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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Review: Haute Dogs

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Cook Serve Delicious 2 Review

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! challenges players to become world class chefs and run their own popular restaurant. Getting to that peak of excellence, however, takes time. Before you can serve lobster you have to master making a sub. The good news is that learning the necessary skills is a blast.

From the Rubble

Where did it all go wrong? Probably when someone called in a bomb threat and got Cook, Serve, Delicious shut down. Now, you must rebuild from scratch. Luckily, you found a new space, but your reputation doesn’t follow you.

In order to make Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 as popular and great as your first restaurant, you have to get your name out there. By working freelance at popular restaurants like MAX Wieners, Pie Right, good Japan, and Executive Decision, among others, you can make your name ring out again. The more you learn and the more credibility you gain back for your name, the better chance that Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 will outshine its predecessor.

 
Planning the menu is super important to making sure you rebuild your reputation.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! tells a simple story where you set out to pick yourself up from ruin. While the narrative is straightforward, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some fun thrown into it. Much of the story is shared through an email system within the game. It keeps you updated on your progress, but it also has plenty of bonkers emails from randos.

An email inbox for the Teragon Tower keeps you abreast of all the progress with Cook, Serve, Delicious 2, including new fixtures and decorations for your restaurant. That isn’t all it provides though.

As with all email inboxes and company emails, you will have to weed through crazy spam emails and wild emails from unstable co-workers. The real flavor of the story comes in the form of people asking you to join their cult or telling you that they had cars towed to get parking space for their limos or soliciting SEO for SOFT PRETZELS (a voluptuous bread) and so much more.

Come On, It’s RAWWWW!

Call it the rebuilding blues, but in order to regain your former glory, you have to start from the bottom. While you get Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 off the ground, you’ll need to freelance to up your reputation. In order to be a celebrate executive chef, you’re going to spend a lot of time as a line cook. The good news is you’ll gain the knowledge of a vast variety of cuisines and recipes as a result.

There is nothing more satisfying than completing a successful service on the line, nor is there anything more harrowing. Orders come in steadily with rush hours lurking around the corner. It is sink or swim because customers lack patience and have high standards. You must put out the perfect chimichanga quickly or you either lose a sale or have a dissatisfied customer. It is a jungle, but you got this.

 
Pizzas may seem like a simple item to prepare and cook, but there are a lot of specific steps to achieve the perfect pie.

Outside of rush hour, orders come in at a regular pace, giving you time to perfect and get the orders out. When you pick up a ticket, you have to complete that dish. Some dishes, like hamburgers, need to be cooked beforehand. To craft that burger, you first need to grill the patty. Once it is cooked to a perfect medium rare, you can start assembling the burg.

While all burger orders may be different, you have to assemble them in a specific order. By pressing buttons corresponding to the ingredient, you can stack the burger with cheese, more cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, a fried egg and more. Don’t forget the top bun (pretzel or regular). Then you can send out that sumptuous burg.

Even seemingly simple food has its own complexity. The difference between food and cuisine is the meticulous care that goes into cooking and preparing it. While you may be working at fast casual chains at the start, your customers aren’t any less discerning than at a haute bistro. They demand good quality without waiting long, which makes getting orders right a sometimes daunting task.

 
Dishes prepped for the holding station sometimes are ready to serve, but sometimes there are still little touches to perform before they can be served to customers.

Not every dish is going to made to order. To help cut down wait times and move the line along, you have the ability to prep and store a number of entrees and sides. While many customers will be lining up for your signature dishes, some just want chicken tendos, a bowl of soup or a quick slice of pie.

Prepping these entrees in the holding station means you can easily serve them and focus on made-to-order dishes. Making sides ahead of time will also guarantee each customer leaves extra happy with a fully delicious meal. Be careful when prepping in the holding station, though. There is a limited freshness to prepped dishes. If you prep too early, your dishes will go bad before customers can order them.

When completing a service, you’ll be ranked with a bronze, silver or gold medal based on the number of bad or average dishes you served. The gold standard requires not sending out any bad dishes and only a few average ones. However, it is extremely hard to do because it demands extreme concentration and superb time management. Luckily, silver and bronze standards are a little more forgiving and still increase your reputation.

 
Recipes become more complex the further you progress in the game. Sushi can be prepped ahead of time, but it is a complex and time consuming recipe.

As you work your way up as a freelancer from fast food to fine dining, you learn a ton of different types of dishes to put on your own menu. Every dish has its own unique characteristics, whether it is a humble hot dog or a complex beef welly. When planning the menu for Cook, Serve, Delicious 2, you need to keep these different characteristics in mind.

What dishes will increase your buzz? Switching up menu items is important because a ho-hum menu will not help make your restaurants name ring out. Which dishes come with a lot of prep time? The more prep involved in a dish means you may miss orders or screw up the ingredients.

Is your menu full of dishes that require a lot of extra chores? Restaurants are not only about food as you need to keep things clean. No one wants to eat in a pigsty, so making sure you wash the dishes, take out the trash, clean the bathrooms and prevent pest infestations is important. More importantly these tasks take your time and attention away from incoming orders.

Overall

Working the line and running your own restaurant is extremely complex, but, like in real life, you gain skills the longer you do it. Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 rewards persistence. Figuring out new strategies and how to prioritize your orders makes a huge difference when trying to reach that gold standard of service. It is also extremely fun.

The complex gameplay and off-beat world provides a lot of charm. Learning how to cook a vast variety of dishes is a joy, and figuring out how to run a successful and popular restaurant is equally terrifying and exhilarating.

Your can purchase or wishlist Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 on the Nintendo eShop now.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! was reviewed on a Nintendo Switch with a code provided by the developer.

 

 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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COOK, SERVE, DELICIOUS! 2!! REVIEW: HAUTE DOGS

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall85%

GAMEPLAY9

While the gameplay may seem simple at first, it becomes readily apparent that it is anything but simple. Managing different orders, the timing, and increasingly complex recipes takes a lot of presence and quick thinking.

GRAPHICS8.5

Visually, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! has a gorgeous illustrative aesthetic with unique interiors for each restaurant and a wonderfully unenthused look to all the customers.

SOUND8.5

The jazzy soundtrack changes to suit the time of service and the restaurant you’re working at, but it is the sound effects for cooking that really make the sound design pop.

STORY8

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is a story of a redemption following the closing of your first restaurant. While the narrative is straightforward, it is full of fun and weird emails that create a fuller scope of what goes into rebuilding.

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