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IPad App Using it to menu order in a Restaurant

Updated on September 16, 2013

Place your restaurant order with an IPad

IPad. Therefore I want Fish-It's only taken a few weeks and already the use of the new Apple iPad has got to new possibly unforeseen uses.

I can only imagine ordering a menu item using the IPad; Is this a new fad or what ?

Is it just a marketing ploy to give Diners something to cackle about when they get to the office? I wonder. I think it will help at least in the short term if the iPad app works well if it does not then its a disaster.Yes you have read this story is correct Diners visiting Global Mundo Tapas in the North Sydney Rydges Hotel, you’ll be presented with an iPad which runs a special menu app made for the said restaurant instead of the normal printed menu cards that you’ll find elsewhere.

This idea I know sounds crazy. What if you press the wrong button what if this or what if that. Only time will tell how efficient and worthwhile the iPad application they have for this restaurant works. Will it really make service quicker and more efficient. I remain sceptical. I mean what are waiters for? How will older people who are not computer savvy handle it ? To me it will cause more problems than they are Worthy I mean. What happens if someone puts it under there jumper and walks out with them ? but if you think about it for a minute, it is not only entertaining and interactive, but also environmental friendly as it saves trees from being killed to make paper.

  • Diners can peruse the dishes and see a picture of what the dish looks like along with tasting notes before compiling their order and sending it by wireless' signal to the kitchen.
  • The iPad menu can also suggest the best wines to go with certain dishes and suggest the best food pairings.
  • When ordering steak, users can even specify how they’d like the meat cooked and which sauce they’d prefer. It will even ask them if they’d like fries with that.
  • Mundo’s iPad menu app can also help keep track of stock levels so if certain dishes and wines sell out they will automatically disappear off the on-screen menu. It will even ask them if they’d like fries with that.

Craig Simpson, Rydges area general manager, who seems to be happy with the new idea, says the new iPad platform will enhance the dining experience. We have something that presents really well, sells our food really well and is absolutely dynamic. The iPad menu would eventually make it possible to order food based on the weather or even match dishes to a person’s mood.


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      6 years ago

      iPad menus are a great idea!

      Many restaurants today are already replacing their paper menus with the eMenu pro application.

      Using an iPad as a menu allows restaurant owners to build their menus with great flexibility, give their diners nutritional information and promote restaurant event.

      i've even seen in the eMenu pro application that you can "Like" dishes in the menu and post them to your Facebook wall! made by a company named "Conceptic" (has more than 1000 installations worldwide).

      very cool.

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Sounds like a fascinating concept. However, I believe part of the dining experience is the waitstaff. The ipad will be novel, however, not everyone will be delighted and intrigued by it.


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      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      "Note that from the restaurants point of view, someone who just delivers food is easier to train and requires less skill (and personality) than a person who has to interact with customers."

      but isnt that part of a good dining experience having people that care & are engaged in what they are dooing ?

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      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      I'd prefer placing my own order with an ipad or a terminal.

      First, I wouldn't have to wait for the waitperson. Second, they can't write it down wrong. Third, the software could let me ask for a change, complain about a kitchen foulup and even pay my bill without finding the waitperson.

      I think this is the future. Not iPads, but diner control of the process.

      Note that from the restaurants point of view, someone who just delivers food is easier to train and requires less skill (and personality) than a person who has to interact with customers.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      MPG Narratives i mean the few seconds that are saved between the device sending a email to the kitchen & employing extra staff to run the means out might be more important. Usually the issue as far as I see is not taking the order rather delivering it in a timely manner.

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ah technology, you've gotta love it. My first thought when I heard this story was, "what's stopping anyone taking the ipad home?", I'd certainly be tempted.

      As far as replacing waiters, that's just sad...many waiters actually make the dining experience at times, will the ipad explain how the dish is made or what's in it? What about people with diet issues? What about leaving out an ingredient you're allergic too?

      I agree it's a great marketing tool (and I'd use it) but there are definitely problems with it as you mention Barry.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia


      thanks for your comment. But can you? like me see big issues? What if the connection goes down. What if people push the wrong things and order the wrong things. What about the security do they hade a a irremovable security tag on the goddam things. look I think they are great but I would worry if i was the Rsaurant Owner. Icannot see them replacing a human waiter with a pen and nore pad

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      Edward Happer MSc 

      8 years ago

      Wow ... This is one heck of a marketing strategy. I would certainly fall for it. I my self am a big fan of ipad and planning to get one by the end of July. Thanks for sharing this Hub.


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