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

Melbourne by Day: Lunch and Brunch in Australia’s Second City

bloomberg.com — There's just one thing holding back Melbourne as a dining destination: its location. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with a rapidly developing restaurant scene whose diversity and dynamism is reminiscent of New York and London, only on a smaller scale. It just takes so long to get there.

Chef Mazzei Leaves L’Anima Restaurant in London’s City District

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Francesco Mazzei, the Italian chef-patron at L'Anima, has left the restaurant, a popular destination for diners in London's financial district. He has been replaced by head chef Antonio "Lello" Favuzzi, a native of Sicily, who first worked with Mazzei in Milan. Favuzzi was also in the kitchen with Mazzei at St.

Blixen Review: A Friendly Brasserie Alternative to Corporate Canteens

bloomberg.com — Let's blame the Wolseley. Ever since that grand European brasserie opened on Piccadilly in 2003, London restaurateurs have been seeking to replicate its success, packing in punters the whole day through. Blixen is the latest establishment to follow that formula of all-day dining with an accessible and affordable menu, served up with a dash of glamour.

High-Profile Ramsay Chef to Reinvent Trafalgar Square Restaurant

bloomberg.com — Mark Sargeant, who spent 13 years working with Gordon Ramsay and won a Michelin star for the chef's restaurant at Claridge's, is taking on a new high-profile role, in charge of the food at a brasserie on the edge of London's Trafalgar Square.

Melbourne by Night: Where to Drink and Eat in Australia’s Second City

bloomberg.com — The bouncer blocked the staircase to the rooftop bar. He was one of those guys who look as wide as they are tall. I tried a little small talk about being from England. He said he was from Iraq. I didn't find that reassuring-although I needn't have worried.

Own a Piece of the Ivy, London’s Celebrity Canteen Since 1917

bloomberg.com — You might think you can't put a price on glamour. Oh, yes you can. The contents of that most alluring of showbiz restaurants, the Ivy in London, go on sale tomorrow, March 25, in a charity auction that will feature everything from its cocktail shakers and napkins to the front doors, doormat, and even the stained-glass windows that have given the Covent Garden restaurant such a distinctive look.

World’s Oldest Champagne Tastes Sweet After 200-Year Shipwreck

bloomberg.com — Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The world's oldest Champagne has been at the bottom of the sea for almost 200 years. It still tastes pretty good. Two bottles were cracked open today that were discovered in July in a shipwreck, 50 meters (54.7 yards) below the surface, in the waters south of Aaland, a Finnish-controlled archipelago of 6,500 islands in the Baltic sea.

What a Low-Rent Turkish Kebab Joint Can Teach Hakkasan Founder’s Babaji: Review

bloomberg.com — This is a tale of two restaurants serving Turkish pizza, known as pide (say: pea-day). One is Babaji, recently opened by Hakkasan founder Alan Yau on a prominent site in London's Soho. (Hakkasan started life as a basement Chinese restaurant on a back street in London and now has 12 locations, including New York and Las Vegas.)

Chef Angela Hartnett Plans Trattoria in London’s Covent Garden

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Angela Hartnett, a former protege of Gordon Ramsay who has gone on to become the U.K.'s best-known female chef, plans to open her third London restaurant in June. The Covent Garden establishment will be the second branch of Cafe Murano, a casual and inexpensive trattoria that has been pulling in crowds of diners since opening late in 2013.

Hong Kong’s Best Dim Sum, Traditional to Transcendent

bloomberg.com — Hong Kong's City Hall is a curiously understated 1950s building. It looks like a provincial U.K. arts center and is dwarfed by the skyscrapers of the Central business district. But it's buzzing at lunchtime, and as you climb the stairs to the second floor you run into a crowd of people milling about and not doing much.
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Mar 26, 2015

Chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram plan to relaunch @marksman_pub at 254 Hackney Road in May. pic.twitter.com/owYkkKcPWs

Mar 26, 2015

Here's an exclusive peek at how The Ivy will look when it reopens in May after a five-month makeover pic.twitter.com/3akk66DAt5

Mar 26, 2015

Niklas Ekstedt of Ekstedt in Stockholm will be first overseas chef at Wilderness festival. Tickets go on sale today wildernessfestival.com

Mar 26, 2015

Chef @jamesmartinchef to open the first James Martin Kitchen, a premium bakery, at Stansted Airport, with SSP UK, Propel Newsletter reports.

Mar 25, 2015

RT @business: Here are the most important parts of the Heinz-Kraft Foods presentation to investors bloom.bg/1btp0dd pic.twitter.com/3JgFp3bFJP

Mar 25, 2015

RT @Rovzar: You know you have the best writers when you have to edit Yazz references out of a restaurant review @Richardvines bloom.bg/1y5AHeO

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