Two days back I received a book named "Zomato Restaurant Guide 2012" for book review from Blogadda. Thanks BlogAdda for reconsidering me for a book review.
First let me start by telling you something about Zomato. Zomato.com
is a website which went live in 2008 to help people discover more places to eat - either near to their home or workplace or anywhere they were travelling to. It is the largest electronic restaurant guide in India serving 3 million unique users across its web and mobile platforms every month. This site is extremely user friendly and easy to use.
This time Zomato came up with an idea of publishing it's first edition of Restaurant Guide. This is for those who don't have access to internet. The book provides menus, ratings, reviews, photos and maps for 250 + restaurants across Bangalore. It provides the smallest detail right from the a high budget restaurant like PinXX and Little Italy to Bowring Kulfi and Madurai Idly Shop.
Similar copy is also published for 10 major cities of India namely Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Bangalore.
Using this guide is very simple, just look at the prefatory page ' Using the contents' where all the starter information is available. Then just find a restaurant category and select the restaurant. There are 22 different restaurant categories/moods to pick one nice place to dine and which suits one's mood. These are namely Asian & Oriental, Beer in a Bar, Best Wine List, Business & Travel, Casual Dining, Catching-Up, Desserts & Bakes, Dining with kids, Girls' Night Out, Healthy Eating, Italian & European, Late Nighters, Nightlife & clubbing, North Indian & Mughlai, Notables, On the Go, Pure Vegetarian, Romantic Dinner, Seafood, Street Food, Sunday Brunch & value for Money.
Sometimes it becomes very difficult for people to find a good restaurant in their city. Some people like me never remember any good restaurants around and given the fact that most of them don't have internet on mobile, this task of restaurant finding becomes very confusing when they are on the go. One can buy and keep this Zomato Restaurant Guide 2012 handy.
I can keep it in my car or purse.
Also in office when we have outing's I can use this guide to search for restaurants for having a good team lunch.
The best thing about this book is that it has QR codes wherein a person can directly download the restaurant menu's and photos on their smartphone. There are a lot of Citibank Dining Priviledges and offers from Citibank.
I wish it also listed some Restaurants where Meal vouchers like Sodexho and Ticket Restaurant are also accepted. This would have been a great boon for the IT professionals in the city.
Apart from this there are very good pictures of food, wine and a few good quality advertisements. Reading the book is very simple. One can find the category of their choice, then on the right hand side one can find the pricing details and on left side one can find the page number and jump on to that page for more details about the restaurant of your choice. The details mentioned are typical cost of food for 2, cusine, timings, facilities like outdoor seating, whether take-away is available, some user reviews about that particular restaurant and the speciality of that restaurant in the don't miss list.The book looks good and the pages are very smooth. A very good index is maintained at the end of the book which lists all the restaurants in the Bangalore City. Another list is also maintained which lists all the Restaurants which offers the Citibank discounts.
I feel that this book is a must go for everyone, not just for people who have access to internet. One can safely keep it in their car or bag and use it when they have the mood to eat out.The book is priced just Rs. 199/-Published by Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.
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