For the past 7 months, I've been trying out this thing called working. By trying out, I mean that there's been zero room for anything else in my life, and this includes this blog and my poor cat who now hates me
|My terribly mannered cat trying to filch a cube of chicken.|
I used to succumb to the monotony of 참치김밥 (tuna kimbap) or whatever for long stretches where trying new places seemed like a lot of work. It's strange how a sudden fear of commitment would wash over me as I kind of tried to check out the exterior of a place I was kind of interested in trying out. But with ajummas waving at me and trying to get me to come in, I would usually smile weakly and keep walking. What if it sucks? What if it's expensive? How do I minimize restaurant letdown when operating off this completely inefficient system of hit or miss?
So, MangoPlate was born. It's a mobile app, and it aims to help you discover more places to eat and better places to eat. Discovery is streamlined into one place - the restaurant feed. Because MangoPlate is tied into Facebook, users can see where their friends are eating and what they think of the place. They can upload pictures, and review restaurants.
But MangoPlate isn't solely about discovery of cool, new places to eat. We've invested months in building an extensive database in both Korean and English with individually verified locations, contact information, and restaurant details.
Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can follow us on Facebook to get inside tips on some really amazing places to eat in Seoul. We're still in our open beta phase, but it's possible to download the app and test it out. We always welcome feedback; it makes us better so you can find food better. Wanna be able to look that ajumma straight in the eye knowing her fried squid is gonna kill it? Download our app and start eating better. Let me know what you think!
PS - Right now, we are only available for download for Android phones through the Google Play store. We are currently developing the iOS version, and it should be ready soon...I'll let you know :)