya, without deviating from its successful Thai-Chinese fusion style,” he said.
Belliard has expressed a desire to see Mediterranean venue Oléa return to its roots and to update its popular theme nights, “to create a buzz about new things happening.” He also has big plans for The Drawing Room, located in the hotel lobby. As one of the first places guests see when they arrive, the elegant venue’s appearance is critical, and he hopes to maximize its visual impact.
“Early next year, I hope to create a monthly event featuring a long table covered with all sorts of sweets and desserts, something very colorful,” he said.
“It’s an amazing place – very well designed – so I want to bring some new, fresh ideas. I want guests to have an amazing experience and remember the time they spend with us.”
Like Belliard, Ramasawmy Jayada moved to Abu Dhabi from Mauritius, where he was born. He joined The St. Regis from a five-star golfing resort in the country; however, the 31-year-old is no stranger to the Arabian Gulf, having previously worked at The St. Regis Doha and W Doha.
“The resort looks beautiful and it is in a great location,” Jayada said, adding that he already feels at home in the UAE capital.
“I am really impressed by the management here, which is very supportive. The whole team has been very welcoming.”
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Located on the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island and framed by the distinguished Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is the ideal destination for the discerning, well-traveled connoisseur.
The resort features 376 guestrooms, all with private terraces, offering panoramic views of the turquoise-blue sea, golf course, or resort gardens. Spaces range from the intimate to the grand, from rooms of 55 sqm with 10 sqm balconies to the majestic Royal Suite, a 2,000 sqm lavishly appointed duplex that features five bedrooms, a private pool and a spacious, ocean-facing terrace.
Situated within the grounds are Iridium Spa, Sandcastle Club for children, tennis and squash courts and the 3,500 square-meter St. Regis Athletic Club. Guests can pamper their palates in no fewer than five restaurants and bars. The elegant gourmet restaurant 55&5th, The Grill, which includes a private dining room and wine lounge with some 2,000 fine wines, offers a memorable epicurean experience. Featuring live cooking stations and Mediterranean-influenced specialties, Oléa offers a delightful dining setting and was named ‘Favorite Brunch’ for 2017 by readers of What’s On magazine. Meanwhile, guests at Sontaya can broaden their culinary horizons by sampling the Asian delicacies that earned it the 2017 What’s On Award for ‘Favorite Thai Restaurant’. The Manhattan Lounge is the place to start the evening or finish the day on a strong note, with unbeatable beverage offers. The Drawing Room, with its open lounge and inviting sofas, offers the delightful tradition of afternoon tea. Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi, which is due to open soon, will bring exquisite Asian-fusion cuisine and cocktails right to the seafront.
Inspired by the distinctive, century-old legacy of New York’s Astor family, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is the city’s first true beach resort. Combining a unique blend of refined elegance with enduring heritage, the resort stays true to the Astor vision of creating “the finest hotel in the world.”
Accommodation 376 luxury rooms and suites – Superior, Superior Sea View, Premium Sea View, St. Regis Suites, Astor Suites, Ocean Suites, Spa Suites, Majestic Suites and Royal Suite, all with private balconies. All rooms have *air conditioning *en-suite bathroom *minibar *IDD phone *safe *flat-screen TV *Wi-Fi *butler service
Facilities *great variety of restaurants and bars *spa *fitness center *24-hour butler service *three outdoor pools *one adult-only pool with hot tubs *private beach *grand ballroom *Iridium Spa
Activities *tennis courts *squash courts *Sandcastle Kids’ Club *Watersports activities (non-motorized)
*Listed facilities/activities are subject to change and not all are complimentary.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 54345
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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