Archive for January, 2013

Online service of the week: restaurant reservations at

January 15th, 2013 No comments

The description for the home page of in Auckland has changed recently to describe real time online bookings:

“Auckland Restaurant dining guide to the best restaurants in Auckland City… with photos, menus, restaurant reviews, book online real-time

The first thing we tried in order to test out the online booking feature was to find the service in their main menu.

There is no option to do it directly from the main page, instead, you need to locate the restaurant first.

For locating the restaurant, we clicked on the ‘Asian’ style at the ‘Restaurants by Cuisine’ section in blue.

Asian cuisine is one of the options to limit your search at menumania

Asian cuisine is one of the options to limit your search at menumania

This returns a list of Asian cuisine restaurants, however when selecting a lot of them there was still no option visible for an online booking.

We managed to find it in one of the restaurants.  The listing contained the ‘Make Reservation’ icon in them.

The restaurant we found: Degrand Thai Restaurant has a 'make reservation' option

The restaurant we found: Degrand Thai Restaurant has a ‘make reservation’ option

A restaurant directory that has the ability to book online is a unique service.

What is left for MenuMania to do is to either provide the list of restaurants with the booking ability available from the main menu, or display this flag whenever restaurant lists are displayed.

It would also be very helpful for MenuMania to produce an Android application as only an iOS application is available at the moment.


Online service of the week. News stories from Arab Bank Palestine

January 4th, 2013 No comments

The news section of the Arab Bank in Palestine contains items that are both relevant to the bank in Palestine such as updates related to branch changes as well as reproductions of press releases from other banks in the group.

News releases exist as far back as six years and it is also available on the Arabic version of the website.  News stories are available from the bank’s website.

News headlines section for

News headlines section

This is a timely way to communicate to both custmers and stakeholders

Other relevant sections in this website

A branch locator, including main Palestine as well as West Bank and Gaza (use the branch locator form on the left hand side of the main page, the ‘Search Center’ section)

Financial statements of the Arab Bank group in general. Select ‘About Us’ from the main menu and then ‘Financials’