WARNING FOR MODS: I’m going to be making liberal use of the ‘F’ word in this post…
If you eat at restaurants then you should have Zomato on your phone. Even if you don’t consider yourself a (here it comes) foodie, have no interest in connecting with other foodies, and think that a “foodie journey” sounds like the stupidest thing ever, I can show you three practical ways in which this app will make choosing a restaurant—and eating there—an easier and more enjoyable experience.
WARNING FOR MODS: About to drop the ‘N’ word over here…
So if you’re looking for noms in a specific neighbourhood, finding something suitable is as easy as opening up the app, going to the map and drawing a circle around the general area where you want to eat. You can then filter your available results by rating, type of food and other variables.
The team behind Zomato have seemingly acommplished the impossible, to scan the menus of every single restaurant—here in Toronto, at least. Here’s a sample from my favourite midtown burger joint.
This, for me, is Zomato’s killer feature. I don’t know how they’ve managed to do this, nor how they plan to keep menus up to date.
But wait, there’s more! If this screen is to be believed then Zomato will soon feature cashless payments. MODS: ‘C’ word!
My hope is that its implementation will be more like OpenTable, with a running tally of items you’ve ordered—and less like PayPal or Tab Payments, where you’ve no idea how much you’ve been charged until after you’ve been charged.
Zomato is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; a much older version is listed on BlackBerry World. It’s an app very much worth having, even if the ‘F’ word is not in your personal vocabulary.
Disclosure #1: Zomato gave my girlfriend a $25 coupon for a local sushi shop.
Disclosure #2: Though the app is indeed great, the sushi was pretty bad.