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Cyber Monday – App Review: Roundmenu

The term Cyber Monday was coined to mark the Monday after Black Friday that companies used to encourage people to shop online.  Our Cyber Monday column here will highlight spectacular online finds, blogs we love or just our general love for all things digital.

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Cyber Monday – Issue 9 – Roundmenu

It’s no secret that I’m a big foodie and exploring Dubai’s newest haunts is one of my favorite pastimes.  However, when you start eating out a lot, both your waistline and wallet feel the effect. This is where Roundmenu comes to the rescue!

Roundmenu is a service (both available via the website and a mobile app) which collates a list of all restaurants in Dubai, with special discounts on certain restaurants that can vary from 20-40%.  You can browse restaurants by location, cusine, or theme. When you’ve settled on one, just make the booking directly via the app and head off to the restaurant where the bill will automatically be adjusted.  In return for the service, Roundmenu deducts an AED 5 booking fee via an SMS charge from your mobile phone balance.

I tested out a promotion at Bombay Bay JBR last week. It was a last minute dinner plan so I made the booking about an hour before we headed over. The restaurant called to confirm the booking and at the end of the meal, the bill was adjusted for a 30% discount without any questions asked!

Admitedly, Roundmenu isn’t the only way to get a bargain on a meal. A lot of credit cards (especially Mashreq Bank) have great dining promotions but I always forget to redeem the promotion during the meal. Cobone and other group-buying sites do great deals but more often than not, I’ll puchase a deal and forget to redeem it prior to the expiry date. On the otherhand, I’m never without my phone and it’s also nice to see the selection of restaurants nearby.

If you’re a foodie or end up eating out fairly often, do check out Roundmenu to get a good bargain. And perhaps you’ll then need the My Fitness Pal app to count those calories!

The Roundmenu app is available for FREE in the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World for immediate download or you can log in to make bookings directly on the website.

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