INDIVIDUAL DISH RANKINGS
Every dish is rated out of 5. The ratings are based on what I enjoy, and whatever cultural moorings of the dish I can wrap my head around.
OVERALL RANKINGS (FORMAL)
- < 10/20 – Avoid
- 10/20 – Passable food, skill level of a beginner home cook,
- 11/20 – Inconsistent, one or two dishes showing intermediate skill.
- 12/20 – Inconsistent, but most dishes show intermediate skill.
- 13/20 – Consistently decent food
- 14/20 – Food with flavour intensity/interesting flavour combinations
- 15/20 – Sub-1 Michelin professional cooking.
- 16/20 – 1 star Michelin, professional cooking, premium ingredients, increasing focus on presentation
- 17/20 – 1.5 star Michelin, experimentation and uniqueness, elaborate and elegant presentation, tasting menus, sculpting the plate
- 18/20 – 2 star Michelin, one to three dishes that occasionally rise above the merely elegant to challenge & tickle both stomach and mind.
- 19/20 – 3 star Michelin, succession of highly polished and perfected dishes. Chef at height of powers. Experimentation and pushing the envelope.
- 20/20 – Pinnacle of world cuisine. Inimitable, and completely unique artworks. Terroir. Successions of memorable dishes. A lifelong memory: “When I think of what makes the restaurant a 20/20 dishes, I think the sole true criteria is a sustained flight of fancy, dish after dish after dish that blows the diner away.“
OVERALL RANKINGS (CASUAL PLACES)
- <= 2/5 – Avoid
- 3/5 – Decent Food
- 4/5 – Good Food
- 5/5 – Excellent Food, very memorable.
Michelin rankings change all the time. I have put the current star rankings on the side-bar next to the restaurant’s name. If the star ranking changes, I will only change the star rankings when I revisit at the new star ranking. I will then individually annotate the previous star rankings for my other visits.