Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that dining out at restaurants is one of the most favorite pastimes of Pakistanis, regardless of the age group. Be it the weekday or weekend, you’ll find restaurants buzzing with people from different walks of life no matter what city you’re in; there’s no secret as to why it’s a thriving industry, albeit a pretty competitive one. While there are plenty of restaurants for one to try out and new ones popping up frequently, the process of finding restaurant information, reviews, directions, guides and other content isn’t always super convenient.
To create a more convenient and enjoyable experience for people, we decided to develop a new app called Hungerist, which is sort of like a hybrid between Yelp/Zomato/Google Maps + food publications. And it’s now available for everyone on Android and iOS!!!
Here’s what you do with the app so far (there are new features we’re working)
Search for specific restaurants
You can search for a new restaurant a friend might have mentioned to get more info about it. Or, you could also just search for ‘coffee’ or ‘pasta’ to see what restaurants near you serves what you’re looking for. We’re working pretty hard on the search feature to make it very easy for you to find the restaurant of your choice with little to no effort
See what’s near you on a map or in a list
Often times, you’re just looking for a restaurant that’s close to you but you also don’t want to go to the same restaurant you’ve been to multiple times already this month. That’s why we have a discover section that allows you to see a map or a list of restaurants close to you.
Filter what you see
Sure, you can see a list of restaurants near you now. But what if you want a specific type of restaurant? What if you want to find a restaurant that’s somewhat healthy? Or what if you only want to see coffee shops that have a wifi??? Well, that’s exactly why we have filters for your search 🙂
Find reviews or leave reviews that offer more details
Reviews are really helpful in helping us figure out where we should and where we shouldn’t eat. But there’s a problem with a lot of the reviews we leave online: they’re very basic (or in some cases a rant against something someone at some restaurant did which has nothing to do with the food). Our goal is to introduce a review format that was more holistic and useful which is why Hungerist reviews are based on 5 different criteria.
And to reward users for leaving reviews, we’re also building a rewards program
That’s right, for leaving reviews that other people will find useful, you’ll be able to earn points that eventually unlock rewards at our partner restaurants (the feature is in the works and should be available soon).
We have a special feature coming up for Ramazan too!
Our regular MangoBaaz readers really like the listicles we do with lists of places that are offering discounts for Sehri and Iftari. So because of that, we’re working on a new feature that will let you see which restaurants near you are offering Sehri/Iftari deals and what exactly those deals are. Stay tuned friends 🙂
All of us here at MangoBaaz are very excited about the Hungerist app because we think our audience members will find it useful. Some of the best memories many of us have are over dining experiences with people that matter most to us – we hope that this app brings you together with those people, while enjoying some really dank food.
Also, if you’re reading this and are currently in Karachi, we aren’t ignoring you and we would NEVER want to. We have a small team and we want to make sure all the info and features are working fine before launching in Karachi.