2019

Spring/Summer

This is the second serving of our tasty annual and, once again, it’s full of delectable photography and tempting reports. Not least among them is our 2019 Restaurant Awards, which focuses on 50 venues that our editors and correspondents have dined at and delighted in. Get your fill of that – and plenty more nourishing features – by picking up a copy today.

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Editor's letter

Some unexpected free time in Hamburg has editor in chief Tyler Brûlé poring over the delights of a grocer that’s a perfect fit for its charming neighbourhood – and wondering why there aren’t more of them in cities around…

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Setting out our table

Our reporters and editors have it covered, from tasty reportage and newsy bites to some juicy opinion and toothsome takes.

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Something on the side

Vienna, home to more city vineyards than anywhere in the world, hosts a curious culinary event that brings food (and wine) lovers out in force: welcome to the ‘Heuriger’.

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What to drink in 2020

An unquenchable thirst for new brews is forcing the drinks industry into a shake up. Here’s what you need to know.

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The art of eating alone

Recommendations are vital in the restaurant world but why are hundreds of thousands of Japanese poring over the culinary musings of a fictional salesman? We meet the Solitary Gourmet.

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Far from the madding crowd

The small California town of Ojai is within striking distance of Los Angeles, has a bubbling food scene and is famed for its native population of pixies. Grab a basket.

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All up in your grill

Fiery Sichuan-influenced skewers, tasty miso-infused rice balls, succulent pork belly and tender steak: our barbecue line-up has plenty of sizzle.

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Living off the land

Once a wreck, the refurbished Tuscan estate of Potentino is now a draw for city slickers keen to put urban life behind them and get back to the land – even if it means digging ditches for free.

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Taste of success

We meet the entrepreneurs turning a plucky vision and top-notch ingredients into fulfilling businesses.

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Getting started

Many people dream of starting again and founding a restaurant, winery or coffee shop. We asked the entrepreneurs who’ve done it for advice on starting up.

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Rich pickings

From island delicacies to seaside specials, we break bread and celebrate a Med-inspired feast that’s replete with snapper, squid and sides.

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Food for thought

Our culinary correspondents chew the fat, filleting topics such as the use of needlessly exotic ingredients, work lunches and The Human League. Hungry for more?

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Come on over

We’ve dropped in on three people we admire – a journalist an editor and a chef – for a natter. They’ve also got a few tips on cooking at home and how to entertain for friends and family. The result? Barbecue chicken, G&Ts…

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A matter of taste

Portugal’s Algarve is blighted by mass tourism but entrepreneurs are leading a quality-focused rethink. We plot a course to meet them.

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For the love of cod

Forget those health-food fads and staying abstemious. Instead cook up a storm with some comfort food, Iberian style.

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First-class fare

The vast kitchen of Swiss caterer Candrian lies beneath Zürich’s main station. We ventured below to learn why feeding Gipfeli to commuters is only part of its plan.

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Dine on the dotted line

Conference calls and emails form the bulk of our workdays but when it comes to shaking hands on an agreement, the restaurant still rules.

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Impeccable taste

Is it that time already? Duck out of the afternoon sun and take a perch in the cool of the café, where the lightest of fabrics skim sunkissed skin and neutral tones are ideal for a casual coffee or must-impress meal.

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Treat yourself

However you round off your meal – velvety cheesecake, apple tart with a twist or sticky rhubarb cake – let us help you do so in the best possible way.

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The Monocle Restaurant Awards

Our fifth annual Restaurant Awards celebrate great drinking and dining without the foam, fuss and trickery. Let us show you to your table.

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What’s in your basket?

Bricks-and-mortar retail, we’re told, is suffering. But just try telling that to these shop owners and stall-holders leading a food-focused high street revival.

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Laying on a spread

Monocle’s contributing editor Alica Kirby holds forth on the power of picnics to enliven city life. Plus: some kit to help you cut it alfresco.

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