The Sunday Herald Sun included a lift out guide to what it claimed were “Victoria’s 100 best restaurants”. It was based on OpenTable‘s work (OpenTable are, like Dimmi, in the restaurant reservation business). TripAdvisor owns Dimmi and Priceline (owners of, amongst others, Booking.com) apparently own OpenTable. Why there’s a need for intermediary sites, I’m not sure, but they seem to be prospering, and ultimately we’re all paying the bill as the sites clip the ticket on each transaction. But that’s a discussion for another day.
I guess a lift out guide in a Sunday newspaper isn’t quite that same thing as the Good Food Guide, but there’s clearly no room for complacency is this fast-moving cyber dominated world.
And, by the way, if a restaurant doesn’t avail itself of OpenTable’s reservation service, does it still qualify to be included in the listing? A scary thought.