Those who know me know that I absolutely love cooking. There is nothing quite like the taste of something made from scratch with the freshest of ingredients. Unfortunately being a student, fast food joints enjoy a lot of my hard earned peanuts as I resort to getting my food there when I am not in the mood to cook.
My friend Siya shares the same frustration as me. Where can I get homey food when I am not in the mood to cook it myself? So we set out on a journey to discover spots that offer good food, avoiding all the regular chains that we have become slave to. The unfortunate part is that most of these places are not very easy to find.
A few weeks ago one of my favourite local bloggers Wisaal tweeted about the Zomato app and I absolutely had to get my claws in there. Zomato is a restaurant and nightlife guide for cities in over 11 countries. It features menus, pictures, maps, user ratings and reviews and even the contact details of the spots if you want to make a reservation.
Here are some of the things Wisaal loved about Zomato:
Unlike Foursquare (which is where I used to leave foodie tips in the past but I got a bit bored of it), because the Zomato themselves control listings, there is no chance of finding duplicate listings
You can upload pics from your Instagram feed which is a nice extra option. If you want to simplify things, hashtag your Instagram foodie pics #Zomato & the app can (if you want) filter just those pics for you to choose to upload from – nifty!
I mentioned “featured” posts above. What happens is that the team selects well-written posts to feature on that city & location’s homepage for all users logging on. Featured reviews go into the “bite contest” where reviewers could win restaurant vouchers weekly (fingers crossed!).
The Zomato team is swift & responsive. When I asked for a restaurant to be loaded (that I couldn’t find on the app) it was done within 2 days.
Read more on her blog, Wiscellaneous. I promise you’ll love it!
So this is now my and Siya’s tool to discover nice little eateries around inner city Johannesburg where we both reside. I don’t want to say I will post what we find every week (God forbid I commit then not be able to do so) but every time we find something special, I will be sure to do a write-up about it.
Peace, love and all that good stuff!