Google Lens helps you choose the best dishes when browsing restaurant menus in Maps

Again at Google I/O 2019, the corporate introduced just a few new options for Lens that can assist you once you’re eating out. One in every of them is the power to level your digicam at a bodily menu and get dish suggestions and critiques powered by Google Maps. Whereas this specific function does not appear to be stay (at the least for me in Lebanon), an analogous one is displaying up in Google Maps. The app now enables you to scan uploaded photographs of menus and get all the data you want about every dish.

The function depends on Maps content material from contributors who’ve already uploaded, tagged, and reviewed dishes at a restaurant. By merely detecting the dish’s title within the menu, Lens can affiliate that with the present critiques and pics and level you towards that content material, so you do not have to dig within the 1000’s of images from a spot or search in critiques to search out whether or not a platter is value ordering or not.

To strive it out, open a restaurant’s itemizing in Maps, go to the Menu tab (if it exists) then View menu, and faucet the pages. As soon as opened, you may discover a brand new Discover dishes bubble on the backside with the Google Lens brand. It scans all the menu with Lens and highlights all of the detected phrases and dishes. Within the screenshot beneath on the proper, you may see at the least two of the dishes (Ensalada Vallarta and Tostada Salad) have been correctly recognized. Tapping the meals icon (fork and knife) reveals all different Lens modes, together with translation, textual content choice, and purchasing; these could possibly be useful if the menu is in a international language otherwise you need to know extra a few particular ingredient.

Left: “Discover dishes” Lens bubble in Maps’s menus. Proper: Recognized dishes, plus different Lens modes.

In sure menus, a platter is likely to be highlighted with an orange star, denoting a preferred merchandise. In any other case, tapping any of the recognized dishes in Lens’ outcomes reveals extra photographs taken by diners on the similar restaurant, their critiques of it, plus extra common associated searches and pics. If a dish is not correctly detected, you may nonetheless spotlight it and get common photographs of it (not from this specific restaurant), to raised know what to anticipate.


Left: Well-liked dish. Center: Extra data for recognized dishes. Proper: Looking an unidentified dish.

It is a good first step to assist diners choose the perfect dishes in a restaurant, nevertheless it nonetheless requires customers to open the Maps itemizing and search for the Lens bubble on the menu picture. Hopefully, it will come to the stay digicam viewfinder, the place folks normally work together with Lens, so you can merely scan a menu together with your cellphone and get all this data with out opening Maps first.

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