Is GST hindering you from enjoying a meal out and a few drinks after a long day at work? The good news is, you could still enjoy savings on your F&B bill if you know how. Buying vouchers from group buying sites is one way, but there are some things about these deal websites that I am not too fond of:
- The deals are not as appealing as they used to be. You see repeated deals by the same restaurants
- The deals are difficult to browse and filter (by location, cuisine type)
- Usually a one to two days reservation is required, walk-ins only applicable to a few deals
- Need to present vouchers upon payment (either scanned or digital copy) – staff needs to verify them and that takes time
- Deals will expire, and you also have to pay upfront
- Many other limitations, such as voucher is only applicable for food, not valid for certain dishes, limited to use x number of vouchers in a single visit and etc
And then there’s OffPeak, a website where customers can book to enjoy discounts at various restaurants almost every day for every meal. Unlike group buying sites that force restaurants to give up most of their profits, OffPeak serves as a platform to fill up their empty tables during less peak hours of the day such as 2.30pm and 4.30pm – you get the drift. Here’s how it works.
Upon opening the mobile app, it shows me the available discounts around me. But we were not in the mood to have our dinner at Kepong, so I searched if there’s any discounts available in Bukit Bintang instead.
It’s as easy as entering the date and time you’d be having the meal, then filter by the food type (halal or not), restaurant name, cuisine type and location. Among the search results returned, Fisherman’s Cove appealed to me the most and as you can see, the discount amount varies in different times. After my booking was done, a confirmation email of my booking was shown and was received in my email almost instantly.
Here’s the equivalent process if viewed on their website. You are able to choose the number of diners here as well. One of the best beauties about OffPeak is that you could even make a reservation 10 minutes ahead, as long as the restaurant’s tables allocated for OffPeak are available.
When you arrive at the restaurant, simply mention that you have booked using OffPeak and you should be able to find your name on their reservation list. Then everything else that follows is just like a normal lunch or dinner.
Well, Fisherman’s Cove is not exactly cheap but the prices are reasonable considering it’s located in Starhill Gallery. Main dishes cost between RM50 to RM200 depending on the type of seafood.
My dining partners had the Oven Baked Fillet of Wild Barramundi with Ratatouille @ RM73 and Char-grilled Salmon Trout with Corn Kernel and Roasted Mushroom @ RM80. The Barramundi was seasoned simply with sea salt and was baked to a crispy perfection while maintaining its moist and flaky texture.
There’s nothing to fault about the salmon as well. It was nicely cooked and as peculiar as it might sound, topping it with corn kernel actually works here by giving it a subtly sweet flavour.
My Spaghettini Pomodoro @ RM68 was a light tomato-based seafood pasta that was accompanied by generous portions of fresh tiger prawns, squid, clams and mussels. At first I thought the flavour was too light for my liking but tasted better as I went along.
In total, the bill cost us RM221 but because there’s a 15% OffPeak discount, we only needed to pay RM187.85. That savings of almost RM30 is definitely worth the 3 minutes time I used to make a booking with OffPeak.
And of course not all restaurants participating in OffPeak are as expensive as Fisherman’s Cove. In fact you could find many more affordable options in Klang Valley, such as Sikit Atas, Cafe 9 and Mizuiro Ramen.
LG10, Feast floor, Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur