Editorial Policy

FooDiva and that includes her guest writers, review restaurants anonymously, whilst paying their own way. This ‘no freebies’ policy means you can trust FooDiva reviewers to speak their mind, and to share ‘impartial, intelligent restaurant reviews’. The reviews offer constructive feedback, and are simply the opinion of FooDiva alone. FooDiva does dine with one guest to allow for a greater variety of dishes and a better representation of the dining out experience.

FooDiva likes to give new restaurants one month to settle in before visiting for a review – unless a restaurant chooses to publicly announce its opening sooner, in which case we may review earlier. Licensed restaurants serving alcohol are scored on a one to five knife rating (including half scores) which reflects the dining experience on five parameters – food (spanning flavour, technique, quality of ingredients and presentation), service, location, interior, atmosphere and value for money. The rating encompasses the overall restaurant experience with everything from making a booking through to dining and walking out at the end of the meal.

  • One knife – don’t even think about dining here
  • Two knives – poor and forgettable
  • Three knives – average
  • Four knives – excellent in most parts, but not all
  • Five knives – an extraordinary and perfect dining experience

Restaurants and F&B suppliers – please do monitor your reviews and feel free to respond to your customers by using the comments function. You can turn a negative experience into something positive and improve customer satisfaction.

PRs – feel free to notify us of new openings so we can add restaurants to a review wish list. In addition, FooDiva has a number of other sections – celebrity chef interviews, food & drink features, foodie happenings and culinary travel – so please do consider these in your pitches. With the UAE’s growing dining scene, we are inundated with requests to attend restaurant launches, menu tastings, cooking classes and new chef introductions – for more information on event attendance, please click here (scroll to point 7).

Last but not least, as an online publisher we are ultimately responsible for the content on FooDiva so here is our privacy policy and code of ethics.

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

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55 Responses to “Editorial Policy”

  1. Diana November 9, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hi Foodiva,
    I can’t seem to find a contact e-mail. Just wanted to let you guys know that we are starting our brunch on the terrace overlooking the polo fields on the 18th, I read as per your policy that you wait a month before visiting. Just wanted to drop you a message and let you know that we will be starting, so if you have space in your Friday brunch calendar in December or January i hope we will get a spot. it is a different brunch to most in Dubai, as it gives a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and nature, with our lush green fields and the sport of polo as the main entertainment.
    Hope to see our brunch reviewed here at some point.
    Best regards

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