Another story about London today and, if you want to pop out for a meal tonight, you’ve got quite a selection to choose from. Not only that, but finding a restaurant with a free table can be a challenge. A new app called Uncover will let you find a quality restaurant and book a table quickly.
All restaurants on the 150-strong list are curated by the team of “enthusiasts and self-confessed foodies” and, once you open the app, you’ll be presented with a range of restaurants based on your location. They include local gems alongside Michelin-starred destinations too. Full details of the restaurants will be detailed and you’ll only see those restaurants with available tables. It’s a quick and easy solution to eating out last-minute. However, if you want a bit more detail there’s a customer service team on hand for any questions you may have.
David Saenz, Founder and CEO, tells us..
On average one restaurant launches every other day in the capital. With so many new and existing restaurants, it is harder and harder to find one you know you’ll like, and that’s not to mention how long you need to wait to get a table. We wanted to create a single resource that solves the restaurant industry’s need to fill empty tables resulting from cancellations, no-shows and slow nights, as well as consumers’ desire to explore all of the amazing restaurants London has to offer.
The app is available for free on the iOS and will be coming to Android in the coming weeks.
Get the full details below.
NEW APP UNCOVERS LAST MINUTE TABLES AT LONDON’S HOTTEST RESTAURANTS
Uncover helps Londoners discover and book top restaurants in seconds
LONDON, 27th January 2015 – Uncover announces the launch of its ground breaking new app that allows Londoners to discover and book last minute tables at the capital’s most in-demand restaurants.
Created by a team of technology enthusiasts and self-confessed foodies, Uncover works closely with London’s most exciting restaurants and leverages state of the art technology to deliver same day table availability to users in real time. The pioneering new app allows customers to book lunch and dinner at the city’s trendiest hotspots, neighbourhood gems and Michelin-starred classics like Gymkhana, Yauatcha, Tramshed, Lyle’s, Merchants Tavern and Kitchen Table.
Uncover, which secured £1 million (1.5 million USD) in seed funding, curates a shortlist of restaurants – from its current arsenal of more than 150 – with available tables based on geo-location and user preferences, allowing users to secure a reservation in seconds. In selecting its restaurants, the Uncover team read all critic and blogger reviews for London restaurants over the past 5 years, and considers only the top 10% based on quality of cuisine, ambiance and desirability for the app. Before a restaurant makes it on the list, the team personally test-drives each one to ensure the food and experience meets the standards expected by customers.
Founded by David Saenz, Dan Ziv and Christopher Steinau, the team behind the app has worked for leading technology companies such as YPlan and has extensive experience representing tech and hospitality clients in New York and Israel. This knowledge has helped shape the strategy and technology behind the app so that it answers two objectives – to provide a quick and engaging booking process for consumers to discover and reserve the restaurants they want and a seamless, easy to use solution for restaurants to maximise profitability.
Christopher Steinau, Founder and Head of Marketing at Uncover said, “The diners’ experience is at the heart of everything we stand for. We want to make booking the best restaurants at the last minute a seamless experience, and help people to discover incredible places they haven’t heard of yet.”
“Essentially we are flipping the traditional last minute booking process on its head. Instead of the user having to do all the work to find an available table at one of London’s best restaurants, the team and technology behind Uncover does the work instead”, added Dan Ziv, Founder and Head of Product at Uncover.
When users open Uncover, they are greeted by a shortlist of restaurants with available tables and all the information they need to make a quick, good decision. Clear, beautiful imagery, concise descriptions and recommendations on favourite dishes convey the personality of the restaurant, and there is a dedicated customer service line to offer a human touch in case users have any questions. For those who want to discover somewhere new, unearth the best place for a romantic meal or a business lunch, or impress friends with a booking at the latest hotspot, a quick tap on the discovery section reveals restaurants according to different needs and themes.
As one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, London has undergone a restaurant explosion over the past few years, culminating in a 2014 restaurant opening bonanza that’s seen the highest rate of openings on record1. A total of 147 eateries opened their doors in 2014, only adding to the huge variety of places to choose from, and with restaurant goers dining out 3.72 times a week, that’s a lot of time spent on deciding where to eat.
David Saenz, Founder and CEO said, “On average one restaurant launches every other day in the capital. With so many new and existing restaurants, it is harder and harder to find one you know you’ll like, and that’s not to mention how long you need to wait to get a table. We wanted to create a single resource that solves the restaurant industry’s need to fill empty tables resulting from cancellations, no-shows and slow nights, as well as consumers’ desire to explore all of the amazing restaurants London has to offer.”
Uncover is now available for iPhone on the App store. The Android version is in development and will be released early 2015.