Bloomberg's chief food critic. rvines@bloomberg.net.

20 Fenchurch's Sky Garden Restaurants Play It Too Safe: Review

bloomberg.com — There is a theory that the higher the restaurant and the better the view, the worse the food. With Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle atop Heron Tower; City Social 24 floors up at Tower 42; and Oblix and Hutong in the Shard, it's an idea that is clearly mistaken.

Review of London's Portland Restaurant: Rustic Dishes Meet Rollicking Wines

bloomberg.com — Many restaurants open with a splash. It's Champagne usually-Prosecco if the party is thrown by an Italian or a cheapskate. Portland snuck under the radar last month when it opened on Great Portland Street, in central London. If any corks popped, I didn't hear them. No publicists were employed.

Heston Blumenthal’s Biggest Headache in Australia: Finding Snails for Porridge

bloomberg.com — Heston Blumenthal tells a story of walking through Sydney and being stopped several times by fans wanting their photograph taken with him. Finally, a family approached with the request for a picture. He passed the camera to his publicist and posed with them, only realizing from their surprised reaction they had no idea who he was and just wanted him to take their picture.

Bloomberg Briefs

newsletters.briefs.bloomberg.com — Backing for the Tories rose six points from last month to 36 percent, while the Labour opposition declined one point to 32 percent, the Guardian reported on its website today. That contrasted with a Populus poll published the same day that showed Labour leading by 33 percent to 31 percent.

London Chef Heston Blumenthal Re-Creates His Fat Duck Down Under: Review

bloomberg.com — How far would you travel for lunch? I've come 10,500 miles (16,900 kilometers). When I say lunch, I really mean the meal that comes between breakfast and dinner. It's not a euphemism for a romantic tryst. I'm at the Fat Duck Melbourne.

The 10 Best Restaurants in London’s Knightsbridge

bloomberg.com — You might think affluence and fine dining would go together like caviar and blinis, or martinis and olives. You might be wrong. Some rich London neighborhoods are poor in gastronomy. Take Knightsbridge. This ritzy home to Harrods and Harvey Nichols is outstanding for shopping but can be a challenge when it comes to finding somewhere great to eat.

Bloomberg Briefs

bloombergbriefs.folioshack.com — Labour leader Ed Miliband is more than twice as likely as David Cameron to be the next U.K. prime minister, according to modelling by researcher Populus cited by the Financial Times. Conservatives and Labour both have just a 2.4 percent chance of winning a majority, the Financial Times said, citing Populus.

Bloomberg Briefs

bloombergbriefs.folioshack.com — Orange and Deutsche Telekom, the French and German owners of the four-year-old venture, will receive as much as £6.2 billion in cash and the remainder in new BT shares, Chief Financial Officer Tony Chanmugam said during a conference call today. The combination will generate cost savings valued at about £3 billion.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine's in London Without Really Trying

bloomberg.com — For me, romance isn't dead. It's just sleeping. Like the Norwegian Blue. If you are lucky in love, or just burdened by the expectations of your partner, you may be seeking ideas for how to celebrate Valentine's Day. Here are 10 to get you started. (Plus one option for my fellow sad singles.)

Former Playboy Chef Wins With Big Korean Flavors at JinJuu London: Review

bloomberg.com — Taste is a memory bomb. That Proustian thought came to me at JinJuu while tucking into a Sae-woo Pop, a crispy-fried prawn cake served on a stick, with "addictive creamy gochujang mayo on the side." When I lived in Hong Kong in the mid-1980s, my girlfriend was South Korean.
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Feb 26, 2015

Pizza Buzz to open at 2 Worship St, EC2A 2AH, in May with toppings such as Bacon Jam with Balsamic. It's the brainchild of Barnaby Meredith.

Feb 26, 2015

The first edition of Michelin Nordic Cities guide features Aarhus and Malmö, as well as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg.

Feb 26, 2015

The Michelin Nordic Cities Guide 2015 will be available in bookshops from Friday 27th February 2015.

Feb 26, 2015

Aarhus is now home to 3 one-stars, Frederikshøj, Gastromé and Substans, as is Malmö, with Ambiance à Vindåkra, Bloom in the Park, Vollmers

Feb 26, 2015

New stars for Volt, a friendly restaurant in Stockholm; SK Mat & Människor and Koka, the reinvented Kock & Vin, both in Gothenburg

Feb 26, 2015

Michelin awards two stars to a|o|c in Copenhagen and Oaxen Krog in Stockholm; Noma sticks on two in Michelin's Nordic guide.

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