As heard on ABC Radio: Best apps for restaurant discovery
I was recently invited by ABC Radio’s Michael Mackenzie to talk about mobile apps on the RN First Bite program! This was broadcasted live across Australia a few weeks ago on October 26.
Since the day smart phones were introduced, my iPhone has essentially become an extension of me. More specifically with food and travel, there are apps that makes cooking conversions and translations easier, apps that enhance lighting and contrast so my Instagram photos look even more alluring, and apps that facilitate the social discovery of new places to eat at. It is this latter topic that I was asked to talk about.
I grouped these apps into three categories:
Great for discovering popular restaurants at most major cities around Australia, Urbanspoon is handy in that it features both user reviews and blogger reviews and offers a quick snapshot of restaurants in the area based on percentage-based ratings, cuisine and price.
Yelp goes beyond just finding restaurants, cafes and bars and touches on other local businesses too; the reviews are more detailed than Urbanspoon and ‘Elite Yelp reviewers’ help make the content slightly more insightful.
Scan for places to eat via recommended dishes. FoodSpotting is all about the visuals, perfect for people who like to see exactly what they’ll be served!
A location-based social network, Foursquare is fun for keeping up with friends on the go and discovering tips for nearby best food, nightlight and entertainment. Plus some restaurants offer specials for check-ins and bonuses for ‘mayors’.
Food Ordering and Delivery
For when you’re too lazy to even pickup takeaway, Menulog has over 2000 restaurants on their database who are ready to deliver, with many offering discounts for first-time customers and loyalty specials on repeat orders.
Part of the Catch of the Day Group, EatNow has a good database of local restaurants around Australia offering easy online ordering and delivery. They accept cash on delivery, credit card payments and even Paypal.
- Book a Restaurant
Linking directly to the reservations system of all featured restaurants, you can search for real-time table availability and book instantly.
With over 2500 restaurants nationwide and dozens of affiliates including Google, TripAdvisor, Gourmet Traveller, and Fairfax’s Good Food Guide, Dimmi’s restaurant booking system seems to be integrated everywhere!
- Lime & Tonic
This new app offers personalised recommendations and dining experiences based on data you provide in your profile settings!
What are your favourite restaurant discovery apps?