Dianping or Meituan might be the first destinations for most price-sensitive Chinese peoples when they are looking for a nice restaurant to dine out. But for visitors to Shanghai who can’t read Chinese or are willing to pay a little bit more for a nice dinner, IndugeSmart might be a better choice.

IndulgeSmart is an English-language app made and used locally, helping people find restaurants and bars by location, cuisine or price. IndulgeSmart differentiates itself by being specific and intelligent: instead of giving users undifferentiated restaurant info, as Dianping does, IndulgeSmart deletes the irrelevant ones, such as restaurants that are too far to travel from current positions, while users’ dining preferences, price ranges and dining history are stored in their personal profiles, to narrow down the recommendations to three to five items.

Moreover, most local restaurant rating site users are Chinese, whose tastes might be very different from those of foreigners. IndulgeSmart will give reviews on restaurants from foreigners’ perspectives. It also supports the sharing of restaurant info with WeChat friends.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.