Monocle 24: The Menu

Monocle 24: The Menu

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Our guide to the world of food, drink and entertaining, The Menu serves up interviews with the world’s most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.


London’s street-food revolution
Jul 19 • 30 min
How street-food-market operator Kerb has changed London’s food landscape, teaching the city to use food to create better environments. Plus: how Chifa cuisine marries Peruvian and Chinese traditions, and Nobu Matsuhisa’s tips for perfect sushi.
Food Neighbourhoods 143: Frankfurt, Bahnhofsviertel
Jul 16 • 4 min
A tour in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel where creative chefs are celebrating the city’s diversity with their menus.
Discovering Burma
Jul 12 • 30 min
Why Burma is finding its place on the culinary map, top tips for food styling and the week’s food and drink news from Italy.
Food Neighbourhoods 142: Paris, Belleville
Jul 9 • 6 min
A tour of the Paris neighbourhood of Belleville, which is home to one of the French capital’s most diverse selections of food.
How to run a gallery restaurant
Jul 5 • 30 min
A new museum in Tallinn offers inspiration in both art and food. Elsewhere, we meet US chef Amanda Freitag who’s promoting the US through food and find out why Californian olive oil might be the best you’ll taste.
Food Neighbourhoods 141: Istria, Pula
Jul 2 • 6 min
We head to the Istrian peninsula to discover some of the region’s greatest delicacies.
London’s Spanish pioneer
Jun 28 • 30 min
How top Spanish chef José Pizarro has left his mark on London’s restaurant scene and why American diners in New Jersey have been able to maintain their success despite countless new rivals. Plus: a visit to Ynyshir, the restaurant ranked the best in Wales.
Food Neighbourhoods 140: Tel Aviv, Nahalat Binyamin
Jun 25 • 6 min
We head to central Tel Aviv and an historic street by the name of Nahalat Binyamin, a destination that’s renowned for a diverse selection of cuisine.
The Monocle Restaurant Awards 2019
Jun 21 • 30 min
The restaurants that we deem the best in the world right now, plus London’s new luxury supper club that’s fighting food waste.
Food Neighbourhoods 139: Port of Spain, Woodbrook
Jun 18 • 4 min
Monocle 24’s Rory Gooderick takes us to the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, home to an amazing mix of cultures – and cuisines.
South Africa’s culinary star
Jun 14 • 30 min
How South African chef Kobus van der Merwe made his restaurant Wolfgat one of the most talked-about dining spots in the world. Plus: Slovenia’s gin revolution and a Japanese exhibition on fermentation.
Food Neighbourhoods 138: Honolulu
Jun 11 • 6 min
Food writer Martha Cheng on what Hawaiian food really consists of – and why there is so much more to be discovered than just fresh coconut juice and delicious bowls of poké.
What’s bubbling in Spanish cuisine?
Jun 7 • 30 min
Spanish chef Eneko Atxa on the next big things in Spanish food, an Irish example of how food and design work together, and why Ran Shmueli has become one of the driving forces in Tel Aviv’s thriving culinary scene.
Food Neighbourhoods 137: Bangkok, Chinatown
Jun 4 • 6 min
Thai-American food writer Chawadee Nualkhair reveals her favourite street-food vendors in the Thai capital’s Chinatown.
Lebanon’s food secrets
May 31 • 30 min
Top Lebanese recipes beyond hummus, shawarma and falafel, Milan’s bakery renaissance and a new challenger in the non-alcoholic beverages market.
Food Neighbourhoods 136: Paris, Pigalle
May 28 • 4 min
The Paris neighbourhood of Pigalle is known for its bustling nightlife but it also has plenty to offer when it comes to finding a good meal. Our guide is Monocle’s Julia Webster.
‘The Island Kitchen’
May 24 • 30 min
Undiscovered culinary treasures from islands in the Indian Ocean, how Helsinki’s iconic Savoy restaurant is being updated for the 21st century and how top chef Dan Giusti intends to fix US school lunches.
Food Neighbourhoods 135: Porto, Bombarda Quarteirão
May 21 • 4 min
We head to Bombarda Quarteirão, the Porto neighbourhood that’s home to many of the city’s designers and makers, where art galleries sit beside creative food spots. Our guide is Monocle’s Nic Monisse.
‘Moorish’
May 17 • 30 min
British chef Ben Tish on Mediterranean food and the controversial topic of cultural appropriation in cooking. Plus: a visit to Ireland’s first non-alcoholic bar and the biggest discussion topics from Genoa’s Slow Fish fair.
Food Neighbourhoods 134: Altamura, Italy
May 14 • 4 min
We head to the south Italian city of Altamura which has been a culinary destination for hundreds of years, partly thanks to its unique bread. Our guide is Monocle’s Teresa Marvulli.
The Travel Top 50
May 10 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, and editor, Andrew Tuck, join Markus Hippi to introduce Monocle’s celebration of the best in the world of travel.
Food Neighbourhoods 133: Punta de Mita, Mexico
May 7 • 4 min
Monocle 24’s Darin Steinkey heads to the Mexican destination that’s famous for its fish tacos, exotic regional specialties and the latest in Mexican haute cuisine.
Cider rethought
May 3 • 30 min
The cider market has a new challenger from Normandy, London tips for a great food market and a restaurant-bakery concept with a focus on health.
Food Neighbourhoods 132: Kuopio, Finland
Apr 30 • 5 min
Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi takes us to his home region in Eastern Finland and to its biggest city, Kuopio: a destination famed for its unique local dishes and the locals’ quirky sense of humour.
Common denominators
Apr 26 • 30 min
We hear about the characteristics and management skills shared by the world’s greatest chefs. Plus: Copenhagen’s blossoming café scene and the only fish restaurant in the UK to have received two Michelin stars.
Food Neighbourhoods 131: Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Apr 23 • 4 min
Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo takes us to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, one of her favourite streets in Los Angeles, which is dotted with boutique shops and, of course, unbeatable food and drink.
Discovering Japanese food
Apr 19 • 30 min
Japan’s lesser-known culinary treasures, a visit to South Tyrol’s Summa wine fair, plus how Simon Rogan is going to take the world over with his British food.
Food Neighbourhoods 130: Oxford, Jericho
Apr 16 • 3 min
Monocle’s Hester Underhill takes us to one of Oxford’s liveliest areas, filled with cosy pubs and an array of independent bars and cafés.
Enrique Olvera’s Mexican home cooking
Apr 12 • 30 min
Mexican chef Enrique Olvera’s favourite recipes for home cooks and a Yarra Valley business offering customers a chance to distil their own spirits. Plus: what makes for a high-end instant-coffee brand?
Food Neighbourhoods 129: Stockholm, Hötorgshallen
Apr 9 • 6 min
Monocle’s Liv Lewitschnik shows us around one of Stockholm’s greatest culinary institutions: the Hötorgshallen food hall.
Diego Muñoz
Apr 5 • 30 min
Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz’s ambitious plans, a Sydney café helping refugees get back on their feet and Nancy Silverton’s recipe for a poke bowl.
Food Neighbourhoods 128: Bordeaux, Chartrons
Apr 2 • 5 min
We head to the photogenic Chartrons neighbourhood of Bordeaux, a destination for dining and strolling around historic streets while evading the tourists who flock to the downtown district.
Cycling chef
Mar 29 • 30 min
Tasty recipes for professional and everyday athletes, what got Florence’s Pitti Taste food fair talking this year, plus glass design innovation by Riedel.
Food Neighbourhoods 127: Main Street, Vancouver
Mar 26 • 4 min
Monocle’s Tomos Lewis guides us through Main Street in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities.
‘Salt & Time’
Mar 22 • 30 min
Top recipes from Russia, Ljubljana’s ambitious plan to become Europe’s culinary capital, plus how you can help eliminate food waste by drinking beer.
Food Neighbourhoods 126: Naples
Mar 19 • 6 min
Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan offers us a sweet-tooth’s dream tour of Naples, setting aside Italy’s love of pizza and focusing on the city’s famed ‘pasticcerias’.
The perfect vinegar
Mar 15 • 30 min
The vinegars you should have in your cupboard, why food really matters onboard a Finnish icebreaker and a unique Canadian whisky.
Food Neighbourhoods 125: Khao Lak
Mar 12 • 4 min
A culinary tour of Bangsak and Bang Niang in the region of Khao Lak, Thailand.
‘New Kitchen Basics’
Mar 8 • 30 min
How food writer and chef Claire Thomson reinvented the use of some of the most common home kitchen ingredients, why Helsinki’s cocktail scene is on the rise, a bicycle pie business in Sydney and a recipe from Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz.
Food Neighbourhoods 124: Bristol, Park Street
Mar 5 • 4 min
Bristol is gaining recognition for its influential music and street art. But Monocle’s Rory Gooderick thinks that the city’s best-kept secret is its flourishing food scene. He tells us why.
The essence of wine
Mar 1 • 30 min
We visit Portugal’s top wine event Essência do Vinho, meet the founder of London’s new vegan curry house SpiceBox and get the week’s top news headlines from North America.
Food Neighbourhoods 123: St Pauli, Hamburg
Feb 26 • 4 min
Monocle’s Melkon Charchoglyan takes us on a tour of St Pauli in Hamburg, an area known for laidback neighbourhood-staple restaurants, top aperitivo spots and cafés that know a thing or two when it comes to coffee.
Recipe for success
Feb 22 • 30 min
How a new private members’ club in London is going to challenge the big players, a Jewish food success story, plus a Porto restaurant combining incredible architecture with top food.
Food Neighbourhoods 122: Beirut, Hamra
Feb 19 • 5 min
We head to Hamra, an area that combines authentic hole-in-the-wall coffee sellers and breakfast joints with new bars and bistros. Our guide is Monocle correspondent Lizzie Porter.
Pioneering culinary culture
Feb 15 • 30 min
How Chilean chef Rodolfo Guzmán has lifted his country’s food to a new level, what’s bubbling in Slovakia’s culinary scene and how design can help raise awareness on food waste.
Food Neighbourhoods 121: Turku
Feb 12 • 4 min
With its young adventurous chefs and great produce from the surrounding countryside, Finland’s oldest city and former capital, Turku, has become one of the Nordic nation’s food-and-drink hotspots. Our guide is Monocle’s Petri Burtsov.
Reinventing grocery shopping
Feb 8 • 30 min
How a South Tyrolean duo rethought the way people go about their grocery shopping, Lara Merriken’s successful fruit-and-nut bars and top chef Eszter Palágyi on a new wave of Hungarian cooking.
Food Neighbourhoods 120: Ljubljana
Feb 5 • 6 min
Slovenia’s capital has absorbed culinary influences from Italy, Austria and the Balkans but cuisine from every continent can be found on a cobbled street outside the centre. Monocle’s Guy De Launey takes us there.
Madrid Fusión
Feb 1 • 30 min
We’re at Madrid Fusión, one of the world’s largest international gastronomic events, to meet some of the top names in today’s hospitality industry.
Food Neighbourhoods 119: Kalamaja, Tallinn
Jan 29 • 4 min
A tour of the Tallinn district that fell into disarray during Soviet rule but has since developed into a place famous for its numerous bars and restaurants.
Flavours of Kenya
Jan 25 • 30 min
Why Kenyan cuisine is one to keep an eye on, an ancient white grape enjoying a sudden renaissance and how a team in Denmark is creating food culture of the future.
Food Neighbourhoods 118: Perth, Northbridge
Jan 22 • 5 min
A tour of an Australian suburb famous for its diverse mix of cultures and cuisines.
South Africa’s top table
Jan 18 • 30 min
How Luke Dale-Roberts created South Africa’s most talked-about restaurant, a 100-year-old Austrian juice brand reinvents itself and the week’s top news from the US.
Food Neighbourhoods 117: Turin, Quadrilatero
Jan 15 • 5 min
Monocle’s Chiara Rimella takes us on a tour of the Quadrilatero neighbourhood of Turin, a once-rough area transformed by the power of its restaurants alone.
Dining in the mountains
Jan 11 • 30 min
A visit to an Alpine restaurant that has come up with a successful formula to attract skiers, Bettina Campolucci Bordo’s vegan tips and a Portuguese citrus farm trying to sustain rare fruit varieties.
Food Neighbourhoods 116: London, Northcote Road
Jan 8 • 4 min
A tour along London’s Northcote Road: though often dominated by prams and schoolchildren, it’s noteworthy for its culinary charm.
The Best of Food Neighbourhoods 2018
Jan 4 • 30 min
A recap of some of the best tours in our Food Neighbourhoods series.
The Best of ‘The Menu’ 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 30 min
We look back at highlights from 2018, including interviews with Nigella Lawson, René Redzepi and Magnus Nilsson. Plus: we go truffle-hunting in Australia.
The best schnitzel in Vienna
Dec 21, 2018 • 30 min
We report from a restaurant that claims to have the best schnitzel in Vienna, offer drinks recommendations for the festive season and visit a new hub for nightlife in Helsinki.
Food Neighbourhoods 115: Fairfax, Los Angeles
Dec 18, 2018 • 3 min
A tour in the Los Angeles district of Fairfax, famous for its farmers’ market – but also worth visiting thanks to its great restaurant scene.
Developing beer culture
Dec 14, 2018 • 30 min
Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, on the next big thing; a Florence cooking school taking a relaxed approach to teaching; and one of the top chefs in Portugal, Hans Neuner.
Food Neighbourhoods 114: Chester
Dec 11, 2018 • 4 min
We head to the northern English city that’s home to some of the nation’s most adventurous bistros and rustic food.
Recipes from the Black Sea
Dec 7, 2018 • 30 min
Culinary discoveries from the Black Sea region, why the Mallorcan capital is becoming a food destination in its own right and a unique family wine business from Portugal.
Food Neighbourhoods 113: Naples, Quartieri Spagnoli
Dec 4, 2018 • 6 min
We head to the area of Naples that doesn’t always charm with its beauty but can boast some of the best food in this southern Italian city.
Noma’s guide to fermentation
Nov 30, 2018 • 30 min
The team behind Noma reveal what they’ve learned in their fermentation lab and we visit Lavazza’s new HQ in Turin. Plus: the NYC Chinese restaurant hit that has arrived in London.
Food Neighbourhoods 112: Copenhagen, Christianshavn
Nov 27, 2018 • 7 min
Monocle’s Michael Booth takes us on a tour of an area that has in recent years turned into one of the Danish capital’s top dining destinations.
Helsinki special
Nov 23, 2018 • 30 min
To celebrate the release of Monocle’s brand new Helsinki travel guide, we are in the city to meet the makers and shakers on its fast-evolving food-and-drink scene.
Food Neighbourhoods 111: Chistye Prudy, Moscow
Nov 20, 2018 • 4 min
Monocle’s Paige Reynolds takes us to a district in the Russian capital where Slavic tradition and Mexican flavours sit side by side.
Making the world a better place
Nov 16, 2018 • 30 min
Giles Coren on the world’s most ethical and sustainable restaurants, how kombucha tea has become a global hit and why Cape Town is rediscovering the ingredients used by the area’s indigenous population.
Food Neighbourhoods 110: Montevideo
Nov 13, 2018 • 6 min
Montevideo has been overlooked for its food for too long. Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott takes us to the places worth visiting in Uruguay’s capital.
Flour power: from San Francisco to Copenhagen
Nov 9, 2018 • 24 min
Why Richard Hart, one of the world’s most famous bakers, decided to launch his new business in Copenhagen. Plus: Donna Hay’s ‘Modern Baking’ and the grain that Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam wants to introduce to the world.
Food Neighbourhoods 109: Rome, Esquilino
Nov 6, 2018 • 6 min
Monocle’s Rome correspondent David Plaisant takes us on a tour of a central – if rather scruffy – neighbourhood that is famous for its lively market, attracting people and flavours from all over the world.
London’s new tea culture
Nov 2, 2018 • 30 min
The London duo determined to create a new tea culture in London, Helsinki’s new wine bar and bakery concept, and why Noma’s former Copenhagen site is again filled with delicious aromas.
Food Neighbourhoods 108: Cardiff’s arcades
Oct 30, 2018 • 7 min
Monocle’s Christy Evans takes us on walk through the Welsh capital’s Victorian arcades.
The real food of Copenhagen
Oct 26, 2018 • 30 min
Food writer Trine Hahnemann on what top restaurants miss about the Danish capital’s rich culinary culture, truffle hunting in Italy, plus how to create your own home bar.
Food Neighbourhoods 107: Funchal, Old Town
Oct 23, 2018 • 6 min
Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo takes us to her hometown of Funchal, Madeira, where the Old Town neighbourhood is a popular hangout for locals.
Magnus Nilsson
Oct 19, 2018 • 30 min
Top Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson on his huge project to document the Nordic baking culture, why Geneva is now a perfect place for cocktails and how a Dublin restaurant has turned itself into an art destination.
Food Neighbourhoods 106: Vienna, Josefstadt
Oct 16, 2018 • 4 min
Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov takes us on a tour of Josefstaft, Vienna’s smallest but arguably most upper-class inner district that is also gaining momentum as a food destination.
Francis Mallmann
Oct 12, 2018 • 30 min
World-famous Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann on how he reinvented cooking with fire, new wine philosophy from Grape Witches in Toronto and how to make lichen work on your plate.
Food Neighbourhoods 105: Melbourne’s laneways
Oct 9, 2018 • 4 min
Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan explains why understanding the full force of Melbourne’s culinary offering means stepping off its main thoroughfares onto smaller streets.
Nigella Lawson
Oct 5, 2018 • 30 min
One of the most recognisable voices in the world of food and drink, Nigella Lawson is celebrating 20 years since the release of her debut cookbook ‘How To Eat’. Since then she has written a number of other cookery books, hosted television shows and even…
Food Neighbourhoods 104: Potsdam
Oct 2, 2018 • 7 min
Monocle’s Anna Siwecka cycles around the German town of Potsdam in search of some of the country’s best cafés.
Escaping the world of Michelin stars
Sep 28, 2018 • 30 min
How Bo Bech escaped the world of fine-dining and created one of Copenhagen’s best restaurants, news from this year’s Salone del Gusto fair in Italy and the top chefs taking over Ibiza.
Food Neighbourhoods 103: Toronto, Little Tibet
Sep 25, 2018 • 5 min
Monocle’s Will Kitchens walks us through Toronto’s Little Tibet, North America’s largest Tibetan community, and a popular food destination.
An anarchy of chillies
Sep 21, 2018 • 30 min
We delve into the wild world of chillies, head to Canada where chefs are pushing the boundaries of top brunches and meet Bethany Kehdy, one of Lebanon’s most influential culinary figures.
Food Neighbourhoods 102: Poznan, Old Town
Sep 18, 2018 • 4 min
Anna Siwecka tours the Polish city of Poznan – still under the tourist radar but full of culinary discoveries to be made.
Best from Britain
Sep 14, 2018 • 30 min
How a tribe in the US Pacific Northwest is working hard to bring huckleberries back into common use, London’s Philippine ice cream phenomenon and a new cookbook showcasing the best recipes from Britain’s top chefs.
Food Neighbourhoods 101: Catalonia, Llafranc
Sep 11, 2018 • 5 min
Helena Jerreat tours the Catalonian town of Llafranc, which is still to be descended upon by huge flocks of tourists – a surprise considering the great food and drink this place has to offer.
What makes a recipe delicious?
Sep 7, 2018 • 30 min
Sybil Kapoor on how all the senses make a difference in creating the perfect dish. Plus: how a New York tapas bar and restaurant has found a new life as an international pop-up and why James Bond can offer inspiration for cocktails other than martinis.
Food Neighbourhoods 100: Helsinki, Kallio
Sep 4, 2018 • 5 min
Monocle’s Helsinki Correspondent Petri Burtsov takes us on a tour around the traditionally working-class district of Kallio that has, in recent years, become a serious culinary destination with a range of bars and restaurants.
Cooking with fire
Aug 31, 2018 • 30 min
Lennox Hastie of Sydney’s Firedoor restaurant on pushing the boundaries of using fire in cooking and why Maribor is becoming Slovenia’s top culinary destination. Plus: 150 bars not to be missed.
Food Neighbourhoods 99: Lisbon, Campo de Ourique
Aug 28, 2018 • 5 min
Monocle contributor Gaia Lutz takes us on a tour of an area where new and bold food are found alongside time-honoured establishments.
From Mexico with love
Aug 24, 2018 • 30 min
The world is discovering mezcal but how much is the international boom changing the industry in Mexico? Plus: why wine from the Greek island of Kefalonia is worth a try and a round-up of the week’s top news from Italy.
Food Neighbourhoods 98: Paris, Le Marais
Aug 21, 2018 • 4 min
Monocle 24’s Emma Nelson shows us around an area that, while it is a familiar stop on the tourism trail, still surprises with its food and drink offerings.
Perfect music-festival food
Aug 17, 2018 • 30 min
We’re in Helsinki to hear how one music festival has doubled up into a culinary event, we meet one of New York’s most famous pizza connoisseurs, Frank Pinello, and we find out how farmers are nurturing Southeast Asian produce – in England.
Food Neighbourhoods 97: Dublin, Smithfield
Aug 14, 2018 • 4 min
Monocle’s Sebastian Stephenson takes us on a tour of Smithfield in Dublin’s Northside, which has seen some significant regeneration in recent years.
The new wave of British cooking
Aug 10, 2018 • 30 min
Merlin Labron-Johnson, one of the UK’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs, talks to us about his cooking principles. Plus: top tricks to fight food waste and London’s unique ice-cream exhibition by Bompas & Parr.
Food Neighbourhoods 96: Morocco, Essaouira
Aug 7, 2018 • 6 min
We head to a 16th-century port city famous not only for its rich history but for its culinary culture. Our guide Gaia Lutz shows us the sights, sounds and tastes of Essaouira.
Truffle hunting in Australia
Aug 3, 2018 • 30 min
We ask what makes for a great restaurant bar and go hunting for truffles in Australia, where the industry is booming. Plus: a round-up of the week’s top US news from our friends at Food Republic.
Food Neighbourhoods 95: Berlin, Kottbusser Tor
Jul 31, 2018 • 5 min
Monocle’s Hester Underhill takes us to the Berlin district of Kreuzberg to see how this once dilapidated area has become a hive of creative culinary activity.