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Tasty questions with Martina Lutz, Number 5


Martina Lutz is the owner of Number 5 Restaurant, Wine Chambers and Chambers Bar. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment.


Describe your restaurant’s food:

Fine, exquisite food, traditional French based cooking.

What is your restaurant’s signature dish?

We always have been known for our Duck Liver parfait.

Name your favourite comfort food:

My favourite comfort food is a Hungarian Goulash.

What did you have for breakfast?

I always have a “proper breakfast” Salami or ham, cheese, dark bread, an egg, either boiled or fried.

What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week?

I had the raw salmon dish for the new degustation menu today at Number 5, it is delicious, with horseradish, pine nuts, cauliflower panna cotta.

What is an underrated ingredient?

Parsley and carrots, both readily available but sooo good.

What are 3 sources of inspiration to you?

  • Cook books
  • Passionate chefs who talk about food
  • Going to the market and finding a product to work with

Favourite restaurant?

Has to be the French Cafe, even I have not been there for a long time.

There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing?

I would bring crumbed pork schnitzel and my German potato salad, everybody likes that.

What is your most memorable meal?

Many years ago we went to a place called Bon Bolli in Christchurch and ordered the degustation menu. We did not know what we are getting, we were just asked to let the wait staff know when we are ready for dessert. They brought the most amazing dishes to the table.

Just for Restaurant Month

3 courses for $40

Wine Chamber’s Restaurant Month special is a three course dinner or lunch for $40. Options include Including whitebait fritter with lemon mayonnaise, braised venison with spinach pappardelle and baked blue cheesecake. Available throughout August 2015.
Images used with permission from Number 5.
This entry was posted in: Interviews


I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


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