We’re all in the habit of looking up customer reviews of eateries before we visit them. While customer reviews are a good way of knowing how tasty the food is, we should also make it a point to know the cleanliness review of an eating place. We show in this article why this must be.
Are you one of those people who look up a restaurant’s reviews on Google before visiting it? You might think that it’s a foolproof way of deciding whether or not the restaurant is good, but now, the Health Department is pitching in with what they’re calling the ‘name and shame’ list of restaurants in Victoria that have failed cleanliness and hygiene tests.
Out of the ten restaurants thus fined in 2015, most were Asian outfits. Melbourne’s Post Deng Cafe copped the biggest fine of $50,000, plus $3442 in costs. It also cost the restaurant a large amount of money in lost business. In 2015 it was convicted of offences including unsafe food handling, failing to eradicate and prevent pests, and failing to ensure it was clean enough to prevent accumulation of dirt, food waste and grease.
The five restaurants currently on the ‘dirty’ list in Victoria are as follows. If you can, avoid them until they comply with the Food Act.
#1. La Casareccia Pizza Restaurant
Located at 653 High Street, Thornbury, these guys were fined $40,000 for numerous breaches including unskilled restaurant staff who didn’t know about food safety and hygiene. They also had substandard washing facilities and napkins that encouraged the spread of germs and infection.
#2. Dumpling King
Employees without the knowledge of food safety seems to be a common breach. Dumpling King (Westfield Doncaster Food Court, Doncaster) was also found guilty of this. In addition to that, they failed to maintain the premises to a standard of cleanliness where there is no accumulation of garbage, food waste, dirt, grease and other visible matter. The fine amount was $25,000
#3. Healthy Noodle
The folks at Healthy Noodle (1905 Dandenong Road, Clayton) also failed to maintain their premises to prevent accumulation of garbage, food waste, dirt and other visible matter. They also failed to take all possible measures to prevent pests from entering the premises. Fine amount: &17,000
#4. Wendy’s Bakery
For the same two breaches as Healthy Noodle – i.e. failure to maintain premises to prevent accumulation of garbage, and failure to take all possible measures to prevent pests from entering the premises – Wendy’s Bakery (473 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham) was fined $7500.
#5. Hills Noodle Shop
This noodle shop, located at 585 Station Street, Box Hill, failed to maintain the premises to a standard of cleanliness where there was no accumulation of garbage, food waste, dirt, grease or other visible material; and also failing to take all practicable steps to prevent pests from entering the premises.
So while Google is a great way to get customer reviews of a restaurant, please make it a point to refer to the Health Department’s website to make sure that the restaurant you’re considering for your weekend dinner does not figure in the list of unclean outfits. Better safe than sorry!