It can seem that "restaurant mimicry" questions are requests for recipes. What is the difference, and how can we write restaurant mimicry questions which don't get closed?
The community decided long ago that restaurant mimicry questions are allowed. But they were even then considered a "grey" category, because they can be framed as a recipe request. A restaurant mimicry question should be written very carefully, so that it doesn't have the problems normally associated with recipe requests.
The general idea is that you see a dish you like, and try to imitate it at home.
We already have some examples for good restaurant-mimicry questions, take a look at them before posting.
I think the tag is misused a lot. Some RM questions are technique based. For example, my question on Risotto is a question about technique and time management. Another good example would be "How does the Chinese place down the street get the skin on their Peking duck so crispy?"
But, a question like "How can I make a Big Mac at home." would probably be more like a recipe request.
Generally, A good RM question should be a "How did they do that unique thing", not a "How do I make a dish like this one at that restaurant."