“What's good in this restaurant? This question is often asked in restaurants to servers.
The servers tend to recommend dishes based on their personal preferences.
"Get recommendations from people who have actually been to the restaurant."
Menunote is an online menu that recommends most popular dishes in restaurants and allows users to access photos of various dishes and reviews written by millions of people across the web. When users open this web application in a restaurant, the menu of that restaurant is automatically displayed.
To make the users feel as if they are looking at the actual paper restaurant menu,
we chose to put an image of a restaurant table in the background of our online menu.
2. Filter SNS reviews
The idea of making an online menu started with a common pattern of behavior and inconvenience that we
observed and experienced in restaurants. People often asked the servers for recommendations, and the
servers seemed to recommend dishes based on their personal food preferences. We saw many customers
who ordered dishes based on the servers’ recommendations and were not very satisfied with the food. We also
noticed how most restaurants do not provide pictures of dishes on the menu. To make the process of choosing
dishes more convenient for customers and to help them find the most popular and the most delicious dishes on
the menu, we decided to build a web application designed to connect paper restaurant menus with the Internet.
To collect people's opinions on our application, we made a visual prototype and interviewed restaurant owners and customers in cafes, bars, and restaurants for their opinions. Through their honest feedbacks, we were able to learn about the customers’ general thought process. When people choose dishes, things that have the most
influence on their decision are photos of dishes and recommendations. We created another visual prototype
based on the feedbacks that we received. We asked people’s opinions on the upgraded prototype. Taking
these feedbacks into consideration, we decided to make Menunote a simple photo-oriented online menu
application that has dish reviews powered by millions of restaurant reviewers across the web.
Wireframes / Key Freatures
1. Filter dish images
Get dish images and SNS reviews were key to the Menunote.
Is the responsive design necessary?
Smart Design save both time and money. Most web applications have responsive web design, which takes a lot of time coding. To make Menunote more cost-effective and time-efficient, we design the web application so that its length-to-width ratio is exactly the same as the ratio of an iphone 5 screen. The menu will fit the computer screen vertically. A picture of a restaurant table, a design aimed to make the users feel as if they are looking at an actual paper menu, will fill the spaces left on the sides. This smart design will save time and money as there is no need to design a seperate web application.