We developed the ultimate reference guide to standardise the way we make restaurant reviews. Ever since The Food Detective launched, we had a clear goal in mind. We always wanted to keep a track record of every single place we visited focusing on the little things. The outcome is a very stylish and easy-to-fill document that must be completed on the spot. We present you the five different aspects we take into account when reviewing restaurants, bars, trucks or secret planets.
Food needs to be in line with the restaurant’s concept. Taste is absolutely the most important feature. However, presentation and quality of products are two other facets that complete this first section.
The Service (20%)
There are plenty of adjectives that can define this particular area. Impeccable, professional, fast but not too fast. We reckon the client is king, therefore we lay emphasis on this matter just because service can actually make a client come back…or not.
The Atmosphere (15%)
The environment is complex to put into words, plus it is extremely subjective. It is how you perceive the place, the way it makes you feel and makes you react to it, it is the vibes, the decoration, the music in the background. Last but least, we value that particular quirkiness that makes it different from others. It is the restaurant’s stamp, those moments where your experience is registered as unforgettable and unique.
Significantly relevant because restaurants automatically place themselves in certain categories. Prices have to be in alignment with the restaurants’ story and vision.
This is the point of no return, each restaurant should be as clean as a surgery room. It is that one ground rule that once broken, will drastically drop the score.
Our ratings: Explained
0.0 – 1.9
These are places that you need to stay away from! Gastroenteritis, bad memories and a barrel of medicines; that is what you might need once you get out of these restaurants if ever we can call them “restaurants“.
2.0 – 2.9
Touristic, expensive, terrible service, waiting forever and certainly bad food!
3.0 – 4.0
Service was probably good but all the rest was clearly unacceptable.
4.0 – 5.0
The norms are respected but we are still missing something. Is it taste? Possibly overpriced or overrated.
5.0 – 6.0
You could go and eat in this range like once a week. Simply because there is a slight twist, something they make special, an amazing dish and yet the whole picture still is not there.
Our average grade. Restaurants that are here are like on the borderline between becoming a good restaurant or falling into a mediocre place. #MakeRestaurantsGreatAgain
6.5 – 7.0
We like these places but we are still disappointed about the fact that they could do so much better.
7.0 – 8.0
Restaurants right here are great, your expectations will surely be met. The only reason they are staying here is because they lack innovation or they have an unprofessional owner.
8.0 – 9.0
As soon as you see these figures you can just go there and enjoy the food. Bring whoever you want, they will be fulfilled and happy to come back every day.
9.0 – 9.9
Restaurants that are rated in this range are either founded by God himself or just matching every single restaurant’s requirements. Nearly every fine dining restaurant rated between 9.0 and 9.9 will obviously have many good ratings from other websites, guides or institutions. With that said, we’ve always been believers that a truly mythical eaterie, such as Burgers, Pizzas, Tacos, can be ranked among the best restaurants in our world.
Our definition of a ten is: “You are hanging out with your clique (George Clooney and Emily Rartajowski), where a superstar chef cooks outstanding dishes in an open kitchen with a lovely view or atmosphere”. It usually happens between 11 pm and 7 am, right when you are in a horizontal position and with your eyes closed!