HungryGoWhere is a Singapore food review website that also does home delivery.
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Slowly Losing Its Soul
I feel odd reviewing the HungryGoWhere site. Partially, this is due to it having been my writing platform for years. Having been among the top regular contributors to the site over the last few years, I've seen the evolution it's been through.
HungryGoWhere was started by a trio of passionate foodies in 2006. Tan Yung Yih, Wong Hoong An and Dennis Goh gave up comfortable and stable jobs, and dived into the unknown, working out of a borrowed office space.
The idea was to have a channel where diners could easily find eating establishments based on their preferences like price, cuisine or location, and provide feedback as well. Furthermore, operators of such eating establishments could connect with customers directly through this channel, and even advertise their services.
The idea didn't take off. By 2007, into their second year of business, the founders were living on borrowed money, and barely making ends meet. Though they went door-to-door to sell restaurant owners on their idea, many didn't believe that it would work, as this was in the time before facebook and social media.
They eventually brokethrough, by advertising restaurant promotions on the front page, and connecting with their online community. Then restaurant owners started to take notice of the site.
HungryGoWhere was bought by Singtel in 2012, effectively making the founders millionaires within just 6 years.
A major problem with HungryGoWhere that has plagued it from the start is trolling. It's seemingly a place where people go to vent their frustrations with a particular outlet or establishment, and objective and honest reviews are few and far between.
Ever since they were bought by Singtel, some of the useful features on HungryGoWhere have been dropped, like the ability to filter by price. Also, more advertisements now adorn the front page.
Several notable food bloggers have used HungryGoWhere as a platform to help launch their sites into the mainstream as well, including ladyironchef.com and misstamchiak.com
Good place to find out where to eat!
I always like to use Hungrygowhere to find out what places to eat because I enjoy exploring new cafes and restaurants and with the numerous filters in place such as whether you want a halal restaurant western cuisine restaurant to whether you want a cafe or restaurant and price ranges, you are almost always getting the place that suits you the most. Users' reviews also make you know what are the best selling dishes at each restaurant. The reviews not only tell you about the food but also the ambience and the service of the eatery giving a very comprehensive understanding of the eatery when deciding whether to eat there or not.
However, my iphone application always crashes when I choose the filters recently and also, some reviews by users are not what I feel after trying out the place.
Outdated at times, but still a trusty guide
HungryGoWhere is an application on my iphone that I look to whenever I'm looking for a place to eat at a certain part of the city. All I have to do is type in the location I am at, or even search for the location, and a list of all the eateries and restaurants will appear. Upon clicking, photos, reviews, the price range as well as location of the selected eatery or restaurant will show, making it convenient and easy to find a place to eat. Alternatively, you can search for the name of the eatery and the locations will appear.
However, it is sometimes outdated as some restaurants are no longer opened in certain locations hence it would be unfortunate should you go there and realize the restaurant is no longer there.
Unreliable at times
Sometimes I really hate netizens. It always seems like they have something bad to say about everything, and HungryGoWhere is no exception to this. HungryGoWhere is a local food reviewing website, but as of late, it seems to have turned into breeding grounds for trolls.
I have witnessed netizens bashing a particular restaurant so completely, and they seem to be exceptionally good at blowing things out of proportion that it manages to deter potential customers from a good restaurant.
My family dragged me off to a restaurant once for a meal, and right before that I'd checked out HungryGoWhere for reviews regarding the place, and the way the reviews described the place, you'd think that it's only fit for maggots to dine at. The restaurant turned out to be amazing, and ever since then I've been pretty disgusted by HungryGoWhere.
Still, there are some reviewers that give honest feedback about which dishes to try at particular restaurants, but it can be a little hard to discern who the trolls are. Perhaps best used as a mere gauge, but no more than that.
Good for all food-loving Singaporeans!
Me and my parents are huge fans of food. Every week, my dad will bring my family to somewhere unique to spend some quality time together. Most of the time, I will rely on this website to look up for good eateries to visit. This website is very reliable, as most of the reviews provided are honest and accurate.
I can fondly remember Hungry Go Where providing a review for this Japanese restaurant called Rakuzen. The reviews given were that the food was rather pricey, but the food served were of tip-top quality. We decided to trust the reviews and gave the place a try. The food and service was impeccable, but it was rather expensive, with the meal costing about $300 for my family. Since then, I have relied on the site heavily for good reviews and I would recommend all food lovers to give that site a try too!
Not very helpful
Well first of all the app color does not match my homescreen so not cool bro.
Nah I'm kidding, I love red. So anyway, I've tried to use the app. I regularly know exactly what to eat and where to eat and my friends thank all their lucky gods for that, but there are occasions when I'm too irritated to decide and I thought this would be it.
As it turned out, my app got stuck at the location setting. It didn't work and subsequently it crashed. I didn't bother using it since. My friends are phone idiots apparently so none of them could tell me much about it either. I ended up at the mall's directory so it worked.
Maybe I'll try it next time.
HGW, now i know!
This also comes in an iPhone app in which food fanatics or the ever adventurous can download. Don't know what to eat for dinner? Search HGW and let others tell you!
Wouldn't it be great if you knew what to order and not order at a restaurant? No need to waste any more food or calories anymore, one can heed the majority of people's opinion of a certain restaurant or dish. How convenient.
One can also share their food experiences with others to bring joy to everybody in Singapore. Eating is joy, and joy must be shared. To eat is to enjoy, so dig in!
The HWZ of food
Similar to HardwareZone, you can find practically any topic here. Only difference, the main focus is on food. When you are looking for the latest eatery or just something notable to chow on, you might just chance upon this website, and find out from our resident foodies what to expect. Sounds good?
Problem is, the Internet is a scary place where everyone thinks he's the authority of everything, or a simple troll. I have witnessed self-proclaimed 'experts' on the website trolling and badmouthing certain establishments, giving them a bad reputation when I had excellent service and fare there when I visited them. It's an unreliable forum, where nothing is to be trusted.
In my opinion, you can use it as a rough guide, but take everything you read with a pinch of salt. Apparently, Forlino is a place where hoodlums socialise and smoke in the restaurant. Right....
used to be better
When HWG first came out, I felt it was a great resource. There was not a site like this in Singapore, and their name is so catchy, perhaps even better sounding than TSLs. Then it started to get more and more commercialised.. when i go to their site what i see is their promoted deals, not where i can find good food in singapore.
After insing bought it, its slowly being going downhill. The navigation system changed and its hard to find places. I also read some people saying they reviewed high profile restaurants and had their reviews deleted without any reason by HGW!
It is still useful for address locations cause when i goggle stuff HGW always pops up as one of the first results and the address details are usually accurate.. but i dont read any of the reviews on that site and I guess many Singaporeans have lost trust in them too.