My restaurant ratings are my own, and by this I mean they are purely my opinions, as a fairly savvy diner with strong ideas of what I like and what I don’t. Some restaurants are places I’ve been to more than once (in which case I’ll say so in the review) but most of my write-ups are based upon a single experience. I find “star” rating systems confusing, since they seem to mean different things to different reviewers, which is why I decided upon these categories instead. As with any subjective viewpoint, others may disagree with my assessments, and I welcome comments, feedback, and other perspectives.
Must try: Means exactly what it says. My first and most important criterion when eating out is the food, but a “must try” restaurant is a restaurant that I fell in love with – either the food was simply superb, or there was some lovely confluence of food and atmosphere and service that created a uniquely delightful and memorable experience.
I’d eat here again: What every restaurant strives for, and the ultimate test of a restaurant: would you return? If the answer is yes (and not just because it’s the place that happens to be down the street) then the restaurant is a success. High praise.
Worth a go: Not great, but not bad either. Worth a go if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.
Meh: Pretty poor. Maybe there was some saving grace but not a restaurant I recommend.
Avoid: Needs no explanation. I hated this restaurant!