I’m not going to deny that I love it when my friends and family call me up randomly to get restaurant recommendations because they can’t decide where to eat. I love talking about food and will take every chance I have to do it! I won’t call myself an expert, of course, but with the help of a couple of apps, I am able to gain the trust of my family and friends. A lot of my time as a blogger is spent reading reviews and deciding which places might actually be worth checking out or what are the current food trends that are taking over Metro Manila. With the help of a couple of apps, I’m able to stay on top of it without actually going to every single restaurant opening or lining up in every single line for a hyped up food product.
Here are the Top 3 Foodie Apps available on iOS and Android!
Zomato has got to be one of my favorite apps over all because I use it as much as I use the Facebook app (maybe even more). This is seriously the only Foodie App that’s got it all – you can use it from your desktop, your mobile, you can upload more than 1 photo, you can upload ONLY photos, they have thought of everything. Zomato originated in India and is actually already available in 22 countries so even when you’re traveling, you can still use this app and discover the restaurants worth visiting! You have the option to search for a restaurant, browse through nearby restaurants or even choose one from their collections. They have collections such as Trending, Newly Opened, Best Cupcakes, Board Games, Steakhouses and so much more. These collections make it easier to pick a restaurant based on your current mood or craving.
It is hands down the best Foodie app out there and I might do a blog post about Zomato in the future!
PS. I’m a verified user on Zomato under the username @girleatsworld so you can follow me on there for short reviews. I don’t blog about every single restaurant that I go to but I try my best to post on Zomato about it!
Looloo was actually the first foodie app I ever downloaded. This app is what helped me discover just how much I love reading and writing about restaurants, even highlighting certain dishes. Although, a little while after I started using it, I would always get an error message stating that there is an “Error Connection” even though I was connected to the Internet and all of my other apps were working perfectly. It could be a bug. My favorite thing about this app is the “Explore” function, you can click on either “Latest” to find which restaurant was the most recently reviewed or “Nearby” to discover restaurants near you or even “Specials” where you can find which restaurants are having special offers. The special offers are always linked to the app, you will need to show the app to to your server and ask them for the code, after which you can avail of whatever ongoing promo Looloo has with the restaurant you’re in. This app doesn’t only have reviews for restaurants, it also has reviews for hotels, spas, amusement parks, art studios, airports, and even gyms. It basically makes your life easier because before you head out anywhere, you can look up reviews to see if the place is worth visiting.
PS. I’m aware that I have 0 “Inflooence,” lol, it’s because you only get Inflooence points when you receive credit for a recommendation you’ve given out but you have to manually choose which people you’re recommending the place to and I don’t recommend to certain people. I just write the review and post it!
3. Food PandaWhile Food Panda has been getting a lot of bad press lately, I still feel that this is one app that has some serious potential. Basically, you can order from any of the restaurants on their database (they accept payments via credit card, Paypal or cash on delivery), after which you get a call or text from Food Panda to confirm your order. Food Panda is the one who then calls your restaurant of choice to place your order and then calls you back to let you know how long it will take (usually 60-80 minutes). The rider that comes to deliver your food is from the restaurant that you ordered from. Their minimum delivery charge also depends on which restaurant you order from so it can be anywhere from P200 – P500 depending on the restaurant’s requirements. I think that Food Panda has a lot of potential but it also has a lot of kinks that it needs to iron out; for example: 60 – 80 minutes is insane, they need to find a way to lower that to even 40 minutes, P500 minimum order is also crazy, probably with a minimum of P300 and a fixed delivery charge of P50 more people would want to use this app and finally, their whole ordering process is a little too long. Instead of calling you back to tell you how long it can take, they should just alert you via the app that your order is being dispatched and will take x amount of time. Anyway, it is still an app that is OK for certain situations (like when you’re really too lazy to pick up your food or you can anticipate having guests in the next hour or so and you have no time to whip something up). I’ve heard that the Food Panda team are already making improvements so hopefully the users stick around to experience that!
What Foodie Apps do you guys use?