Why diners should be eating at Chinese restaurants with a 3.5 star rating and NO higher: ‘It’s the sweet spot’
- US filmmaker Freddie Wong revealed how to pick the best Chinese restaurants
- He says people should look out for restaurants with just 3.5 star ratings
- He claims four and five star ratings guarantee good service not good food
You should never eat at a Chinese restaurant with a four or five star rating according to a foodie who claims only those with a 3.5 star rating are worth a visit.
Speaking to his 295,000 fans, Freddie Wong from the US said the best Chinese restaurants have horrible customer service but amazing food.
Posting on his RocketJump account the filmmaker explained restaurants with the magic 3.5 star rating were the ‘sweet spot’ for authentic Chinese cuisine.
Freddie Wong says the best, most authentic Chinese food comes from restaurants with 3.5 star reviews
The method ‘assumes’ you are hunting down a restaurant in a major metropolitan area, he clarified.
‘Cultural expectations for service are different in Asia. They’re not as proactive, they’re not going to come up to you and just proactively give you refills. You need to flag down the waiters.
‘People on Yelp are insufferable, they’re digging on these restaurants because the service is bad. However, the food balances it out so you end up with 3.5 stars,’ he said.
He points out a dumpling bar with 3.5 stars.
‘This is what I am talking about, the food here is good. The waiters are going to ignore you, they are rude, but the food is better,’ he said.
Restaurants with four and five stars are more likely to be favoured by ‘white people’ according to the TikTokker, so there will be emphasis on the service not the food.
He said you can’t go ‘too low’ either – and that he also avoids places with 2.5 stars.
He said most of his go-to Chinese restaurants can be found hovering on 3.5 stars on the review sites like Yelp
And his followers appeared to agree – noting some of the best Chinese meals they have had came from poorly-rated restaurants.
‘I just checked my three favourite places in the city – all 3.5 stars,’ one man said.
‘This is super helpful, I always go to top rated places and get super disappointed,’ added another.
Some shared additional tips.
‘I look for the quality of the chairs. If they have those faded pink pleather chairs and lots of Chinese movie posters, the food is gonna be lit,’ one man wrote.
‘If it’s in a strip mall and the owners’ kids are running around I’m here,’ added another.
‘I use the “welcome” rule. If you walk in and they greet you just leave because food will be mid. I want them to ignore me like my high school crush,’ said a third.
Others had fun stories to share about ‘rude waiters’ at such restaurants.
‘My friend and I went to a hole in the wall dumpling place and tried to order everything and the waiter got mad and said “That’s too much!”‘ one man wrote.
The video has been seen seven million times since he uploaded it on Wednesday.