Monday, lunchtime. Your stomach is screaming with hunger. You don’t want to splurge, but you don’t want fake food either. Here’s a little secret that will save your day: it’s called MyPiece. MyPiece is a new app that gives you local discounts in bars and restaurants based on your location.
Forget about printing vouchers and rummaging for expired coupons, all you have to do to use the app is a) open it, b) browse through the offers and c) redeem your discount on the spot at the business of your choice.
Its best feature is the business model, which won’t make you feel like you’re ripping off the merchant. Merchants also get to use the platform for free – so the gifts they’re offering you truly come from the heart.
To give it a try, I met up with the MyPiece crew.Meet Philip, the tech wizz, and Mel, the wonder-woman in charge of onboarding more and more restaurants onto the platform (#bestjobintheworld contender?). After a little agony having to choose which restaurant we wanted a goodie from (Ludger! Patati Patata! Tartare 27!), we settled on Kinoya Izakaya. Will it be a seamless experience? Let’s see.If your last visit to Kinoya was pre-2014, you need to go back. With a makeover that won a “Grand Prix du Design”, Kinoya is sure to impress with crazily shaped walls and a unique underground vibe.
Bento boxes are served during lunchtime: a generous combo of miso soup, mains and a side dish. I had the Gyutan Bento – tender beef tongue braised in a secret concoction of sake, fruits and red wine. Before you start overthinking it, just give it a try. It doesn’t look anything like tongue when served and when you taste it, it’s rich and almost buttery. But Kinoya is really about one thing: its famous sake bombs. Sake shots are carefully balanced onto chopsticks and your sole duty is to slam your fists to make the liquor drop into the Sapporo. The staff is there to give you the Q: “sake” (he screams), “bomb”(you answer), “sake”, “bomb”, drum roll and “Kampai”! Lots and lots of fun, I guarantee. Because startup people are busy people, the time eventually came to settle the bill.
We opened MyPiece, scrolled through the offers: 15% off your lunch bill at Kinoya? Redeem! The staff took note of the verification code and all was good.
Seamless experience: check.
Latest update: Kinoya is apparently giving 50% off selected dishes to new downloaders. Download MyPiece now to get a piece of the action!
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