What I liked:
- The moment I think of something, I’ll list it here. I love the categorisation they’ve attempted had the selection been something I could agree with, especially given the quality of selections in the Restaurants you just cannot miss section (see below).
What I didn’t like:
- Advertisements on category pages
- Category contents are listed on the right hand side, with a graphic cover page on the left, sometimes occupied by an advertisement. Do these restaurants belong to that category? I’m not sure. For example, was Kainoosh selected to be a part of the North Indian and Mughlai recommendations?
- The huge space devoted to a graphic, which I assume was earmarked for individual advertisers, takes away from the clarity of a page that is meant to clearly communicate the category.
- Citibank Discounts in the beginning of the guide:Citibank Dining Privileges, and Citibank Discounts at the end of the guide.
- What’s the difference? Why are there two listings, one a subset of the other?
- Every restaurant listed in the Citibank Dining Privileges section is present in the Citibank Discounts section at the end too. Why have duplicate listings?
- The Citibank Dining Privileges section in the beginning includes page numbers, a useful feature that wasn’t extended to the Citibank Discounts section for reasons I am unaware of.
- User Reviews: All the user reviews appear to be written by the same user. Further, the user review for 1440, doesn’t appear to be among the 6 user reviews on the restaurant’s page on Zomato.com.
- Missing Restaurants: Very well known and niche restaurants have been left out. I understand some may not have made the cut… but all of them? Here are a few.
- Bernardo’s in Gurgaon: One of the few Goan restaurants in Delhi/NCR and arguably the best. Missing. The Miele Guide appears to believe they’re one of Asia’s top 500.
- Gunpowder in Hauz Khas village: I can’t say I like them very much, which doesn’t remove from the fact that they’re going strong last I heard and have instant recall for quite a few people.
- Nagaland Kitchen in Green Park: One of the few restaurants in the city that serve Naga food.
- Tamura in Green Park, missing, one of the few good Japanese restaurants in the city.
- Restaurants you just cannot miss: For some reason, Zomato has chosen to include restaurants such as KFC, McDonalds (McDelivery, no less), Nirulas, Pizza Hut and Subway in this list.
- Location based index: Missing
- Cuisine based index: Missing
- Price based index: Missing
I do not suggest purchasing the Zomato Food Guide 2012. Considering the folks at Zomato are smart cookies, I’m sure the 2013 edition will be much better.
Ed: Cover photo from Zomato.com.