Cook, Serve, Delicious!

Good
  • Many upgrades and management elements ensures a wealth of challenging content to learn and master over time
  • Each menu item has a unique procedure to follow for great variety
Bad
  • Number of days for each star is a little high that allows repetition to sink in
  • Menu customisation has a few quirky mechanics that don't incentivise players enough to try new foods
7.5

Cook, Serve, Delicious! originally started as a mobile title for iOS and Android but eventually came across to the computer with a Steam release for Windows, Mac and Linux. Focused on the mundane tasks of serving food, drinks and managing a restaurant players need to serve an ongoing stream of customers across a number of different restaurant days with evolving game mechanics that make each more complex than the last.

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Marketing itself as the hardcore restaurant sim Cook, Serve, Delicious! delivers on that promise with players running all the cooking and various tasks in order to keep the restaurant running at peak efficiency. It can be chaotic at time as you are solely responsible for the customer experience but equally rewarding when you meet the goals through determination and a bit of luck.

This restaurant that you’ll be working in is set within the SherriSoda Tower with the goal of taking the recovering restaurant back to its old five star status one food serving at a time. Starting with a small pool of funds your path to this impressive rating is in your hands as the menu and game mechanics grow to create increasing challenges.

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A key mechanic on your path to success in Cook, Serve, Delicious! is designing an ideal menu to attract customers from the thirty available food items. Each of these items has a different process to master and varying benefits that can be changed each day. Certain foods for example are best enjoyed on a rainy day while others are considered staples and constantly in fashion so will always want a spot on the menu. On the flip side though some foods have side effects, salads for example are plate intensive and increase the number of dishes to wash. While a small mechanic the ability to have complete control over your menu gives players a sense of a greater agency over the restaurant as you feel like your decisions can impact your day of serving customers to come.

Once a day in Cook, Serve, Delicious! starts players will be approached by various customers who will make a request from the menu. In order to fill this order you’ll have to complete a quick interactive sequence based on their menu selection. Filling up a beer for example requires you to hold down a button to fill up the glass while something like a salad requires you to consider the customers request and put together only the ingredients they have asked for in their order.

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As every single menu item and the various extra tasks that come with running a restaurant (cleaning the toilet, taking out the trash and washing dishes) requires a different set of actions players must master the controls and sequences for each. This is particularly important for rush hour where a significant increase of customers will flow through your restaurant and leaves little time to reflect on what the process required is. Other features in Cook, Serve, Delicious! include emails, special events, various upgrades and even a co-operative campaign.

Summary:

  • An intense restaurant simulator that challenges you across increasingly difficult levels as you build from a 1 star to 5 star restaurant.
  • Design the menu, manage upgrades and serve customers while completing other management tasks.
  • Every menu item has a different preparation required for players to memorise.
  • Random special events add new challenges to your experience and require players to be reactive.
  • Additional co-op, multiplayer and endless modes to continue your cooking adventure with more content.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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