Want to go on a quick foodie getaway but no time to do any research on where to eat? Does the thought of having to sieve through and compile information from numerous websites put you off your holiday before you’ve even started? Don’t you wish for a trusted expert to tell you all the answers?
Your prayers have been answered because Expedia has come up with the Essential Food Guide to Asia. Basically, it’s a website showcasing the best food that Asia has to offer, from street food all the way to Michelin-starred restaurants. Currently cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei are featured. Simply choose the city, type of cuisine and type of eatery and a list of recommended eateries will pop out. If you click into each of the eateries, you will be able to see a brief description of the eatery, the average price, address, contact information, as well as its location via Google maps, all within the same page.
I like that the whole interface is very simple and clean. Expedia’s guide would be useful for time-strapped travellers, as you can basically obtain recommendations on where to eat with just a few simple clicks. Also, if you’re travelling to a few Asian destinations, you’ll find the standardised information format very convenient to navigate.
There currently aren’t that many eateries featured on the site, presumably to ensure that only deserving eateries get listed. With so many food guides out there, we don’t want yet another food directory. What we want is for someone to actually sieve through all the noise. Going down the path of “expert guide” is probably a smart move, if Expedia is able to deliver on its intentions.
Check out Expedia’s Essential Food Guide to Asia here.