Restaurant and Menu Search Engine

 
Restaurant and Menu Search Engine

Need: A User-Friendly Source of Restaurant Recommendations

Please note that this project was developed in 2008-2009 and the project is no longer active.

The client is a French company who needed to build an online portal where users can share their experience of restaurants in metropolitan European cities such as Paris and Barcelona. The website would be an informative portal with social networking aspects.

Users would search for restaurants, view menus, share their experience of restaurants and contribute content. The portal would become the obvious search engine of choice for someone looking for a place to eat in any metropolitan European city.

Solution: An Informative Culinary Web Portal and Social Network

User-friendliness is of the utmost importance when developing any web application and especially web portals and social networks. In these type of applications information needs to be found fast and it’s only through a user-friendly layout that more users will be attracted.

The site will be accessed through a subdomain such as paris.domain.com, so the city of choice has already been determined when the user reaches the site. From the city-specific website, the user can quickly browse restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine and features.

Combined queries can also be performed, such as “find me a greek restaurant in Montmartre with wifi access”.

Once the user has found his restaurant of choice he can download the restaurant’s menu, read and write reviews, rate the restaurant based on four different criteria, find its location via Google Maps and add the restaurant to his or her profile.

Benefits of the web portal

LiteBreeze India successfully helped the client in this web portal and social network project. As a result, both natives and tourists have the ability to easily explore new culinary experiences in Europe’s big cities.

Thanks to its usefulness and usability the site will probably grow in popularity. The client will also benefit from the scalability that the PHP and MySQL solution provides.

I have worked with Litebreeze for the past 4 months and they have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They have helped me in organizing the project efficiently and have provided effective solutions to problems at hand. Creating a customized CMS is not an easy task and the team at Litebreeze has done an absolutely fantastic job in providing me with a custom solution which is efficient and easy to use. I would highly recommend Litebreeze to anyone looking to develop web sites and web applications. I am certainly going to use them again.


- Vihan Sharma (Paris, France)
Team of developers who worked on this project: Karthik, Arif, Anzal, Sajan, Vijay