Being a complete foodie myself, earlier I find it very difficult to keep track of all the food joints available in my locality but thanks to this wonderful website, I don't have to do it any more.
FoodieBay.com is a very unique and a promising startup which currently has a database of over 1200(and counting) restaurants and food joints from all over the Delhi and NCR region. The concept is similar to SeamlessWeb.com which offers similar services in US. The website has been neatly compiled and categorized according to the localities.
The brains behind FoodieBay.com consists of a group of four IIT-D lads namely Deepinder Goyal: IIT Delhi alum, batch of 2005; Pankaj Chaddah: IIT Delhi alum, batch of 2007; Anshuman Fotedar: 3rd yr student, IIT Delhi; Piyush Taneja: 2nd yr student, IIT Delhi.
With their sheer hard work and constant help from other IIT alums, this site is going bigger and bigger day by day.
Where the FoodieBay has scored all the stars in their glory:
I am really impressed with the content of the site. From actual scanned menu card to directional maps, from reviews to detail ratings, one can find everything here.
The site also offers discounts on few selected outlets and for it you don't even have to become their member. The reviews are nicely written and provide a quick overview about the restaurant. To order food, contact details of each restaurant are provided. When you become a FoodieBay.com member, you'll be constantly updated about new restaurant listings and new services by the means of a newsletter.
Before searching for a restaurant, you can apply several search filters. You can sort out a restaurant according to the prices, cuisines etc.
Each listing under the feature tab also includes, whether the restaurant does home delivery, what the average cost for a meal for two would be, whether credit cards are accepted or not, whether liquor is served or not etc. A user can write reviews, rate restaurants & restaurant owners can even upload their menus sitting at home.
The database is updated frequently, adding up nearly 20 new restaurants per day and checking up already added restaurants once in every four months.
A word of caution:
Blame it on their strategy or an effort of keeping the website down to earth, FoodieBay.com don't take into account upper class restaurants like the one which can be found in five star hotels. This will limit a class of users to access the website. Also special offers and packages are not listed on the website.
Instead of giving out contact details, they can introduce an option to order food right from the website itself; it will greatly boost their usage.
Along with taking ratings from the Times Food Guide and the HT City Food Guide, they should take opinions from food critics and other reliable sources.
In and all, I really like the concept and the service of FoodieBay.com and I will certainly wait for them to cover various other cities as well. So if you are finding it difficult to search for a nice restaurant for throwing a party, just log on to FoodieBay.com, they have all the answers of your queries.