Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Entertainer App: Loads of Buy One Get One Free Deals in Dining, Wellness, Entertainment and Travel! See My Experience At The Disgruntled Chef

Guys, you have to check out this app if you love to dine out, entertain, travel or indulge in spa/fitness services. The Entertainer is loaded with "buy one, get one free" deals that could help you save a bundle on those costs. Well, okay, in my case, it's tempting me to spend more, cos the deals are just too good. And there are hundreds of them!

There's a book version too, that's how they began. But the app is free (with option to unlock more vouchers).

To be very honest, when I first heard about The Entertainer, I was a little skeptical. It just sounded too good to be true, and the marketing cynic in me was sure there had to be some caveats here and there. Only when I actually got a copy of the book (thanks, Edmund!), did I realise the deals were real, and pretty straightforward - everything is buy one, get one free - valid 7 days a week with virtually no restrictions. And it features well-known brands in the range of merchants, so that makes it even more attractive.

The Entertainer Singapore edition
Look at how thick the book is! Vouchers galore! And all of them 1-for-1 deals! Yes, the book costs S$95, but carries over S$70,000 worth of vouchers. If you dine out with a group of eight and pay only for four, you can easily already make back more than what you paid for the book.

The mobile app (for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices) that they launched last month is even better. The free trial version itself is pre-loaded with some offers (rotated monthly) that you can use immediately, and you can find more in the full app (at just S$57, you get the same offers at 40 per cent less than the physical book).

How the Entertainer App Works from The Entertainer on Vimeo.

The app makes sense for something like this. It is even easier for you to search and redeem your offers. And you don't have to lug the book around, wonderful and hearty as it feels.

Here's the app on the App Store. Just do a search for "The Entertainer" and you'll see it.

The Singaporean edition currently offers vouchers from more than 250 merchants. Currently, these offers listed are valid until 30 November 2013, so download it quickly if you want to try it. I think there will be different offers in December.

These deals also include ‘buy one room night, get one free’ hotel offers in 125 hotels located throughout Asia and the Indian Ocean.

So you get ‘buy one get one free’ main menu items from the likes of The Disgruntled Chef, Hummerstons, Bedrock Bar and Grill, Pelican Bar and Grill, b@Rochester, Buyan, Yantra, Brunetti, Coq & Balls, Hard Rock CafĂ©, Esmirada and Marriott Wan Hao Chinese restaurant; or enjoy two complimentary tapas when ordering two tapas from Bodega Y Tapas. Alternatively, enjoy a ‘buy one get one free’ Xtend Barre class at Upside Motion, or, for the thrill seekers, they can receive a ‘buy one get one free’ GX-5 Extreme Swing Ride at G-Max Reverse Bungy.

All you have to do is present the app at the payment stage, key in your PIN code and get the restaurant to key in theirs. Then the cost of your second main course (the one of same or lower value) will be off the bill.

I tried it out the app today at the Disgruntled Chef. It was so easy. And the staff were well-briefed on the procedures. 

Vegetable Chips tossed with garam masala, and served with hummus dip
Vegetable Chips tossed with garam masala, and served with hummus dip ($8)
I took the kids with me today, as a school holiday treat. Chips are always a good starter to keep them settled in and busy. But these were a bit overdone, I think. Should have gone for the fish skin chips instead.

Crayfish Macaroni and Cheese
Crayfish Macaroni and Cheese, gratinated with cheddar and cream sauce (S$16)
From the small plates section, a pasta dish that not only went down well with the kids, but the adults too. I really liked this comforting rendition, with conveniently deshelled crayfish.

From the mains (aka the big plates), we had...

Miso Roasted Cod
Miso Roasted Cod, served with sauteed mushrooms and baby spinach (S$38)
This is one of their signature dishes. Tender fish slathered with a sweetly savoury miso paste. Everything right down to the spinach and mushrooms scored a yum from the kids!

Smoked chargrilled ribeye
Smoked Chargrilled Ribeye, US Choice 500g (365-days corn fed) beef served with port wine sauce (S$98)
My kids don't usually fancy meat. But they relished this with the sauce. I was pretty surprised. It's a really large portion, so the restaurant was kind enough to let me pack home half the dish.

Crackling suckling pig
Crackling Suckling Pig, with honey and clove sauce (S$68)
I could not resist adding on the order of suckling pig, which I had heard was good. It takes 45 minutes preparation time upon order. Well, it is not bad, but it doesn't help that I've been recently spoiled by Catalunya's version which comes piping hot and dramatically chopped with a plate right in front of you. More on that later. Mmmh.

The Entertainer app even has a Savings section which will tell you the amount you saved on your meal. If you have more than two mains, then the one with the lowest value will be deducted from the bill.

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Food photos taken with the Canon 5DMkIII kindly on loan from the Canon Singapore folks

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