My 2011 Entertainment Book has finally expired. I’m not sure if I was going to buy the new 2012 edition, although it’s true I always do get my moneys worth out of the book.
I find that the book offers some great value meals at reasonable establishments and is probably a better bet than buying coupons from ever so popular internet websites offering such deals. It only costs $65 for so many restaurants/accommodation and other entertainment options to choose from all the while donating to a cause that is worthwhile.
My theory is that restaurants in the Entertainment Book are carrying on business like usual and when you present your voucher, it just so happens to give you 25% off or a buy one get one free main. The menu doesn’t change, the service doesn’t change and you’re just a usual patron just with special benefits.
It’s not the same with online coupons because often the meals/deals are special one off things created for the purpose of pulling in customers and are only available during the coupon period. The fact that you have to tell them you’re using a coupon before they service you makes me feel like what you get could be less/worse than usual customers as they don’t get any money from you on the day (all paid for beforehand) and they are offering you something that they make less money from. Obviously this is not always the case. I did have a wonderful time with a horse riding coupon in Daylesford, although I also had a pretty bad experience at the accommodation lodge (also a coupon). There’s always the good and the bad.
One of the last 2011 Entertainment Book experiences I had was at Reuan Thai in Mount Waverley. It was one of the best deals I had from the book and without doubt we had a great experience there. The service was just average but it wasn’t a classy place so I didn’t expect too much in that respect, the food on the other hand was fantastic. The meals are not expensive and with the voucher, it was even greater value.
There were 3 of us that night, Yuye, Yuye’s mum and myself, so we ordered 2 dishes and a soup with rice to share. The first dish we ordered was the chicken green curry. It’s my favourite dish and it’s something we always order.
The dish was a little watery compared to some other Thai restaurants we’ve been to but it was very tasty and the rice did its job soaking up all the wonderfully aromatic and spicy curry sauce.
The second dish to make it on the table was the chicken tom yum soup. I love tom yum as I really enjoy the spicy-sour flavour combination. That’s one of the reasons why I love Thai food so much. Reuan Thai didn’t fail to impress with this soup as it was perfectly sour and tasty and was packed with good ingredients.
The last dish, and probably my favourite dish of the day, was the special chilli basil duck stir fry. It was a vibrant, fragrant and visually appealing dish. I loved the crunchy fried basil leaves and fresh tomatoes which gave it a refreshing and healthy feel to it. The duck pieces were tender and juicy and of course, all the ingredients complimented each other perfectly.
We also ordered a few drinks which I wasn’t too sure about. The staff did try to garnish them and make them look prettier, but they tasted very artificial. The drink on the right is a coconut juice while the one on the left was meant to be a sugarcane juice which sort of tasted like Mountain Dew.
Each main costed roughly $15-18 and with the discount of 25% off total bill, the total came to around $35, which is just over $10 per person. That’s value that you can hardly get in shopping centre food courts these days!
Apart from the drinks, the meal was fantastic. The location is close to home and the staff are friendly. What more can I ask for? Maybe I should buy this year’s Entertainment Book to find great discounts like this one and use it as a way to try new restaurants as well.
Question time: Do you usually buy the Entertainment Book or do you have something similar in your home town that you use? What do you think of it compared to online coupon websites?
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