Matai is an intimate fine dining restaurant in the heart of Rotorua – a city renowned for its culture and natural beauty. Fuelled by the passion of Head Chef Ryan Gregorash, each dish his team designs is connected to the land and tells a uniquely New Zealand story – seasonal, flavoursome and wildly simplistic, with a focus on ethically and locally sourced ingredients, often foraged close to home.
Everything served at Matai is crafted in our kitchen and prepared to order. Our menus change with the seasons and are dependent on what is fresh and available each day. We offer carefully balanced, flavoursome dishes – meticulously crafted from local ingredients and perfectly presented every time. Those with special dietary requirements are well catered for with our vegan and vegetarian options – there is no compromise on taste.
Who we Are
Matai is owned and operated by its founder and Executive Chef – Ryan Gregorash and is part of the Stolen Bike group of companies which has won multiple culinary and business awards since its inception in 2016.
Executive Chef & Owner
A renowned chef with over 25 years’ experience, Ryan has run successful restaurants, cafés and bars in Rotorua and Tauranga. Ryan has won numerous culinary awards including four NZ Beef & Lamb Awards, arguably the most sought-after local award in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Ryan was named New Zealand’s first Ambassador for #FairKitchens – a global movement which promotes positive culture within kitchens and the treatment of hospitality staff.
Head Chef (Evenings)
An immensely talented chef, Jan has cooked for American and Czech Presidents, celebrity clientele, and numerous international delegations. His culinary skills have been honed at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the UK and the Czech Republic, including the Michelin-star restaurant located within the Raddison Blu in Prague.
Moving to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife, Jan continued his career at Craggy Range, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef, and Rotorua’s Millennium Hotel before joining Matai.
Head Chef (Breakfast)
Tanja is a recent arrival to New Zealand, having emigrated to join the team, and comes with more than 15 years’ experience creating and developing menus in high quality restaurants, delicatessens and hotels across South Africa.
Tanja has featured on ‘20-Something’, a South African television show focusing on up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and has been the focus of a number of magazine and newspaper articles in her homeland.
A legendary figure within the local hospitality scene for many decades, Gretchen joins Matai with a stellar background in some of the best known and well-loved establishments in Rotorua. The impressive litany of restaurants Gretchen has managed include Lewishams, Black Swan Lodge, and The Regent of Rotorua.
Her impeccable customer service skills and talent were recognised when Gretchen was named ‘Employee of the Year’ at the 2017 Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.