For all the hobby chefs out there, and for those of you who want to be one, even when you’re out and about...
Just like in the kitchen when you’re standing at the stove, this game requires speed and efficiency, and most importantly: don’t let anything burn.
Give it a try!
This review was written by Paulina Gegenheimer, a high school student.
You have to prepare meals as quickly as possible in order to keep your customers satisfied. Don’t let anything burn and make sure that every meal is served correctly… That’s what the directions of the Bistro Cook might sound like.
Sure, it sounds easy enough, but if you select the Medium or Hard levels you’ll soon find out that this game isn’t exactly a piece of cake. As the bistro’s chef you’re going to have to deal with a lot of stress, as it’s your job to turn the nicely presented vegetables, fish, and meats into exactly the dishes that were ordered.
The orders appear as empty plate in the upper region of the screen. The name of the dish is written beneath. Bistro Cook is pretty sweet and pretty clever, too, as it saves your score, although you start from the beginning with every new game. You can quite or pause the game at any given moment, and it’s an excellent way of passing time if you’re feeling a bit bored.
I like Bistro Cook and recommend you give it a go.
Screen & Controls
Once the orders have been taken you have to select the ingredients needed for the dish in question by touching it, then clicking on the pan in which it should be cooked. A small green symbol lets you know when the ingredients are cooked enough. Then, all you have to do is touch the food and the corresponding plate and the dish will automatically be served (I experienced a few issues with this function, as it didn’t always react the way it’s meant to, so that in the end my food was sometimes half burnt before it got to the plate).
Fresh produce such as tomatoes or lettuce don’t have to be cooked. Simply touch them and then the plate in order to transfer them.
The app provides a thorough tutorial explaining exactly how the game should be played. You can access it via the main menu, which is where you can also start a new game and see all your old scores.
Bistro Cook is easy to understand and not set up in a confusing way.
Speed & Stability
It takes a few moments for Bistro Cook to load, but its set up it’s quite fast. Aside from that I didn’t have any bones to pick with the game’s speed or stability.
Bistro Cook can be downloaded for free from the Market.