Monocle 24: The Menu

Monocle 24: The Menu

United States

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.


Food Neighbourhoods #17: Helsinki, Bulevardi  

Food-and-wine writer Arto Koskelo and Monocle’s Petri Burtsov take a tour Bulevardi, one of Helsinki’s most historic streets, in crisp minus 20C winter weather.

Does technology ruin restaurants?  

Can new technology help restaurants to improve the customer experience or should the gadgetry be left to the fast-food chains? Plus: Spanish star chef David Muñoz’s new London restaurant.

Food Neighbourhoods #16: San Sebastián, Gros  

Monocle’s Liam Aldous tours one of the most exciting food districts in the Basque country.

New beginnings  

We find out how Uruguay is trying to up its food game and become a world-class culinary destination, discover new healthy products hitting the UK market and look through this week’s top headlines from the US.

Food Neighbourhoods #15: Vienna, Servitenviertel  

Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov tours the Servitenviertel, one of Vienna’s most beautiful residential areas – and a constantly improving food destination.

The Menu: best of 2016  

Highlights from the past year, from the restaurants that changed the US to what makes a great restaurant menu. Plus: what do grapevines and Mozart have in common?

Drink innovators  

We examine crisp and cool new ideas in the drinks industry, from the world’s first spirit distilled from birch sap to evolutions in beer. Plus: saké from California.

Virgilio Martinez’s Peruvian discoveries  

Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s new project high in the Andes, a Madrid restaurant that offers free dinners for the homeless, a great cocktail for the holiday season and David Muñoz’s favourite Christmas recipe.

Food Neighbourhoods #14: Belgrade, Dorcol  

Traditionally one of Belgrade's most attractive neighbourhoods, Dorcol is becoming increasingly famous for its food. Monocle's Guy De Launey and chef Lars Ekberg take us on a tour.

Open sesame  

A Samaritan village in the West Bank that has launched its own tahini brand, London’s first Italian craft wine bar and how an Englishman turned a French abbey into a luxury hotel and food destination. Plus: a news update from our friends at Food Republic.

Food Neighbourhoods #13: Ho Chi Minh City, District 3  

Formerly known as Saigon, the former capital of French Indochina pulses with energy and its food scene bears testament to that fact. Australian journalist Barbara Adam takes Monocle’s Jason Li to her favourite food street: Cao Thang in the city’s District 3.

Top of the chops  

Author Tim Hayward has written a book focusing on the world’s greatest knives, from extravagantly expensive Japanese sushi blades to the humble bread knife. Also on the show: Dutch chef Sergio Herman’s new potato-related project and why home-brewing is easier than ever before.

Food Neighbourhoods #12: Melbourne, Victoria Street  

We take a tour of Melbourne’s Victoria Street, locally known as Little Saigon, with Monocle correspondent Adrian Craddock.

Pierre Koffmann’s 50 years in the kitchen  

Influential French chef Pierre Koffmann on what defines his cooking, an Australian take on gin and why the world could learn a lesson or two from the Swiss slow-food movement.

Food Neighbourhoods #11: Athens, Exarchia  

With a reputation as a stronghold for anarchists, students and intellectuals, the district of Exarchia in downtown Athens is going through the gradual process of gentrification. It is not famous for its food – yet. But that is bound to change thanks to the area’s many hidden gems.

The best cheese in the world  

We visit the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián and check out the cookbooks that top chefs love. Plus: the week’s headlines from Toronto and what front-of-house staff can learn from an employee-exchange programme.

Food neighbourhoods #10: Bangkok, Banglamphu  

Bangkok’s old quarter of Banglamphu has long been a top culinary destination for Thais, with its street-food sellers and shophouse restaurants serving sought-after specialities. Our guide is author Chawadee Nualkhair.

What makes a great restaurant menu?  

Restaurant critic and author Nicholas Lander on what makes a great restaurant menu, the first single-malt whiskey in North America and an interview with Richard Geoffrey, custodian of Dom Pérignon champagne.

Food Neighbourhoods #9: Rio de Janeiro, Largo do Machado  

A district that reflects Brazil’s waves of immigration, Largo do Machado is a gem that has remained undiscovered by international tourism. Our guide is Tom Le Mesurier of Eat Rio.

The skills  

Top chef Monica Galetti discusses the skills that separate professional chefs from others and we get a taste for Canadian comfort food with an aboriginal twist. Plus what to expect from London’s own version of New York’s famed restaurant Aquavit.

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