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How to serve the best dishes: Cafeteria Nipponica hints, tips, and tricks

Gotta do the cooking by the book
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Think you've played enough Kairosoft management games to last you a lifetime? Think again. Cafeteria Nipponica is the latest time sink from the prolific Japanese developer, putting you in charge of a bustling chain of restaurants.

As with every Kairosoft game, there's a serious level of depth to be found once you're scratched away the surface.

Looking after a restaurant might not sound as exciting as populating the cosmos in Epic Astro story, or being part of an epic RPG in Dungeon Village, but Kairosoft's newest pound of Android crack still has plenty of secrets for you to uncover.

If you need a hand choosing your dishes and organising your staff, Pocket Gamer has served up the following guide, and hopefully it will be to your taste.

You'd do anything for money

It's a lot trickier to handle your cash flow in Cafeteria Nipponica than any in other Kairosoft game, thanks to a couple of key factors.

First off, whenever January rolls around, make sure you start saving your cash. Staff payday happens once a year (in April), and if you have a good few staff members, you may well find up to $20,000 coming out of your budget in one go.

Obviously, if you haven't prepared for this, you may find yourself unable to do anything for the next few months as you frantically save to pay off your debts. To make sure that you don't get caught in a vicious pay cycle, save up some wonga between January and April.

You can try to work out the yearly salary by going to 'View Info' and 'Staff Members' in the menu, and then adding up all the salaries one by one (noting which staff have actually worked and which haven't), but it's a lot easier to simply be on your guard and play it safe.

Be prepared

Following on from the above tip, it's always a good idea to be prepared in every case. For example, your team will go hunting for ingredients four times a year, but if you don't have enough money when the time comes, you simply won't be able to go.

With this in mind, it's a really good idea to always have at least a few grand saved up in your bank account so that if you do get caught off-guard, you at least have enough to pay for something and don't waste the opportunity.

Another benefit of continually keeping your account topped up arises when you purchase a new restaurant. The game will automatically open your restaurant for you, with the items you have in your stockroom and the staff in your break room.

If you have no stock or staff waiting, your restaurant wil remain empty and no one will visit, thereby costing you valuable time and money. So, before you open a new restuarant, hire some staff and stick them in the break room, ready and willing. Same with the stock - grab your tables and furniture before you hit go.

Bring the whole family

One area of the game that isn't explained all that well is the attracting of new clients to your restaurants. Each piece of furniture and recipe brings in specific customers types, such as students or old people.

Here's the trick, though: at some point, a window will pop up telling you that a certain type of person (e.g. a student) is going to come into your restaurant regularly. At that point, get rid of everything that attracts students and focus elsewhere.

The student will continue to visit, and now you can attempt to attract a different type of person as well. Eventually, if you attract a broad enough range of demographics, your restaurants will be jam-packed.

Use different items and remodel your restaurants through the 'Plans' menu to bring in the whole crowd and to boost your cash flow expeditiously.

Recipe for success

There are two angles to approach building recipes - you can either boost your current batch, or mix ingredients together to form new ones.

When you boot the game up for the first time, it's a good idea to attempt to complete as many new recipes as possible, for the simple fact that the majority of the starting recipes are awful, while the later recipes start out with decent stats.

Whenever your cook finishes a recipe, go to your cookbook and find a recipe you haven't yet tried. Check the ingredients it needs, and if you don't have them, go to 'Buy Ingredients' in the menu and see if the shop has them.

Once you find a recipe for which you have the ingredients (or for which you can buy the ingredients), select that. After a while, you should find that you'll research far better recipes with much better statistics.

A couple of extra pointers

Make sure to note that expansions for restaurants don't follow the restaurants to new locations. That is, if you expand a restaurant and then move it to a new location, you'll have a tiny place in the new area, rather than the expanded one.

However, if you then build a new restaurant in that original place, that one will come already expanded. With this in mind, it's not really worth expanding the restaurant that you get in the first area, as you'll be moving out of there pretty sharpish.

Finally, when you're given the option to hire a super chef, make sure to offer them more money as bribes, rather than a boosted salary. The salary will stick around forever, while the cash is only a short-term loss.

Keep in mind, too, that even if the super chef crosses the finishing line, he may still move back over it before the time runs out, so throw him a couple more bundles of cash as the timer is reaching the end just in case.

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Mike Rose 17 April 2012
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Kairosoft FAN | 22:15 - 25 July 2013
This is my best recipe:


And the full list of recipes:

Jun 2012
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theyLoser | 08:15 - 1 June 2012
can you share about developing the good dish?
Apr 2012
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cholleneo8 | 10:48 - 25 April 2012
do u think the recipes will work even if the recipe u will going to cook is not on your recipe list???
Apr 2012
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Gordy Ramsly | 18:21 - 22 April 2012
My recipes so far:

fried rice = rice carrot

spaghetti = udon herbs

seafood soup = udon secret sauce

shumai = rice top-class pork

karaage = toast boned chicken

salad = toast lettuce

toast = rice flour

onigiri = rice dried seaweed

yaki onigiri = onigiri soy sauce

omelette = rice fresh eggs

rice omelette = omelette organic rice

chicken bowl = rice boned chicken

pork bowl = chicken bowl top-class pork onion

eel bowl = chicken bowl tasty fish secret sauce

tuna bowl = rice tasty fish soy sauce

rice porridge = hot pot organic rice

crab fried rice = frried rice king crab mild vinegar

curry n' rice = fried rice hot spices

beef curry = curry n' rice marbled beef

indian curry = curry n' rice flour herbs

hayashi rice = curry n' rice tomato

fried udon = udon soy sauce carrot

champon = udon chinese cabbage

ramen = udon boned chicken

miso ramen = ramen special miso sweet corn

BBQ pork ramen - ramen top class pork garlic

combo ramen = ramen soy sauce fresh eggs

yakisoba = soba cabbage

japanese pasta = spaghetti mushroom spinach

pasta carbonara = spaghetti fresh milk fresh eggs

meat sauce pasta = spaghetti top class pork tomato

miso soup = seafood soup tofu

corn chowder = seafood soup sweet corn

stew = corn chowder boned chicken northern potato

beef stew = stew tomato marbled beef

bird's nest soup = shark fin soup caviar foie gras

hot pot = seafood soup chinese cabbage boned chicken

sumo stew = hot pot top class pork prize mushroom

yakiniku = hot pot marbled beef secret sauce

pork bun = shumai top class pork

takoyaki = pork bun flour octopus

okonomiyaki = shumai flour secret sauce

gyoza = shumai green onion ginger

meat gyoza = gyoza top class pork

seafood gyoza = gyoza top class shrimp cabbage

hamburger steak = sauteed chicken marbled beef carrot

yakitori = hamburger steak top class shrimp organic rice

kid's lunch = hamburger steak marbled beef secret sauce

steak = sauteed chicken boned chicken green onion

croquette = karaage top class pork northern potato

gratin = croquette thick butter fresh milk

tempura = croquette top-class shrimp tasty fish

caesar salad = salad lettuce aged cheese

veggie stir fry = salad carrot cabbage

nimono = veggie stir fry pumpkin daikon radish

sashimi = grilled fish tasty fish soy sauce

top-grade sushi = sashimi organic rice soy sauce

french fries = toast northern potato

hamburger = toast marbled beef

pizza toast = toast tomato

parfait = ice cream cherries

chocolate parfait = parfait chocolate

berry parfait = parfait strawberries

pudding = ice cream fresh eggs

doughnut = ice cream flour