Ever found yourself hungry in Soho, fearing you’ve missed the boat at Barrafina and dithering between joining the queue at Burger & Lobster or lining up outside Koya? Then you might be pleased to hear those five little words that are key to successful modern living: ‘There’s an app for that’.
New restaurant app eet, which is ostensibly just another bookings facilitator, claims to have come up with the first real-time solution for beating the queues via its ‘Availability’ feature. Using the free app, potential diners can see which restaurants in their vicinity have tables free at that moment via a traffic-light system; if the restaurant they choose accepts bookings, they can bag a table then and there.
But does it work? Well, there’s a bit of mucking about while you download the free app then surrender your Facebook details to the site in order to log in. The creators are still working on getting many A-list restaurants, and the app is currently of little use if you want to know how long the wait is at a no-bookings restaurant – which is surely the function most users are likely to need. But if a way is found to include no-bookings restaurants on the app, then Londoners will have to save their love of queuing for the bus.
By Nicola Arencibia