[Japanese: Kinoya Izakaya] MyPiece App

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. kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  21MyPiece 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.kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  1Meet 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.kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  13If 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.kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  3 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  17I 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.kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  4 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  18 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  19But Kinoya is really about one thing: its famous sake bombs. kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  16Sake shots are carefully balanced onto chopsticks and your sole duty is to slam your fists to make the liquor drop into the Sapporo. kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  20The staff is there to give you the Q: “sake” (he screams), “bomb”(you answer), “sake”, “bomb”, drum roll and “Kampai”! kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  65 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  7Lots and lots of fun, I guarantee.kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  11 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  9Because 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!kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  10kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  12 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  15 kinoya izakaya mtl food snob blog  14

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