BabelMenu an app developed to eliminate once and for all the embarrassment that sooner or later everyone happens to try once seated at a table abroad. Instead of looking forward to the incoming food, a quick glimpse of the menu projects us into a world of dishes never heard of, indecipherable ingredients with an unknown taste. This can also happen to people who know the language of the country in which they are located.
To solve the problem, BabelMenu contains a full-bodied database of about 1,500 dishes and various dishes. Each presented with a dedicated card, in most cases accompanied by a close-up photo of the dish or dish. Just a quick look at the tab displayed by BabelMenu to check if it is a spicy dish, with high cholesterol content, if it is a dish suitable for a vegetarian diet or if it is finally a bomb loaded with sugars. All this without reading anything but simply observing the 4 smileys shown at the top right: green in color and with a smile if everything is ok, on the contrary red or orange and with a frowning mouth if one of these parameters deserves attention from the 'user.
Once these general indications have been verified, BabelMenu also offers a description of the dish, listing all the main ingredients. The well-designed, easy-to-use and graphically appealing interface. To discover what we will eat, once the app is launched, we have three different search systems available.
The first according to the categories, then choosing for breakfast, drinks, appetizers, soups, white meats, first courses and so on. Once the desired category has been selected, a list appears that we can scroll with the finger containing all the dishes for that section: another tap and we are inside the monographic tab. The second system searches for the Complete List which displays on the iPhone and touch screen a complete alphabetical list of all the dishes and dishes in the database.
When we are abroad, we can use the third tool, namely Free Search. At the top with a tap we select the desired language among Italian, French, English and Spanish depending on the menu that we are facing. At this point, just enter a few letters of the dish or the mysterious ingredient and BabelMenu offers a list of all the items in the database in which the term or the letters entered are contained. In this way we can for example discover the true identity of an English Scones, an Enchiladas Yucatecas and much more.
Final thoughts BabelMenu is a well-made program, equipped with a captivating graphic interface: it provides the user with an impressive database: the developer indicates for accuracy 1,496 cards for dishes and dishes including 1,300 with photographs. Nutritional indications are available for about 500 dishes but the number is expected to grow with free updates. The translation function and the search tools allow you to quickly know the true identity of the dishes and dishes, even when the menu in our hands contains terms and names never heard. We note that the database contains a substantial number of Italian dishes: our cuisine practically all over the world and is not always presented with the original names in Italian. With BabelMenu we can easily trace the ingredients and the identification of the original dish, in any case the developer is already planning a substantial update that will integrate another 300 international dishes
BabelMenu is a tool that we highly recommend to users who are unfamiliar with the names of the dishes and dishes in the process of traveling abroad. The database entirely stored in the iPhone and touch memory, so no Internet connection is needed. BabelMenu also works on iPad in the execution mode in a small window in the center of the screen, or with the 2x adaptation to enlarge the original iPhone and touch screen to almost entirely occupy that of the tablet. A few days after this review on the App Store an update will be released containing the correction of typos and spelling errors, while an ad hoc version for iPad has already been programmed.
BabelMenu proposed on the App Store for 2.39 euros.
Pro Tabs of about 1,500 dishes and dishes Photographs and nutritional indications for different dishes Well-designed and easy-to-use interface
Versus Few dishes and foreign dishes