Chief food critic at Bloomberg. rvines@bloomberg.net.

Scott Collins of MeatLiquor On London's Poshest Burgers

bloomberg.com — Scott Collins is a rock 'n roll restaurateur. His arms are covered in tattoos; his restaurants rattle with loud music as young diners get messy washing down Dead Hippie burgers with Picklebacks and Mexican Dibdabs.

L'Enclume Wins Good Food Guide 2016 Top Restaurant

bloomberg.com — L'Enclume has been named the U.K.'s best restaurant, taking the Waitrose Good Food Guide title for the third year in a row. Chef Simon Rogan's restaurant in the northwest of England saw off the challenge of Gordon Ramsay, who moved to second place from third. Pollen Street Social jumps three positions to third place.
Aug 26, 2015

Good Food Guide Crowns L’Enclume Top U.K. Restaurant (Again) as Jason Atherton Gains + Top 50 bloomberg.com/news/articles/… pic.twitter.com/doklMgOxsm

Aug 26, 2015

RT @oxbelfast: WOW we just won @GoodFoodGuideUK Restaurant of the Year! Team OX are jumping with joy & totally overwhelmed. Thanks! http://…

Aug 26, 2015

Good Food Guide crowns L’Enclume top U.K. restaurant (again) bloom.bg/1hcVHhl via @business by @richardvines

Aug 26, 2015

RT @luxury: The annual Good Food Guide to the U.K.'s best restaurants is out. Check out the top 50. bloom.bg/1hcVHhl pic.twitter.com/BCj8yAnnX9

Bangkok Restaurateur Bringing Chinese Hot Pot to London’s Soho

bloomberg.com — A Bangkok restaurateur says he has spotted a gap in the London restaurant market and plans to open a specialist Chinese hot-pot restaurant on a prominent site in Soho. Shuang Shuang, on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street, will serve five different broths from across China.
Aug 21, 2015

Where are the Brussels restaurants serving such chilis? Bangkok Bringing Chinese Hot Pot to London bloom.bg/1J8SJUM via @Richardvines

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Chef Jason Atherton Delays London Restaurant Sosharu

bloomberg.com — Jason Atherton is delaying the opening of his next London restaurant until next year as the British chef focuses on his new establishments in Dubai and Sydney. Atherton had planned to open his Japanese restaurant Sosharu in Clerkenwell in coming months but has now pushed back the date to Feb.
Aug 19, 2015

Jason Atherton pushes back London restaurant opening by months to focus on Dubai and Sydney bloomberg.com/news/articles/… pic.twitter.com/b4Dhtsgein

Aug 19, 2015

Wonderful that Jason Atherton successful. But how many restaurants on how many continents can a chef really "run?" bloom.bg/1HVlbFA

Aug 19, 2015

RT @business: Chef Jason Atherton delays London opening to focus on Sydney and Dubai, @Richardvines reports bloom.bg/1HVlbFA pic.twitter.com/AmQtfKROyr

Aug 25, 2015

Chef Atherton Delays London Restaurant to Open in Dubai, Sydney bloom.bg/1HVlbFA via @business by @richardvines

Paris Chef Aizpitarte Splits From London Restaurant Chabanais

bloomberg.com — Chef Inaki Aizpitarte said he and his team from Le Chateaubriand in Paris have split with Le Chabanais, the London restaurant they opened in June to hostile reviews. "I've finished my contract: Everything is finished," Aizpitarte said on Monday in a telephone interview. "I cannot talk about it."
Aug 17, 2015

Well that was quick: team from Le Chateaubriand in Paris, split from underwhelming Le Chabanais in London bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Aug 17, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Well that was quick: team from Le Chateaubriand in Paris, split from underwhelming Le Chabanais in London bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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Sommeliers Are Finally Working Together to Bring More Varied Wines to Diners

bloomberg.com — Imagine a party at which all the guests are sommeliers: You might expect more spitting than at a Sex Pistols concert, more sniffing than at the home of a wayward lord. Not quite. Younger wine professionals in London have gotten together in an informal group called Wine Bantz, to which they each bring a bottle and try to surprise one another.

Bloomberg Briefs

newsletters.briefs.blpprofessional.com — of $6.90 and up 3.7 percent from a year earlier. New Orleans ranked as the cheapest U.S. sushi city for the fourth straight year, with prices 25 percent below the national average. The average price of basic sushi in all of the cities rose 2.2 percent in the past year, according to the index.

Duck & Rice Is a Fantasy Chinese Restaurant in London’s Chinatown

bloomberg.com — Just when we're all getting used to the idea that China has a range of distinct cuisines-eight is the magic number, as with so many things in the country-along comes a restaurant that adds a ninth cuisine: Disney Chinese. The new Duck & Rice is like a Western fantasy of China, but it works.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @business: From Cantonese dim sum to Sichuan chili chicken, London's Duck & Rice is a Western fantasy bloom.bg/1NptPkC http://t.co…

Aug 12, 2015

From Alan Yau (Hakkasan, Wagamama) @TheDuckAndRice is a Fantasy Chinese Restaurant in London bloom.bg/1NptPkC pic.twitter.com/cyaXiRsC8l

Aug 12, 2015

RT @luxury: Reviewer @RichardVines dubs Duck & Rice in London's Soho "Fantasy Chinese" but still likes it. bloom.bg/1NptPkC http://t.…

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Goldman Trader-Turned-New York Chef Opens Restaurant in London

bloomberg.com — Seth Levine headed home one day from his job on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with Goldman Sachs Group. He noticed a line of people close to the corner of 54th Street and Lexington Avenue and asked, "What's going on?" It was a queue to audition for Gordon Ramsay's reality TV show, Hell's Kitchen.

Why It’s So Difficult to Turn Down the Volume at Popular Restaurants

bloomberg.com — Jason Atherton, whose Social Restaurant Group is circling the globe, once told me that he was inspired by the Stanton Social in New York. The chef said he loved the conviviality, the hospitality, the buzz. Ah yes, the buzz.
Aug 11, 2015

I once bought @RichardVines a decibel meter for his restaurant reviews I edited. Here he reports on rising volumes... bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Aug 07, 2015

Why Restaurants Are Too Loud: It's Time to Turn Down the Volume and End the Age Discrimination bloomberg.com/news/articles/… pic.twitter.com/M1Quy1zmDz

Aug 07, 2015

Great piece by @Richardvines on the pestilence of compulsory music in restaurants and bars: bloom.bg/1Us19LZ

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Aug 27, 2015

Michelin UK announcement confirmed for Sept. 17. Apologies to everyone for saying it was Sept. 15. I had it in writing from Michelin France.

Aug 27, 2015

I am the only person in the BA lounge at City Airport drinking the Taittinger. That's fine but why are the other passengers looking at me?

Aug 27, 2015

RT @luxury: If you're not already hungry, you will be now as we taste-test London's poshest burgers with @RichardVines . bloom.bg/1fGilOb


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