Video Game / Cook, Serve, Delicious

Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a cooking-themed microgame game by David "Chubigans" Galindo, released for iOS, Android and Windows/OS X through the Steam Greenlight system in October 2013.

The titular restaurant was once a thriving source of fantastic food, but then it declined in popularity, and fell into disrepair. You, the player, have inherited the restaurant, and have to complete a set of objectives to hopefully raise the restaurant up through the star ratings. Orders are served by completing various timing and keyboard-based minigames as quickly as possible, while also having to contend with various chores such as rat traps, increased litter, dirty plates and the toilet. On top of this, you're also getting attention from the host of a cookery-based TV show, along with regular supplies of mysterious golden tickets. Only by progressing through the star ratings can this become clear to the player.

After becoming a surprise hit on its release, a sequel was announced in July 2015 and is set for release sometime in 2017.

RUSH HOUR - The dawn of new tropes is at hand:

  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Casu marzu. While this cheese isn't used as a wine flavour like the game suggests, such a variety of cheese does exist. And it's a little squickier than the game implies.
  • The Bet: These can happen either from an automated betting service, or a mysterious, smug individual called Crazy Dave, requiring certain circumstances to arise on top of a perfect combo.
  • Button Mashing:
    • Serving wine requires the player to uncork a wine bottle by hammering the up arrow key quickly...after using the W key to make sure the right kind of wine is selected, in the case of the upgraded wines.
    • Similarly, tenderising chicken meat can come across as this in a hurry, since a perfect order requires six hits of the tenderising key.
  • The Cameo: On top of the generic chef characters, the "Battle Kitchen" mode involves a large handful of characters from various other indie games as unlockables.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Soup takes a long time to prepare and requires lots of ingredients, but it's also both a staple food and one of the more expensive items on the menu.
  • Difficulty Spike: Earning a new star activates an automatic 30% Buzz increase for the three days following. Those three days will likely be significantly more difficult than the days leading up to attaining said star.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Played straight at first, subverted when the player buys the "commercial toilet" upgrade.
  • Early Game Hell: With low-earning foods and low Buzz, money is extremely difficult to earn at the beginning of the game, meaning that saving up for those vital food and equipment upgrades will be a very slow process. Once foods start getting upgraded and additional earning opportunities become available, this becomes much less of an issue.
  • Excuse Plot: You have to help a dilapidated restaurant climb through the star ratings by serving enough orders and making enough money. Minigames ensue.
  • Final-Exam Boss: The Hungry Festivities challenges play out like this, with each requiring you to make one of every recipe for one specific menu item.
  • The Gambler: Crazy Dave
  • Gratuitous French: The default wine type is named "Le Cheap".
  • Gratuitous Ninja: A secluded clan of ninjas appear as the people behind the mysterious golden tickets.
  • Guide Dang It: The Robbery Chore. The idea is to select various traits to build up a face based on the description. What the game doesn't tell you is that the labels next to the key prompts help in determining which traits are which. Thankfully, this chore is the rarest, so it's more of a momentary annoyance, particularly with a massive revenue stream.
  • Harder Than Hard: Extreme Difficulty, which gives you a permanent +50% buzz boost and drastically decreases customers' patience. The difficulty selection screen warns you that it's impossible.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: Occasionally, a health inspector will come, and failing to complete a chore while she's around will result in you failing the inspection.
  • Jump Scare: The gunshot sound that heralds the arrival of the robbery chore. Since this is the rarest chore, this can easily come as a surprise to the player.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The description for the sequel reveals that five platinum stars is the highest possible ranking in the first game.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Any of Crazy Dave's bets that require making a certain amount in tips. Even with high Buzz and every item on the menu being a Big Tipper, whether or not you reach the goal is entirely dependent on whether or not customers actually feel like tipping.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The Battle Kitchen mode includes as unlockables characters from Risk of Rain, Hotline Miami, Rogue Legacy, Ghost Song: A Journey Of Hope, Gang Beasts, Assault Android Cactus, Speedrunners, Shovel Knight, Nuclear Throne, SUPERHOT, Luftrausers, Lethal League, Nidhogg, FTL: Faster Than Light, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Joe Danger, Pixel Junk Monsters, Pixel Junk Nom Nom Galaxy, and Stealth, Inc. 2.
  • Money for Nothing: A decently skilled player should be able to buy all foods and upgrades around the time they earn their fifth star, making money entirely superfluous at that point.
  • Mouse Trap: The rat-trapping chore requires you to set up one of these.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Placing down any ingredient results in a "thwack" sound. This can get very absurd if the player has managed to get very good at a given minigame and/or has rebound the controls, such as binding Q, W, E and R to the four initial ingredients of lasagna.
    • Going into and out of rush hour has never been so grand.
  • New Game+: Reaching the platinum star ranking unlocks a New Game+ mode on Extreme Difficulty which carries over your progress towards achievements.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: With the appropriate key bindings, the player can do this easily to alleviate certain difficult foods.
  • Romance Sidequest: If a love interest is coming round on a certain day, and you manage to get his/her order right, (s)he'll then text you, requiring you to select the non-insulting response. During work hours.
  • Sequel Escalation: The sequel promises to surpass the original in several ways:
    • The first game has 30 menu items to choose from. The sequel has over 180.
    • Stars in the first game are earned one at a time, with five platinum stars being awarded immediately after the five star rank. The sequel awards stars in half-star increments, including platinum stars (making for a total of 21 ranks vs. the original's 7).
    • The first game features a single menu with a maximum of six spaces. The sequel has distinct breakfast, lunch/dinner, drink, dessert, and "secret ingredient" menus, for a total of 21 menu slots (though players can opt to use the classic single menu if desired).
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: The player becomes this during a minigame where a tablet appears, and the person with it asks the player to thumb up a photo of their food. This results in a slight boost to the buzz percentage, so evidently, this works.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Simple, yet Awesome:
    • Wine is extremely simple to make (just pick the right bottle and then pull the cork out) and a staple item (meaning it can stay on the menu indefinitely with no Buzz penalty), yet fully upgraded it can net you $60 in one order, making it the single most lucrative food in the game. The only major downside is that the amount you earn depends on the order, but even the cheapest wine is as expensive as a fully-upgraded Soda or Beer, both of which are easier to mess up.
    • Lobster is as simple as boiling the lobster and then selecting the correct sauces when it's done, yet fully upgraded it nets you $40 a plate. The only major downside is that messing up the sauces will result in an automatic Bad order, but with only five sauces to choose from, this should be an extremely rare occurrence at best.
  • Spammer: Spam messages show up in your in-game email inbox, and these can be turned off with an upgrade.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Ore no Ryouri, an obscure PlayStation game with very similar gameplay. This is no coincidence; the game is actually the third sequel to a series of fan games named Ore no Ryomi. Posts in the developer's blog related to Cook, Serve, Delicious! are still even tagged as "Ore no Ryomi 3".
  • Super Identikit: The rarest chore in the game involves getting robbed, and someone gives you a description to base a sketch on.
  • Wine Is Classy: Hence why it's a "staple food".