Imagine its your birthday, anniversary or you are celebrating a very special occasion! And for this special occasion you would like to go out to a yummy restaurant or a fancy bar with your friends. What would your first step be?
Well, last night, I was organizing a night out with friends to celebrate my birthday. To search for a great restaurant I had two options:
- either go to a restaurant I already knew,
- or get a (good) suggestion
The first option didn't work out. I had no precise idea, I had left my restaurant cards at home and anyway, I wanted to discover some new place.
So, how could I get a good suggestion ?
What was important to me was to screen restaurants according to their quality, style, price, location. More importantly, I needed to trust the suggestion.
I could have opened a guide (i.e. Zagat, Michelin) or called a friend who shares my taste, or browsed a couple of web sites (i.e. Yelp, OpenTable, Qype, etc). Instead, I figured I would try using my iPhone, and I downloaded a few applications, such as:
- some apps which provide editorial content (Zagat, Michelin, I in the City)
- some which collect and monitor user-generated content (AroundMe, Qype, DisMoiOu)
Well, it didn't quiet work out and I eventually ended up calling a friend for a good suggestion (I went to MamaShelter) !
But before I tell you why I got frustrated, I'd like to ask you: do you use your iPhone or telephone to search for a restaurant ? Do you know a good iPhone app to search for a good restaurant ?