We tried out tastecard 2-for-1 offer in two local restaurants this month and have already saved the yearly membership value!
This World Vegan Month, we had the chance to try tastecard, a membership card that gives you deals on restaurants, takeaways, coffeehouses, cinema tickets, and family day attractions, as well as discounts at a number of retailers.
We love eating out as a family but with two hungry teenagers and different diets to cater for, it can prove expensive and challenging. While our children are invariably excited about going out or ordering in, I am always on the lookout for offers. So far this month, we have used tastecard twice to eat out locally: Blacks Burgers in Epsom and Sakura in Carshalton Beeches saving a total of £31.40. Both times, we were able to order a mixed fare of plant-based and meat dishes to satisfy everyone’s dietary wishes. To the kids’ delight, we also bought some discounted movie theatre tickets.
What is tastecard?
tastecard is a digital membership that you simply download on your phone. The app is really easy and convenient to use. The yearly membership is currently £29.99, but you can also opt for a monthly membership at £5.99. The member perks are not limited to food and can be enjoyed at a wide range of retailers ranging from clothes shops to cinemas, theatres, holidays and so on.
How does tastecard work?
Once I had downloaded the app, I was able to browse the different offers. The Dining Out section is geolocalised to your phone to instantly provide a selection of restaurants nearby including tastecard “2 for 1 restaurants near me”. You can also use the search function to find what is available in a specific restaurant or city. The dining search can be refined by Offer Type, Party Size, Cuisine, Diets, Availability and Independent vs Brand Restaurants. Once you have made your selection, you can view the discount details at your chosen venue.
To get your discount, simply present your tastecard details shown on your phone at the end of your meal. You can then record your spending directly in the app to keep track of how much you are saving.
Our meal at Sakura
After enjoying some vegan and meat burgers at Blacks Burgers in Epsom, we decided to try out one of our local Indian restaurants: Sakura. Their tastecard weekday offer includes 2-for-1 on Starters, Mains and Desserts for up to 4 people. To make it easy to select food according to your particular dietary needs, the menu conveniently labels dishes that contain Dairy, Egg, Shellfish, Fish, Nuts, Wheat, Peanuts and Soybean. Graham and I enjoyed a plant-based meal while the kids dug into prawns and chicken.
For starters, we picked Vegetable Samosas, Aloo Garlic Chat Puri and Garlic Prawns. Our mains were a Vegetable Grill Tikka, Khalbari Chana Masala, Chicken Jalfrezi and Tikka Masala Chicken with sides of Tarka Dal, Pilau Rice and various Naans.
The food was really tasty and the generous portions even managed to satisfy the most ravenous teenage appetites. I prefer mild to spicy Indian food, so I particularly enjoyed the Aloo Garlic Chat Puri (a flavourful mixture of garlic potato served with roti) and the sizzling Vegetable Grill Tikka with some creamy Tarka Dal and Chapati on the side.
Sakura offers both dine-in and take-out options. Spacious and nicely decorated, it has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The service was prompt and courteous and the food was well-presented and reasonably priced. What a fabulous mid-week treat when I could step away from the kitchen to enjoy a relaxed and delicious family dinner.
Using tastecard has been really straightforward. As each restaurant sets its own offer, I do recommend you check the conditions of the deals before heading out for a meal.
I like the fact that tastecard works with both independent and chain restaurants. So far it appears to be good value. We have already saved up more than the cost of the yearly membership in just 2 meals out and I already have my eyes on a few extra discounts we can enjoy over the upcoming months.