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 February 24, 2010
Asia's Best Restaurants On Your iPhone

 The Miele Guide has quickly become one of the most trusted resources for foodies interested in dining in Asia. It is now also the handiest, with the new iPhone application.

"One of the things that we kept hearing, from chefs and restaurateurs to business travelers and students, was that there should be a mobile version of The Miele Guide," says co-founder and Ate Media Director Aun Koh. "Even though the printed version is already in a pretty portable format, fans and friends kept saying that they wanted something they could use on their phones, and that was searchable and highly intuitive. Well, that's exactly what we've done, with the help of some really great developers."

The new must-have for foodies and travelers in Asia, The Miele Guide iPhone application provides iPhone users full access to the latest edition of The Miele Guide (the 2009/2010 edition), whenever they want and wherever they are. Users will be able to search through detailed profiles of Asia's best 450 restaurants, which include reviews and restaurant details such as website, phone number, hours and the accepted methods of payment.

Functionality and simplicity were priorities in developing this application. A range of flexible search options makes finding restaurants a breeze. Users can search by the restaurant's name, its ranking in the guide, location (city and country) or by cuisine. Calling a restaurant is just one tap away, and so too is a restaurant's website or finding it on the application's preloaded maps.

The Miele Guide iPhone application was developed by The Dumpling Dimension, Singapore-based programmers. The Dumpling Dimension excels in creating innovative apps and games for the iPhone. Jonathan Zhan, one of The Dumpling Dimension's founders, said "The Miele Guide iPhone application is the perfect resource for foodies within Asia. We've tried to make it as user-friendly as possible while also maintaining the integrity of both The Miele Guide and the Miele brands. We're also already working with Ate Media on plans to upgrade the App with more features over the coming year."

The Miele Guide iPhone Application retails at US$4.99 at the Apple App Store via iTunes. It currently provides the contents of the 2009/2010 edition. Food aficionados with a BlackBerry can also look forward to downloading The Miele Guide Blackberry application on their smart phones in June 2010.