Review of oTAG : restaurant and food discovery app for Android


We tried out a new restaurant and food discovery app- oTAG. See how this app performed in our review, what all it offers and if it is a good application to find the best restaurants in your present location.

Imaging taking your loved one to a lunch or dinner in a new city and having your whole dinner experience ruined by the bad food served there! This should definitely not happen whether you are with someone or are just firing up your own appetite. oTAG is an app that promises to power your hunger search engine, provide you with the best restaurants and reward you when eating there if you decide to check-in.

oTAG is an Android app by BlotCanvas which uses the location service of your smartphone to provide you with the best option of restaurants nearby you. The biggest difference you will find in this app and other comparable services is that it does not have a section for user reviews. oTAG accepts reviews only from famous critics which means that you depend on professionals to select the best restaurant rather than sorting through fake reviews.

Another major difference between Zomato and other such services and oTAG is Check-In Offer. It means when you use oTAG you don't get the "x% off when you come the next time" nonsense, rather, as soon as you check-in on the app, you get discounts during the same visit itself.
Restaurants on oTAG
Let's look at the main features of oTAG:

  1. Location based discovery - It uses your smartphone GPS based service to find your present location and list you the nearest restaurants. This means you see only relevant results. It also makes your navigation easy by showing you the way on Google Maps.

  2. Check-in feature - Check-in using the app and share your location with your friends so that when the next time your friends dine in that location they know the eating places you have gone and can consult with you before choosing the right restaurant.
    Check-in on oTAG

  3. Special offers - With oTAG you will be kept updated about the offers in the restaurants and you will also get offers from the app itself. For instance you are awarded your loyalty with a restaurant by the Patron offer where you get a different offer compared to normal check-in offer.

  4. Critics review - oTAG has right now tied up with the famous food critic from The Hindu - Osama Jalali to review the restaurants and these reviews will be highlighted in the app restaurant listing. In future it might even get more critics to provide you with the best professional reviews.

  5. Hot favorites - Restaurants can highlight the specialities of their restaurants which means users know before hand what the place specializes in and can try out those treats.

  6. Happy hours - Restaurants can have Happy Hours where they can provide discounts or offers to attract customers. These Happy Hours can be for a special occasion, weekly or everyday during particular hours.

  7. Other features - You can bookmark your favorite restaurant, get its mobile number or

Easy filtering of restaurants


The Genie section of the app provides you the option to filter restaurants on the basis of vegetarian - non vegetarian, cost, mood (dine-in or takeaway) and genre (buffet, fast food, Italian, Seafood, Chinese, etc,.). You can even check if the place has Wifi, proper parking, allows smoking, is kid friendly or not and more!

Checkout the video to know more features and tips to useoTAG


Wrap up


oTAG is definitely a recommended app if you are looking for fine dining in areas you are not aware about good fooding places. Not only if provides you contact details and price of the food items at the place, but also keeps you updated about the latest offers, happy hours and provides you fill navigational ability to the restaurant using Google Maps.

Pros : Depends on professional critics reviews to rate restaurants, has a lot of features to aid your search for good restaurants and finding its location, has amazing filtering capabilities to find just the right restaurant

Cons : Normal user reviews might not be trustworthy but still provide valuable information to users which are sometimes more useful, restaurant description and special items are written by the restaurants themselves which does not give true picture about the quality and best food items.

Visit to download oTag for your Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blotcanvas.otag


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Comments

Author: Timmappa Kamat22 Mar 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

That should be the awesome review of an awesome app. We no longer have to depend on the user reviews. User reviews sometimes tend to be too biased. Since this app offers you the reviews from experts and professional critics who know the field to the best possible level, it becomes more trustworthy.
Your simple and lucid style adds to the refreshing nature of the review and the app.

Author: Aman22 Mar 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Thanks for such a great update on a great applications. It is surely going to help those people who had just shifted their house in any other area. They can use this applications to know about the restaurants around them. They will not need to ask other people for getting an information on the restaurants around them, they can simply use this application to know that.



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