about us

vegetables take center stage

the kitchen

in our kitchen, vegetables are given the place they deserve: centre stage. fish and meat play a supporting role in our kitchen, albeit one worthy of an oscar. the focus in our kitchen is on craftsmanship and excellent produce, preferably from the local region. each of our menus is inspired by the season – even if for some products, this only lasts a few weeks. this is why our dishes are constantly changing.

too young to simply go with the flow

the chef

our head chef in the kitchen, pascal steffen, may be young, but he is experienced enough to pull off ambitious and daring new dishes. in 2018, he was named discovery of the year by gault millau switzerland in recognition of his creativity and the quality of his cuisine. even before then, his talent had not gone unnoticed: stars from the swiss gastronomy scene such as andreas caminada and nenad mlinarevic were his mentors, giving him valuable experience. since december 2017, he has been skilfully developing this expertise into his own signature approach at «roots».

competence doesn’t mean complicated

le chef de service

since august 2023, nikolett has been making sure that the service at «roots» is not only highly professional, but also friendly, warm and straightforward. her experience in various restaurants in hungary and switzerland, as well as hands-on at «roots», has prepared her excellently for this role. as restaurant manager, she is not only responsible for our restaurant’s cosy atmosphere, but she also uses her expertise to make the selections for our wine list.

nothing makes us happier than happy guests

the restaurant

«roots» is part of the «rhypark» event location. with its one-of-a-kind location on the rhine riverbank and the breathtaking view of basel’s old town, the restaurant treats its guests to fine dining in a relaxing living room ambiance, true to its motto: dining at «roots» has been designed to be fun and enjoyable.

since its opening in 2017, the restaurant has been managed by dragan rapic. the business economist holds an executive mba hsg and was previously sports director at grasshopper club zurich.

for those looking for a little more privacy – without being isolated

the semi-privée

our semi-private section of the restaurant is a real highlight thanks to a solid walnut table, topped only by the delicious dishes served on it. groups of 10 to 16 people will feel right at home, while simultaneously enjoying the restaurant’s lively atmosphere. details of this offer are available via email at [email protected].

the team

pascal : head chef


head chef

tobias : chef de partie


chef de partie

fabian : sous chef


sous chef

evan : chef de partie


chef de partie

malko : chef de partie


chef de partie

florence : cheffe de partie


cheffe de partie

kitaro : chef de partie


chef de partie

nikolett : head waitress


head waitress

jan : chef de rang


chef de rang

svitlana : cheffe de rang


cheffe de rang

florian : chef de rang


chef de rang

fanny : stewarding



zivana : administration



dragan : managing director


managing director