Jason and I often face a similar dilemma when we are in an unfamiliar suburb and are bombarded with enticing menus on numerous shop fronts. This usually involves us walking up and down the street trying to judge the restaurant quality from the footpath because once we set foot inside, it would be impolite to leave. Our decisions have mostly proved successful but, from time to time, we find ourselves regretful that we were over charged for a less than average meal.
I imagine that a similar thing happens to many other people, which is why I'm so happy to share with you a new online restaurant guide called Zomato.
I first discovered Zomato through Easy Food Hacks and was delighted by the comprehensive list of Auckland restaurants on their database. There is also dedicated team who roam Auckland looking for new restaurants and menu changes to ensure only the most up to date information is on the website. This also ensures that the little family owned restaurants and eateries also make it onto the foodie radar!
Their simple user interface makes navigating the website a breeze and there is even a Zomato app so you can look up restaurants whenever the mood strikes -which is quite often for me. Important information such as the food hygiene rating, cost for two people and opening hours accompany the very well thought out reviews.
Since joining Zomato, I have mostly used the smartphone app as I'm usually out wandering when hunger strikes. As such, the most useful tool for me is being able to search for eateries within my direct vicinity (re: minimal walking).
I, along with many other foodies, contribute regularly to Zomato by adding reviews and photos (see the Lucyeats profile here). They are constantly being checked for authenticity so any false reviews written by competitors can be weeded out.
And Now for the Giveaway...
I'm hoping that, by now, you are rushing off to Zomato to make an account so you too, can discover new eateries and connect with other food enthusiasts. To make this a little more enticing for you, the great team at Zomato are giving away a $25 voucher to Urban Turban, an Indian restaurant offering up Bombay style dishes on Auckland's North Wharf.
To be in the draw to win, you must do the following:
1. Create a Zomato profile and follow my profile, Lucyeats (you can do this using your email address or your existing Facebook account)
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: "of the restaurants I have reviewed, which one has the highest rating?"
The winner will be announced here on March 10th 2014 and be contacted by a member of the Zomato team.
I hope to see you on Zomato soon!
EDIT: the method of answering (note 2) has been changed from private message to email. Don't worry if you have already tried messaging me - I have got your details already :)