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Food & Drink

Must-visit venues, including an Italian-Japanese restaurant in east London, a canny vineyard close to Tokyo and a kitchen with French-Japanese flair in New York.

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Conversation starters

Whether it’s picking the perfect mealtime music, learning how to drink a potent muscle relaxant with prime ministers or promoting parliament with regional produce, this rundown guarantees you’ll have something to talk about…

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Host with the most

Eating together is a primal pleasure but the dinner party has never been as loosely defined as it is today. We took a wholly unscientific sample from among our favourite culinary contacts to hear what’s changed and how to…

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Dinner is served

Whether you’re cooking for an intimate meal or playing host to a lively bunch of friends, the perfect recipe will ensure your table is set for a memorable evening. We’ve selected three favourites from the Monocle menu, plus…

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Best behaviour

We turn to Monocle’s all-knowing agony uncle – and his faithful feline sidekick, Mr Tiddly – for the lowdown on the do’s and definitely don’ts of hosting and attending a dinner party. Here our hero tackles a few reader’s…

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Food for thought

Scant service in Scandinavia, obsolete kitchenware and what recipe books reveal about times past: our writers give tasty views on the topics that should matter to good hosts everywhere.

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Join our club

All over the world canny chefs and cooks are rethinking the formula for eating out. From changing restaurant residencies for visiting chefs to opening up farm tables to homes or backyards, such supper clubs offer intimacy…

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Roll out the barrels

Let’s start with some advice: don’t drink a light wine with heavy food, a burgundy goes great with roast lamb and make sure your dessert wine is sweeter than the pudding you serve (or your mouth will pucker). Above all,…

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All you can eat

Expecting guests? Then you’ll want to impress them with something unique. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen: get a taste for food retail instead. Here are some shops for starters.

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Kenzo Takada

The Japanese fashion designer, best known for his eponymous label Kenzo, puts his success down to happenstance – but he’s being modest. Instead he should claim innovation and a sense of fun as the elements that have made…

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Pull up a chair

A Kiwi chef, a restaurant owner in Monaco and a design-shop duo in Ontario invite you into their abodes for some home-cooked goodness – with a liberal sprinkling of hospitality advice.

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Ari Shapiro

He’s reported on Isis in Iraq and presidential elections and is now one of the most listened to news broadcasters. With a toastie in hand, he talks about foraging and trust.

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New wave

Northern Spain has long been overlooked by visitors and entrepreneurs but there’s a glint of revival to be seen in its under-the-radar restaurants and inns. We pack a trunk for a roadtrip to meet the food folk doing things…

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