Vegetarian Detroit Podcast: Episode 4
Brad Greenhill, Chef and Owner of Magnet and Takoi in Detroit, talks with Jewell Dziendziel about his vegetarian dishes. Magnet was awarded Design of the Year 2019 by Eater and Takoi was awarded Best Restaurant 2018 by Metro Times. Magnet, a “veggie centric” restaurant with a heavy Mediterranean influence is different from Takoi’s Thai fusion focus. Guests will experience Brad’s passion for cooking with live fire and incorporating science into each dish at Magnet.
Brad discusses Magnet’s concept, the design of the space, and the feedback they’re getting from the tip free policy. Brad talks about how Magnet achieves simplicity with just two pieces of equipment, a wood fire grill and a wood fire hearth. With his own diet, Brad “flirts” with vegetarian and vegan dishes, but doesn’t fully commit and this has led him to create a restaurant where veggies are the spotlight.
Brad and I also chat about the struggle with vegetable options while dining out and the trends of vegan food that aren’t necessarily healthy. Brad explains Magnet’s use of mold spores and fermentation to add extra umami to each dish. And let’s not forget, Brad reveals his food pet peeve!
Magnet is located at 4842 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208. Magnet is taking time off in August to recalibrate and refocus their next moves, but Takoi is offering carryout, delivery, and casual patio dining in Core City park. In the meantime, you can visit the website to purchase gift cards and for up to date info on when Magnet will reopen.
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