Initially dubbed as a “scrappy young restaurant search platform”, Zomato has grown to become one of the most recognised tech firms from India and has even found home in South Africa covering cities; Johannesburg, Cape Town and –recently launched- Pretoria. According to Wikipedia, Zomato is an online restaurant guide providing information on home delivery, dine-out, cafés and nightlife in more than 10 countries. So it was only air for George Rautenbach to get his hands on the iOS and Android app and try it out around Cape Town.
When it comes to testing out new apps, in this case – ones that I am totally unfamiliar with – I am always baffled as to why I have to rely on a press release to introduce me to these amazing things (‘things’ being apps).
Zomato is said to compete with the likes of TripAdvisor, Yelp and other local location based food service apps BUT (take note on the emphasis) Zomato is helluva different. Of course we’re used to having to manually search for the venues on apps and once you find your desired venue on the Zomato app, you get to view the full menu of the venue on the app itself, isn’t that rad?
For starters, we reviewed v3.1 of the iOS app. At first glance, you’re greeted by a mouth-watering image of a pasta dish, which disappears faster than you can pull the handset closer to have a fine look at the dish. Clever I must say, this just tempts you to actually use the app and find a good italian café nearby. My mouth is watering still. The default menu on the app plays guests to the ‘Browse Restaurats/Home’ menu with slides of some of the featured ‘popular’ restaurants in the city. The second icon spots some of the nearby places, while the middle (third) icon lets you write a review and upload photos of a certain venue. The fourth icon lets you browse some featured content such as the ‘top25’ and ‘foodie leader board’ while the last icon lets you view and edit your personal Zomato profile. To save time, it can even fetch info from your facebook page. These icons have been perfectly placed and its easy to spot what they’re for.
Nonetheless, everything on the app looks and feels right, highly responsive, but be wary of the data usage though. It will depend on your carrier of course.
In a nutshell the app could get its own nobel ‘app’ prize from us, it is by far the only app that we have had to use to discover some foodie places around us, we never knew about. He social integration is a life saver, just in case we need to show the rest of the team and out friends where we’re hanging out for Friday Lunch days.