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    As Zomato arms itself with a host of new services, a city-based app, Relishious, highlights signatures at restaurants

    With Zomato registering nearly 0.6 million users in Chennai each month, the international app is clearly the go-to platform for restaurant hunters across the city. But in a month, Relishious, a new app by city-based Hibrise Technologies, hopes to change that, at least in Chennai. “When you go to a restaurant for the first time and don’t like what you order, you may never go back there again,” argues ShahNawaz Khan, director services of Hibrise Technologies. And that’s why his app puts the focus on the food before the restaurant.
    On Relishious, you get recommendations based on a set of parameters such as your location, the time of day, your previous choices and even the season (summer coolers, for example). The app learns your tastes and becomes your personal guide. And if you choose to search for a restaurant, the app will suggest signatures the place is known for. Other features on the app include ratings, complaints that are submitted directly to restaurants and in the future, maybe even the option to place orders. But before that, Relishious will be looking at expanding to cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. And while the app is expected to go live by mid-May, Khan and his team invite you to sign up to test its Beta version. Details: blog.relishious.in
    The big update
    Meanwhile, Zomato has a few tricks up their sleeve too. After recently introducing a cashless payment system in Dubai (users can pay bills at participating restaurants through the app), the Gurgaon-based company promises to bring the feature to India over the course of the year. But first, users in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore should be able to order their meal through the app, soon. “The product will hit the market by mid-April with around 2,000 restaurant partners. Over the next few months, we are aiming to offer this feature with over 10,000 restaurant partners in India,” says Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO of the company.
    Details: zomato.com

    — Ryan Peppin

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