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.