Most of us are familiar with UberEats, Deliveroo and Foodora, but apps can be hit-and-miss when it comes to dining out instead of home delivery. We take a look at five of the best apps for people who eat out regularly.
Vivino Wine Scanner
Vivino is a pocket sommelier. Take a photo of a wine label or restaurant wine list when you're at dinner and it instantly returns ratings, reviews, average prices, tasting notes and even suggested food pairings. If you're impressed by a particular wine you can also tap a button to have it delivered to your door.
Avoiding awkward moments is key with Groupee, an app created in Sydney that's standing up to no-split-bills policies and letting groups divide and conquer (although restaurants have to be signed up to the service for you to use it). Bills are split between groups with each person charged to their registered credit card. It's quick and straightforward, but there's a 2.5 per cent charge for the convenience.
Currently available in more than 500 restaurants across Melbourne and Sydney with plans to expand to the rest of Australia, Liven is positioned as a lifestyle app for people who love to dine out. Users quickly and easily pay their bill through the app and in doing so earn 25 per cent of it back as Liven dollars, which can be spent at any other Liven venue. A quick swipe also lets you donate a percentage of your Liven cash to charity.
A app for commuters who don't like queues, Skip lets you order and pay for food and coffee up to 30 minutes in advance. Place an order before you leave the house or on the way to work, then pop in and grab it from the counter on your way through. Skip also doubles as a discovery tool by suggesting cafes in the area and lets you store electronic loyalty cards.
Share the Meal
Launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in 2015, this app capitalises on social media boasting by allowing people to lay a filter over food snaps with the note 'this picture fed a hungry child'. Create teams, set challenges and fight hunger with your mates – all it takes is a single tap to donate 50¢ (the cost of feeding a child for one day) towards one of WFP's initiatives.