They are The Empanada Kitchen and their philosophy is: Simple Things Done Well. Their focus is on small-town South American and European street food for the working class hero. Mauro’s food-centric family and heritage has made him curious to keep experimenting and evolving. Their experience has culminated in the belief that people appreciate and savour raw simple flavours, without any “enhancements”. They don’t want people to forget what good food is supposed to taste like. Their aim is to avoid monotony, by changing our flavours all the time, and constantly experimenting with different products, and collaborating with other local Queenstown makers.

Based in Queenstown, in the heart of Central Otago, New Zealand, they believe in good and honest food, done simply, done well.



The Empanada Kitchen approached makebardo to create an identity for their new business project. The aim was to create a clear communication of a product that does not exist in the New Zealand market. While this product has a really strong identity in South America, our challenge was to create a new brand with a contemporary look and move it away from its stereotypes.


In this case we use the mantra "simple things done well". The concept was centred around the idea of making something really simple, with a few elements but with the best quality ever. Also the chef innovates a lot with the flavours, but always making something simple and unique.
We used the shape of the product to create a recognition with the people. You will eat the same shape as the logo. So we spread this in the identity, adding a face to make a friendly character which is more inviting to the people.

A combination of two colours plus white is a response to the two product lines (empanadas and sauces). You can see a prevalence of the bright red colour for the empanadas and the black color isused for the sauce line. Finally we created an identity that establishes the promise of an engaging taste experience, unique & friendly.


Our Work

Brand Design
Concept Development
Food Truck Design
Packaging Design
Print Design
Retail Design
Visual Identity
Web Design



Rebecca Viale
— Co-Founder & Director

'We were so impressed at how quickly makebardo team grasped what our business is all about. They think so carefully about every aspect of design - how the product will look on the shelf, how the product will stand out over its close competitors, how the design will stand the test of time etc. Every angle is researched thoroughly and we feel confident that our brand identity is tailored to and consistent with our values and goals, whilst leaving room to grow. Working with them is so easy - they listened to our ideas but aren't afraid to propose well reasoned alternatives. We would recommend makebardo  to anyone who wants not only a truly bespoke design, but a unique identity.'