Unlike some other media titles, FooDiva reviews restaurants and foodie experiences anonymously, whilst paying her own way. This ‘no freebies’ policy means you can trust FooDiva to speak her 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 guests 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 full-fledged review – unless a restaurant chooses to publicly announce soon after opening in which case I may review earlier. Restaurants are scored on a one (poor) to five (extraordinary) knife rating which reflects my experience on five parameters – food (from presentation to taste), service, location, interior, atmosphere and value for money.
In some cases, FooDiva is asked to review kitchen products – rest assured that even if the product is gifted, the review will be honest and impartial based on FooDiva’s trial of that particular product.
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.
In some cases, FooDiva will attend events specially hosted for Fooderati Arabia, our UAE food blogging community – where possible and if the content is of interest to FooDiva’s followers, I will review and share honest feedback.
With the UAE’s burgeoning dining scene, FooDiva is inundated with requests to attend restaurant launches, menu tastings and new chef introductions. Whilst I will squeeze in as many media events as possible, coverage on the site cannot be guaranteed. However, I will try my utmost to share event news on our Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Last but not least, as an online publisher I am ultimately responsible for the content on FooDiva so here is my Code of Ethics:
- FooDiva’s reviews are my opinion based on my experience. I will be respectful of my readers’ views and likewise expect the same courtesy.
- FooDiva links and trackbacks to other blogs appropriately.
- FooDiva welcomes constructive comments. I have the right to edit, delete and block any inappropriate or unnecessary comments on this blog as I see fit. Remember I am a real person not a publishing house. It’s fine to disagree, but there’s no need to be disagreeable – play fair and play nice. Make sure it’s something you are comfortable sharing with your mother.
- FooDiva endeavors to respond to constructive comments promptly and pleasantly, even if I disagree.