We are feeling the winter


Our first winter at Roots Restaurant, we feel lucky because it has not been like the past winter but some nights are very chilly, sometimes the southerly hits straight to the front door and the rain keeps us inside and not much in the garden. I start to understand our building and how it could be better, anyway nothing of this affects our way of cooking or servicing customers but I like to think a lot. If anything it is nice and warm inside with delicious aromas floating around that take you away from the chill of the outdoors.

I can’t say we have quite nights, I feel we are busier than when we started. Now it is like we have more babies than just Roots… all these other little projects we are running, and a few more in progress… Our team is still three people and we manage every single part of the whole operation, plus our families, I know we are super busy.

Our garden is on standby mode when talking about growing food, but it is getting ready and nicely shaped tidying up and trimming trees and plants to prepare them for spring. Our four chicks are making eggs again and us enjoying sunny sides breakfast. The beehive looks quite from outside but you can hear them working inside to stay warm and with loads of honey for November.

Stay in touch with us, there is a field trip to Auckland at the end of July, we will be in Dunedin working with The Lab in August, the Lyttelton Harbour Kura, Festival of Learning on September and so on…


Food projects, ideas and more

It has been almost 8 months since we opened Roots Restaurant, and we haven’t stopped for a minute to keep our project going and growing. A few projects have come to life during this time, like Project Taco that is a hit at the Lyttelton Farmers Market and in the last 2 months we have been doing our Pop-up Project Taco at The Colombo at lunch time during the week. Cheese Puffs is our latest project that we are planning to take all over New Zealand, this one is a particular bread very popular in South America and we have developed a recipe that works very well or even better than those I tried when I grew up. Cheese puffs are now served at Roots Restaurant as a first canapé  for our degustation menu, after we have many guests wanting to take these ones home, so we have decided to put them in the market. We have also started a large production for a big hotel in the region. All the ingredients are essential for us, working closer to producers and farmers to assure us that our products will continue to intrigue and satisfy our customers.

Roots Restaurant maintains it’s philosophy and continues to make people happy with our degustation menus, we have created an amazing relation with The Lab -food & design- from Otago Polytechnic having them for our first Sharing for Knowledge series at Roots with 4 students cooking side by side with us.

Today we received a box full of FOOL magazines (Best in the World food magazine), we wanted to be part of this project since I got the first issue, the information it contains is so valuable and the photography is inspiring, every article makes you want to read it more and more. We really hope to share this magazine around the country and introduce it to more and more people. So now we start with a limited amount of Fool magazines in NZ, with the vision to bring more and more as the reader base here in New Zealand grows.

What’s the idea? to make all this projects sustainable by themselves and keep producing and creating more projects in the future. We have been thinking in many ways to get this ones going, like pledgeme.co.nz and the more direct one is talking to people or like this post on our blog to put our idea in the universe.

Are you interested, you have something to say? please, talk to US!



This is a great project that I have been in love with since I received the first issue in the mail… I said to myself that everyone has to have the opportunity to read this magazine. It is inspiring, has astonishing photography and has a wonderful way of getting information out about the Food World that not many people know.

So we are bringing only 36 magazines this time, the price will be $26 (we hope to have enough support to increase the order of magazines for the next issue and then get a better price).

To deliver anywhere in New Zealand just add $3.

Give us a call for more info or to reserve yours! be FOOL!