Morning, Noon, Night

an excerpt from Soho House’s book

Morning, Noon, Night

Lunch at Mandolin
Inspired by the tavernas of Aegean coastal towns, the original Mandolin Aegean Bistro was opened by Turkey-born Ahmet Erkaya and Greek-Canadian Anastasia Koustioukis in Miami in 2009. It was one of Nick Jones’ favorite places to east during the development of Soho Beach House, sowing the seeds of a happy partnership.

(Meze Dips Recipe)

(Mussels Recipe)

(Village Salad Recipe)

Meet Anastasia
‘Ahmet and I founded Mandolin in 2009. We were living in New York when a holiday to Miami inspired a dream that we couldn’t shake off. We moved into a 1940s Florida bungalow, restored it to its original glory and opened our Aegean bistro, inspired by the food we’d grown up eating. I hope you enjoy recreating our signature dishes in your own home.’

(Grilled Prawns Recipe)

(Grilled Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass Recipe)

(Marinated Grilled Octopus Recipe)

Anastasia’s Colorful Kitchen
Bright, patterned crockery is all part of the Mandolin experience, where the plates and bowls are so pretty they make eating off them a delight. Here, Mandolin’s founder reveals her tips and sources for recreating the look at home.

  1. Start by investing in classic white porcelain plates that will mix well with bright colours and patterns. This can apply to glassware, too.
  2. Pick your favourite colour and build a collection around it. There are no rules, just as long as there’s a common link between the patterns.
  3. I always make sure there’s a shade of blue in the patterns I choose, so when I use them all for a large dinner, they work well together. 
  4. Add texture to your table top with wood, raffia, stone, marble, glass and brass. Even if you are creating a monochrome setting, the different textures add interest.
  5. Travel is my biggest source of inspiration. I scout flea markets, local artisans and vintage shops on every trip. People have been designing pottery and crockery for centuries and every culture, tribe or village has its own distinctive style of pattern.
  6. Use things in unexpected ways. I love to serve soup or desserts in vintage cups or copper coups. Use items that reflect the culture of the food you’re serving. Your table tells the story and sets the tone of the night.