4 Apps to find restaurants in Penang

When foreigners think of Penang, I think the first word that comes to mind is food.  It seems like when we get together we’re talking about what we’ve recently eaten and where.  I share a lot about food on this blog.  However, some of the reviews for restaurants on Living In Penang are getting out of date.  Bella Marino has moved from Straits Quay to Pulau Tikus.  And Viva Italia continues to attract bad reviews on our site.   As new information comes in I try to keep all the info up to date.  I really appreciate the community that keeps the information flowing so that we can all keep abreast of the changes to the restaurants in Penang.

There are some sites and apps that are helpful in getting information about the restaurants in Penang.

Foursquare

site: http://www.foursquare.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/foursquare

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joelapenna.foursquared

Foursquare is pretty popular among Malaysian local tourists.  Users can “check in” where they are with location aware smartphones.  Some retailers offer on-the-spot discounts and coupons for check-ins.  The coupon shows up on the screen and you can bring it up to the counter to redeem your discount.

The app also allows you to write your own review and read other people’s reviews of the restaurants near by.  Users can upload pictures with their reviews so that’s good for sharing shots of the dishes you are eating, or the ubiquitous selfie.

The social aspect of this app and site allow you to see where your friends are checking in and get trusted reviews from your own social network.

Trip Advisor

site: http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/tripadvisor-hotels-flights/id284876795?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor

TripAdvisor is the veteran of these sites.  A lot of the hotels and restaurants in Penang are well aware of their ranking on TripAdvisor.  Some use their TripAdvisor ratings on their signage.  TripAdvisor has the advantage of having a large pool of users, so therefore a larger body of reviews.

 

Hungry Go Where

site: http://www.hungrygowhere.my

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/hungrygowhere/id311783958?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singtel.hungrygowhere

Hungry Go Where is a newbie in this space.  They had a big promotional push a few months ago.  For their effort it looks like there are a lot of reviews from users all over Penang.  I see little streetside hawkers with reviews on HungryGoWhere.  THat’s pretty amazing.

They have a good search function to find restaurants by cuisine.  I like their clean interface that has a more Google+-like look and feel.

An interesting feature on HungryGoWhere is the big button that filters all search results for Halal places.

OpenRice

site: http://my.openrice.com/penang/restaurants/district/island-center/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/openrice-malaysia/id529798222?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.openrice.android.my

OpenRice is getting a big push right now on Facebook advertising right now.  It is actually an established review site, but with a new app and increased social share functionality.  They are associated with OpenSnap which allows you to social share food pictures.

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