This is the official website for The Federation of Specialist Restaurants


The Federation of Specialist Restaurants grew out of The National Dome Grading Scheme started in 1994. It was an inspection system available to all Indian and Oriental restaurants who were prepared to have their health, hygiene, menu, food, decor and service inspected by experts and graded according to a scale of excellence based on their location.

NDGS was set up at the request of prominent ethnic restaurateurs to bring the growth in excellence of standards to the notice of commentators on food and restaurants, particularly such bodies as Michelin.

Grades are 1- 5 Domes plus 'commended' and 'highly commended' notations.
A special D is sometimes awarded for distinctive cuisine.

In 2007, with 5 Indian restaurants and other Chinese, Thai and Italian restaurants recognised by Michelin stars it was decided the emphasis should move to the provision of services, publicising and information dissemination.

President :

Peter J. Grove

NDGS was set up by journalists and food writers Peter & Colleen Grove, editors of numerous specialist publications from 1989 onwards including :

The Real Curry Restaurant Guide

The Oriental Restaurant Guide

The Italian Restaurant Guide

The Mood Food Restaurant Guide

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