Welcome to Matai Restaurant

At Matai, we aim to create powerful tastes and appealing aromas.


About Us

Our Story

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.

Our Food

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.

matai restaurant is a friend of fair kitchens

Ryan Gregorash

Executive Chef & Owner

Ryan Gregorash - Matai Restaurant - Regal Palms Resort Rotorua

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.

Tanja Lotter

Head Chef (Breakfast)

Tanja Lotter – Head Chef (Breakfast) - Matai Restaurant - Regal Palms Resort Rotorua

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.

Fair Kitchens

Matai Restaurant and its sister-company Stolen Bike Catering  is proudly associated with the global #FairKitchens movement.   In 2019, Ryan Gregorash, Matai’s Owner and Executive Chef was named as New Zealand’s first #FairKitchens ambassador.

Owner/Executive Chef Ryan Gregorash shares his views on retaining staff and putting employees first. Chef Tanja Lotter & Sous-Chef Ash Watson share their experiences with feeling valued and being treated well in the kitchen.

A global movement backed by Unilever, #FairKitchens is based around the philosophy that a positive kitchen culture makes for healthier businesses, healthier staff and ultimately a better experience for customers. With research showing that 74% of chefs are sleep-deprived to the point of exhaustion, 63% of chefs feel depressed and more than half feel pushed to breaking point, #FairKitchens promotes fair pay, safe working conditions and positive working environments.

Ryan’s work in this area caught the attention of the #FairKitchens, and in 2019 sent an international film crew to New Zealand to interview Ryan and his staff.


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Breakfast Menu

    served with berry compote, banana and maple syrup.
    with fresh fruit and coconut yogurt served with honey.
    * $9.50
    with smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese or seasonal fresh berries with cream cheese.

    * S$11.50 | CC$9.50 

    with blueberry compote yogurt and warm maple syrup.
    with crispy bacon and banana with warm maple syrup.
    on flame toasted sourdough.
    * $22.50
    with house made Hollandaise and your choice of salmon, bacon or mushroom.

    * S$25.50 | B$22.50 | M$23.50

    with two eggs, tomato, avocado, bacon, whipped feta and sourdough.

Resort Style Summer Dining Menu

Taco Tuesday

  • Tacos
    * $22.50
    Choice of Two with all the trimmings, avocado and salsa:

    Pulled Beef, Fish, Pulled Pork, Chicken and Bean

  • Nachos
    * $22.50
    your choice of Pulled Beef or Bean.
    Served with avocado, salsa, sour cream and grilled cheese.

Wednesday – Curry it Up

Thursday – Asian Street Food

Friday – Pizza and Burgers

Available every day of the Week

Trio of Salad

  • Trio of salad
    * $18.50
    For whole family.

    Flame grilled corn and carrot salad, Summer Slaw, Green Salad.

Bar and Room Service Menu

  • Flame Grilled Chicken Skewers
    * $18.50
    with BBQ Sauce.
  • Prawn Skewers
    * $18.50
    Thai Green Curried King Prawn Skewers.
  • NZ Lamb Sliders
    * $18.50
    with cumin infused tomato relish.
  • Polenta Fries
    * $18.50
    Smoked paprika polenta fries with aioli.
  • Flame Grilled Kumara
    * $18.50
    with avocado salsa.
  • Empanadas
    * $18.50
    Crab and corn red curried empanadas.


  • Meat Lovers
    * $19.50
  • Hawaiian
    * $19.50
  • Margherita
    * $17.50

From The Basket

  • Steak Fries
    * $12.50
    with tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Potato Wedges
    * $18.50
    with sour cream, bacon and cheese.
  • Kumara Chips
    * $12.50
    with tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Polenta Fries
    * $12.50
    Smoked paprika polenta fries with aioli.

Smaller Sized – Ideal For Kids

  • Macaroni and Cheese
    * $12.50
  • Calamari and Rings
    * $12.50
    with tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Fish and Chips
    * $12.50
    with tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Chicken Nuggets and Fries
    * $12.50
    with tomato sauce and aioli.
  • Banana Split
    * $8.50
    with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream.
  • Brownie
    * $8.50
    with vanilla ice cream


  • Soft Drinks
    * $5.50
    Coca Cola,

    Coca Cola Zero,



    Tonic Water,

    Soda Water.

  • Bundaberg Selections
    * $5.50
    Ginger Beer, Blood Orange, Pine Coconut, Apple Cider, Peach, Lemonade Organic, Passionfruit.
  • Juices
    * $6.50
    Apple, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Cranberry, Tomato.
  • Sparkling Water
    * $6.50
    Antipodes (500ml).
  • Sparkling Juices
    * $12.50
    Sparkling Apple Juice,

    Sparkling Red Grape Juice.

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Reservation by Phone

Prefer to make your reservation by phone? Give us a call! You can contact us from 10:30 am daily. For bookings of more than 10 people, please contact us to discuss. Our Phone number is +64 7 282 2466. 

Opening hours:

Monday 8:30am – 1:00pm

Tuesday 8:30am – 9:00p

Wednesday 8:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday 8:30am – 9:00pm

Friday 8:30am – 9:00pm

Saturday 8:30am – 9:00pm

Sunday 8:30am – 12:00pm

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