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 june 2021, jonas brucker has been making sure that the service at «roots» is not only highly professional, but also friendly, warm and straightforward. his experience in various hotels and restaurants in germany as well as hands-on at «roots» has prepared him excellently for this role. as restaurant manager, he is not only responsible for our restaurant’s cosy atmosphere, but he also uses his 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 info@roots-basel.ch.

the team

pascal steffen : head chef

pascal steffen

head chef

pirmin kaspar : sous chef

pirmin kaspar

sous chef

christian rode : chef patissier

christian rode

chef patissier

timo uebersax : chef de partie

timo uebersax

chef de partie

fabian zumbrunn : garde manger

fabian zumbrunn

garde manger

olga valencia : stewarding

olga valencia


jonas brucker : head waiter

jonas brucker

head waiter

melanie schitter : chef de rang

melanie schitter

chef de rang

ruggiero lombardi : chef de rang

ruggiero lombardi

chef de rang

daniela muster : events & administration

daniela muster

events & administration

zivana rapic : administration

zivana rapic


dragan rapic : managing director

dragan rapic

managing director