It’s December and Christmas is snowballing in fast so if you and your other half want to squeeze in some quality time together before the family swoop down, a bargain meal out for two might be just the answer. Last week I wrote a post about a meal bargains in Sydney, so this week it's the turn of the Melburnians.
Below you will find a few of the best meal deals available right now, sectioned in relation to the daily deals website they're advertised on (Scoopon, Living Social and OurDeal). I’ve outlined the details of each offer as well as described why exactly I believe they offer such great value for money (e.g. customer reviews, discount levels) compared to other online restaurant deals in Melbourne.
SCOOPON – 10 Course Riverside Teppanayaki Feast
Our first contender today is from Scoopon with their gut-busting 10-course Riverside Teppanayaki feast at Kobe Jones (Siddeley Street, Docklands). Stuff yourself to the brim for only $69 per person, which is discounted by over 50%. There is also an option to upgrade for more Wagyu beef and baby rock lobster tail for $84 per person.
To view the entire Kobe Jones Riverside menu click here, otherwise I have provided a short breakdown for you below:
Course 1 – Crab salad stuffed with avocado
Course 2 – Cauliflower and cheese soup
Course 3 – Wagyu Shi Chu goujons of wagyu beef
Course 4 – Sashimi, that day’s finest selection
Course 5 – Hot mushroom salad
Course 6 – Seafood selection of crab, prawns and scallops
Course 7 – Citrus sake sorbet
Course 8 – Tenderloin and slipper lobster
Course 9 – Steamed rice and red and white wine miso soup
Course 10 – Crepe suzette
Your Scoopon discount is valid from the 23rd November 2015 to the 23rd February 2016, but those of you smart cookies already thinking about Valentines, basically don’t. The discount voucher is not valid on Valentines Day or at lunchtime on Saturday or Sunday.
If you enjoy a peaceful setting and a quiet meal then the best time to go is during the week when the restaurant isn't as full. One customer said the views over the river are fantastic and for a quiet dinner for two it’s a harmonious setting. If you prefer the hustle and bustle with a background of jumping flames then Friday and Saturday night will be more suited.
What Customers Thought
The Kobe Jones riverside restaurant has a solid 4 star rating on tripadvisor. A number of customers noted that when arriving with a Scoopon deal voucher they were treated with the same professional and respectful manor as any of the other regular customers. The portions can appear small at first glance, but numerous diners were quick to point out that each course is a delectable compliment to the other and that the sheer volume will ensure you don't leave feeling hungry. Finally, the majority of customers praised the freshness of the food within the 10-course meal and particularly enjoyed watching the professionals cook if in their usual dramatic teppenayaki fashion.
The Price without a Scoopon Deal
- 2 people: $240 (vs $138)
- 4 people: $480 (vs $276)
LIVINGSOCIAL – Tasty Junction Indian Restaurant
If you love Indian food, then Livingsocial have an excellent Indian dinner banquet for two costing only $29 (or $55 for four diners) at Moonee Ponds. This discounted meal deal consists of 8 dishes and is a BYO drinks establishment. The LivingSocial voucher for this offer is valid until the 26th January 2016. To view the restaurants a la Carte menu click here, but to give you a quick glimpse of what's on offer see the courses below:
Course 1 – Samosa per person
Course 2 – Mixed vegetable pakora per person
Course 3 – Chicken tikka per person
Course 4 – One meat curry to share
Course 5 – Vegetable curry to share
Course 6 – Saffron rice to share
Course 7 – Plain naan per person
Course 8 – Gulab jamun dessert per person
The restaurant has a BYO policy, which many customers loved due to the fact that they could bring their own wine with a nominal $2 per person corkage fee. Whether you're a meat lover or a vegetarian, the restaurant has received gleaming reviews from customers who felt that Tasty Junction appealed to both types of diners, whether you were ordering off the a la carte menu or taking up the LivingSocial restaurant deal.
What Customers Thought
I personally read all reviews on the Zomato website and couldn’t find a single negative comment about the food or service. 95% of the reviewers commented on the tantalisingly tasty food which they enjoyed at Tasty Junction, whilst the remaining spoke of the excellent service, great value for money and staff going above and beyond to help accommodate either large parties (18 people +), or offering to make special request dishes if the menu didn’t have what a customer was looking for.
Prices without Livingsocial Deal
- 2 people: $77.40 (vs $29)
OURDEAL – Wine Tasting, Pizza and a Drink for Two
This is our budget option for the couples out there looking for a cheap but enjoyable meal together. The Essendon Wine Bar should make for a fun evening out for two where you will both be able to taste 5 different wines, eat any pizza off the menu and have a drink to enjoy afterwards, all for only $19.
The Essendon Wine Bar voucher expires on the 16th April 2016 and is not redeemable on Sundays, Monday's or Tuesdays (only because those are the days that they're not open).
The restaurant plays the top 40 hits from 11pm on a Friday and Saturday night so if you plan to eat late, it’s a great time to put that wine to good use and have a little boogie on the dance floor before you head home. The bar is open until 3am. If you have any doubts about wines, you can ask their in-house sommelier for advice, or if they don’t have a wine that you like, you can request it for the next time you visit. Additionally, patrons are welcome to try their free wines (usually a choice of 10-15 on Friday to Sunday evenings).
What Customers Thought
Plenty of customers spoke very highly of this wine bar's service, whilst others said that they were pleasantly surprised at how their meal turned out to be great value for money. Customers were also impressed with the waiting staff’s knowledge of local vineyards plus the selection of over 130 wines, both national and international along with local, craft and overseas beers too. A few customers left complaints online, however all the ones that I read were very brief and didn’t provide enough detail for me to fully understand what they were complaining about specifically. Basically, no red flags to warn you about with this establishment.
Price without the OurDeal Voucher
- 2 people: $50 (vs $19)