After a long day’s work, I usually go home to start another hour or so of work: dinner. Between my day job, cooking, and housework, it seems like I never stop moving. Eating out can be a considerably higher price than dining at home, so splurging on candlelight dinners tend to be reserved for birthdays and special occasions.
Thanks to Restaurant.com, I was able to have a mommy-daughter date on an ordinary Tuesday night. Restaurant.com offers gift certificates to eateries, but you only have to pay a fraction of the price for them. The catch is that you have a minimum spending amount that is half the value higher than the value of your certificate (meaning you pay the difference out of your pocket). Basically, if you get a $25 certificate, you’ll have to spend a difference minimum of $12.50 out of pocket when you’re at the restaurant.
Knowing I would be getting a great savings, I decided to try a new place in a ritzy neighborhood: iconic Beverly Hills. Oliver Cafe & Lounge is a unique spot, because it’s right across Wilshire Boulevard from Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney’s New York, but it’s actually connected to the Equinox gym (a work out spot for celebrities and executives). I bought a $25 certificate to Oliver for $10. I’m no mathematician, but this would mean I would be spending $22.50 for a $37.50 meal, and that is a 40% savings to me!
Even more miraculous was Oliver’s fabulous happy hour named “Chill Out Hour,” which lasted all night long. $6 Select cocktails and house wine by the glass, $4 draft beers, and an array of their best selling appetizers for $6.95 each. Sold.
We started out with an adapted Brazilian Caipirinha, made with rum and pomegranate liqueur, as well as the house cabernet by Bohemian Highway. After two appetizer rounds of brie avocado bruschetta and chicken satay, my mom and I shared the ahi tuna mignon entree, served upon a kale salad with white quinoa. All three of our courses were fresh and the sauces with each were incredible (I almost drank the peanut satay sauce, and nearly licked the salad plate). Plus, our waitress, Ariel, was an absolute doll, and we questioned if she was secretly the Disney princess based on her kindness. My only complaint was the stingy four slices of fish for the Beverly Hills prices, but the Chill Out items were all reasonably priced and a decent value.
My experience with Restaurant.com allowed me to try something new, and not spend a fortune doing it. Between the two of us, we spent about as much money as we would at the local sports bar for taco Tuesday, but had much more decadent meal in a fancy new spot!
Remember, a big bonus of this date night was being able to buy a $25 Restaurant.com Voucher to spend here for just $10. (You can sometimes snag it for even less during one of their frequent sales!) That’s pretty funny though right, “couponing” in Beverly Hills – but that’s just what we did!
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