Monthly Archives: July 2013

Best Restaurant Buffet Deals in Singapore – July 2013 Edition

Planning to arrange for a dinner or lunch get together with friends? As you search through various restaurants and food joints to make it an enjoyable experience, that too without burning your pockets badly, know that there are some deals and vouchers available to make the process exciting and enticing for you. Some of the prominent restaurant buffet deals that are exceptionally good and lip smacking are provided here to help you decide better.

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Big Deal brings for you a lucrative scope of savoring the best of seafood items at the recognized restaurant of The Orange Lobster at Orchard Central. Get to enjoy their A La Carte Buffet for an amazing rebate rate of $26.50 instead of the usual price rate of $70.62. Gorge on the unlimited all you can eat buffet of sea food at this award winning lobster porridge signature restaurant that makes eating out pocket-friendly and within budget limits. To avail this food deal at its best, you need to make prior appointment and reservation with the restaurant through voucher redemption process. Applicable on all days for both lunch and dinner, you can even get to avail unlimited vouchers as per its validity and availability.

As per the terms and condition of this deal, you cannot exchange or intermix it with any other options available in the restaurant. Moreover, once the voucher is redeemed, there is no scope for cancellation later. From appetizers to desserts and mouthwatering dishes, here is your excellent opportunity to savor the best platter of seafood items in low rates.

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If Japanese cuisine is your choice of food to satisfy your taste buds, then Deal.com.sg has the right deal variety for you to check out. Just for $29.90, you will be allowed to a lip smacking and tantalizing Ala Carte Buffet of Japanese dishes at the KOME. From the diversities of Salmon Sashimi, tempura prawns to soft shell crabs, you will get it all here in this unbeatable low cost that is hard to miss. Adding more joy to this deal, you can bring your below 3 years kid also for a free-dine facility.

Open for buffet of two hours, this voucher can be redeemed as per the rules of the deal which states that this voucher is not applicable on weekends and other public holidays. In case of wastage of food, you will also get charged of $5 fine against each 100 gram of food.

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Thirdly there is the food deal from StreetDeal where 2-in-2 Korean food buffet is served for only $16.99. Including delectable dishes such as the roaster and ginseng chicken, steamboat, shark fin soup, scallop chicken rice, fresh bird nest beancurd and chili crab, this deal is available everyday till 6am and is also inclusive of taxes.

You need to, however, reserve your deal in the restaurant in advance as it is existing only on the basis of availability. With this voucher redemption, you can utilize it for two people at a time only even though it is available unlimited for gift purpose.

Buffets not your cup of tea?  Find many more dining deal options that allow you to try the many delicacies Singapore has to offer!

Landscape Lookout – Daily Deal Sites in Singapore – July 2013 Edition (part III of III)

Check out parts I and II where we profile the other daily deal sites in Singapore such as Groupon SG and DEAL.com.sg.

If you are in search of some great deals, Singapore is a country that has it all. Here are some of the biggest names that you should check out for exciting vouchers and deals in affordable rates.

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StreetDeal - StreetDeal brings for you some amazing travel deals to Singapore which is perfect for both corporate and personal vacation tours. Exciting and enjoyable with a unbeatable low price tag, this company brings some of the best voucher deals in Singapore and Malaysia. From travel, beauty products to activities and event, this organization is a well-recognized and prominent name in Malaysia. To make your trip more enticing, make sure that you check out StreetDeal regularly or you may miss out on some excellent offer. With this company ruling largely, it has put up a steep competition in order to make the deal market of Singapore less monopolized. It is however suggested that the company should also implement a strategy of looking for other markets for selling their deals besides hoisting expensive billboard signboards and radio or TV commercials. This is where smaller companies have outdone them.  

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Voucherlicious - Another prominent name in the deal market of travel and tourism is voucherlicious that has been around for some time now. They have some of the best quality and quantity of deals to compare with the big names in the industry like Streetdeal and Groupon. However the flipside of this company is that people have not heard of them from the aspect of marketing. Though lately they have created a special section to add in more boosts and push their inventory of product deals. One is yet to see if their condition improves later this year to be counted as a notable name in the deals market of the country.

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Nicedeal - Yet another deal company that has carved a niche in the Singapore market is Nicedeal. The fascinating travel deals from Singapore to different other places such as Bangkok, Batam and more are perfectly designed to give you a seamless and hassle free tour experience. The company might not be a regional leader in Singapore, but their presence keeps most Singapore deals companies in check.

Apart from these most widely known deal companies in Singapore, there are several more that are equally competing in the market to get a better hold among customers. Some of these names include the following:

  1. MoxDeals: This discount coupons company is one of the many offshoots by Telecom companies. MoxDeals is a division of Aglow Alicom, which is based out of Germany. For the domestic market, Mox Deals appears to do well in the field of Fitness & Beauty. MoxDeals also sells a reasonable number of deals to generate profits from their website under their telecom banner.
  2. ShoppeTreatz: ShoppeTreatz was launched in the middle of the year 2012 and they have around 20 or so live deals on an average. The special feature of their deal is that they cater more to women because their offers span various kinds of spa treatments and other pampering choices to the various kinds of designer handbags like the Kate Spade label.

What are your experiences with the daily deal sites mentioned above?  Have you bought something from them and were happy?  unsatisfied?  Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments discussion!

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Deals-Singapore or any of its associated entities.

Singapore Daily Deal Review – Xcape Real Escape Game

$14.90/Pax for Admission to Xcape Singapore purchased from BigDeal

Xcape is located at Purvis Street, opposite the National Library. It isn’t very difficult to locate the place because it is situated right along the same passageway as Saveur the restaurant. Even though the game station is based on level 4, directory could be found the moment you enter the building, arrows and sign boards will direct you to the lift.

Directions on the steps upon entrance

Directions on the steps upon entrance

I was expecting a really messy, LAN gaming center kind of environment before this trip. But of course, I was wrong. The place was brightly lit, everything was neat and tidy, the staff were smiley and friendly, and even the air smells great! Before starting the game, house rules will be explained to you and lockers will be provided for you to store your bags and belongings as phones and cameras are not allowed within the game premises.

Clean & tidy shop

Clean & tidy shop

Free mini games on table to play while waiting for turns

Free mini games on table to play while waiting for turns

We chose the game – ‘Whisper of the Dead’ which has a level 4 difficulty rating. The game room is really worth praising. Every detail; wallpaper, lighting, crops, decoration and music were really well done. 10 mintues inside the room, we were already sucked into the game, busy fliping boards, torching painting portraits hanging on the wall with UV lights to source for clues on paintings, wearing 3D glasses to look for clues. Every room is bound to surprise us with a new device, technology or crops that you can never image to really exist in real life.

Bulletin board filled with pictures of all gamers.

Bulletin board filled with pictures of all gamers.

There is no need to worry about ghosts or any thing jumping out suddenly to scare you. All the game rooms are purely based on searching for clues and items to assist you in breaking the codes and unlocking doors to the next stage and ultimately out of the room. It was a pity we were stucked in the final stage and wasn’t able to complete the game within the given period of 60 mintues. It is advisable to form a group of 4 to participate in the games to quicken up the searching process. Personally, I believe that Xcape would be a fantastic place for people to bond, perfect for a family’s day out or gathering activity for friends. Everyone will be guaranteed a memorable day.

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If you are sourcing for interesting and valuable daily deals in Singapore, Deal Singapore is the place you should be visiting. Xcape’s non peak charge is $22/pax, but with this fun and entertaining daily deal it’s only $14.90/pax! This is one deal that is worth investing in, I am definitely going back to experience the remaining games.

Rating – 5/5 stars

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This daily deal review was posted by Adeline Tan

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Landscape Lookout – Daily Deal Sites in Singapore – July 2013 Edition (part II of III)

Let’s continue our look at the daily deals sites in Singapore by profiling 4 more today, the sleeping giant Groupon Singapore, medium sized players JuzToday & MoxDeals, and small upstart ShoppeTreatz.

If you haven’t read part I yet, be sure to check it out here.

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Groupon SG – Ah the world dominating Groupon, who hasn’t heard of them?  In fact Groupon is so synonymously known throughout the world that it is often confused with the term “daily deal”…  kinda how people call tissues “Kleenex”, even though the latter is just a brand.  The most interesting fact about Groupon in Singapore is that they actually don’t have as much of a stranglehold on the region as in other parts of the world.  Give local companies such as Deal.com.sg and AllDealsAsia a big pat on the back for the strong competition they have put up, to make the Singapore daily deals industry less of a monopoly.

A strategy that Groupon should employ is to look for other places to market their deals; that is besides putting up expensive billboard signs and TV/radio commercials.  This is one area where some of the smaller players have been able to do better than them – return on investment or what’s referred to as getting the best bang for the buck.

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JuzToday – JuzToday has been around for a while and like Groupon, they suffer from the same problem, just (no pun intended) on a smaller scale.  They have the quality and quantity of deals to compete with other bigger daily deals sites such as Plus Big Deal and Streetdeal, but I just haven’t seen or heard enough about them from the marketing aspect.  Most recently, they’ve opened a JuzMarket section which helps push their ever growing inventory of products deals.  Let’s see if they make that extra marketing push in the 2nd half of 2013 to put them in the upper echelon of daily deal sites in Singapore.

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MoxDeals – One of the many daily deal spin-offs done by Telecom companies, MoxDeals belongs to one of the e-commerce divisions of Aglow Alicom Pte Ltd, based out of Germany.  For the Singapore market, Mox Deals seems to be able to source well for Health & Beauty daily deals.  While MoxDeals will probably never be a regional leader in Singapore, their presence keeps the large daily deal sites honest.  At the same time, MoxDeals seems to be selling a reasonable amount of deals to keep on reaping whatever other beneficial gains they get from running a daily deals division under their telecom empire.

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ShoppeTreatz – ShoppeTreatz is a smaller daily deals site that was started in mid-2012 and on average they have about 20 or so live deals.  Their deals are catered more towards the ladies ranging from spa treatments to Kate Spade handbags.  While the majority of their deals are attractive, I seem to always have trouble loading their web pages quickly.  This kind of user experience will turn off some shoppers so it will pay for them to look into make their website top-notch, to go along with some of their already exciting daily deals.

Join us next week for the last installment of this edition where we’ll review the on-goings of NiceDeal, StreetDeal, Voucherlicious, and Whee!

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Deals-Singapore or any of its associated entities.

Singapore Daily Deal Review – 4 & A Half Gourmands

Only $9.99 For 3 Martinis or Margaritas purchased from Plus.Bigdeal.sg

Four and a half Gourmands on Hong Kong Street is a strange little space that feels too enclosed to succeed as a restaurant/bar hotspot, in spite of its central Clarke Quay location. Its roadside al fresco dining area may provide a more promising proposition, perhaps on days where one is not strangled by the unholy trifecta of heat, humidity and haze, but truthfully speaking, were it not for the “3 Martinis/Margaritas for $9.90” I had purchased, 4 ½ would never have been on my wining and dining list.

The choices that were advertised were strawberry, lime and lychee for either cocktail, with the additional option of espresso and chocolate for the martini range. I’m all about drinking dessert, so I was palpably disappointed when the wait staff informed me that only the fruity options were available. I had a strawberry martini that was solidly all right (especially for the price) but my two companions’ lychee margaritas were quite insipid. It could just be that martinis are far harder to mess up than margaritas, but I have tasted far, far worse (and far, far more expensive) drinks on this island.

We had the option of ordering an order of truffle fries for $5 (between $1 or $2 off the normal price) which we took up, and we ordered some other dishes to supplement this – Vietnamese chicken wings, garlic prawns, shepherd’s pie, quail’s egg wontons and Wagyu beef cubes (between $5 – $7.50 a dish). These appetizers ranged from pretty delicious to thoroughly lukewarm and finally, a pointless waste of money.

The truffle fries were good for fries, but truffle fries are like fry royalty, and come with imminently high standards. They were tasty, but the seasoning lacked either enough truffle oil or additional seasoning, and weren’t anywhere close to as pungent or addictive as truffle fries are supposed to be.

The meat appetizers were the highlights of our meal. South East Asia sure does a mean deep fried chicken wing, and the Vietnamese wings put on an excellent showing – when I was a child I had a Thai domestic helper and she made my favourite chicken wings in the world, and while these didn’t come close they reminded me of my childhood in all its glory, succulent, and perfectly fried. The Wagyu beef cubes were moist and good, if conservatively portioned (and they did look rather sad sitting quietly on the limp lettuce leaves).

Garlic prawns, quail's egg wontons and Vietnamese chicken wings.

Garlic prawns, quail’s egg wontons and Vietnamese chicken wings.

The quail’s egg wontons were just intriguing; what a bizarre idea, encasing quail’s eggs in wonton skin and deep-frying them, but then again, perhaps anything wrapped, presented as a dumpling and deep fried can’t go too far wrong. I liked them, although I still can’t wrap my head around them.

Quail's egg wontons - surprising, but good.

Quail’s egg wontons – surprising, but good.

The shepherd’s pie was pretty abysmal, with the thinnest layer of meat I have ever seen, and topped with processed, powdered cheese that shouldn’t be allowed near a pie. And the garlic prawns, well, they should speak for themselves visually, small, sad little things beached on a lonely plate that only seems to get larger the longer you look at it.

Shepherd's pie, drizzled with obviously canned cheese.

Shepherd’s pie, drizzled with obviously canned cheese.
Garlic prawns, passable but frankly I would have passed.

Garlic prawns, passable but frankly I would have passed.

I did, however, enjoy how quiet the place was, and my friends and I had a really nice, laid back evening. Furnishings-wise 4 ½ tries to be a classy place, with a monochrome colour-scheme, lush sofas and designer seats, but has too much going on, coming off as classy for a KTV lounge at best. (It doesn’t help that its neighbour, Fragrance Hotel, is in clear view of its patrons.) I would recommend sitting near the window and facing the street to alleviate the claustrophobic feeling of the interiors somewhat.

The bar for bar food in Singapore really isn’t set very high, but if you avoid my mistakes (the shepherd’s pie, prawns) and go for 4 ½ ‘s simpler, greasier offerings, you might have a reasonably enjoyable night that is, at the very least, affordable. It’s a pity that its Hong Kong Street location will never amount to a legitimate drinking hole, on the strength of its bar alone and the pokey-ness of the interior space, otherwise its decent bar food menu might be quite a boon. That said, they do advertise an alcohol buffet deal that I may return for, if I want to get plastered really, really desperately.

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This daily deal review was posted by Janice

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Landscape Lookout – Daily Deal Sites in Singapore – July 2013 Edition (part I of III)

As a frequent buyer of daily deal discounts, I figured it would be helpful to give others a periodical profiling of the various daily deal sites that are in Singapore, their status, and the quirks of the offerings that they present.  At the moment, it appear that the daily deal websites in Singapore are undergoing a consolidation, with the number of operations jumping to as high as 72 during the peak of 2010, reducing to 39 in 2011, and even less so in present day.

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AllDealsAsia – The most interesting part about All Deals Asia is that they are an aggregator first, but also offer a healthy diet (usually 200+) of their own deals.  They have a strong diversification of their deals and are particularly strong in the food & restaurant deals and short destination travel daily deals to Batam & Bintan.  Since inception in 2010, they have undergone a round of investor funding already so they definitely have some staying power in Singapore’s Daily Deals industry.

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Best Bargain – Established in 2012, Best Bargain is a relative newcomer to the Singapore daily deals marketplace.  However, at 300+ deals strong, they’re certainly looking to make a big splash.  With the major competitors already established since early 2010, it’ll be hard for Best Bargain to break into the market.  However don’t count them out as they’ve certainly been able to source some quality deals so far; with the right marketing strategy, they could climb right into the upper echelon in Q3/Q4 of this year.

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Plus! BigDeal – These guys are a subsidiary of NTUC Link who run a successful consumer loyalty program in Singapore.  They are experts when it comes to knowing what makes consumers tick so they definitely have that aspect of their business locked down.  Like many daily deal sites in SG, BigDeal serves up deals in abundance, usually close to 200 to be exact.  They have been around for awhile but haven’t changed much, so it certainly looks like their website is due for an overhaul sometime soon.

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Deal.com.sg – Outside of Groupon SG, perhaps one of the most successful if not the most successful daily deals site operating out of Singapore is deal.com.sg operated by DealGuru holdings.  In 2012 they held the largest share of the group buying market and with the heated competition in 2013, will be hard pressed to repeat the same feat again.  Thus far this year, the number of offerings from them has decreased to an average of 150, but the quality and usefulness of their deals remain high.  They have been particular strong through the years with their dining discount deals, and this has lead them to branch out to other services such as Dealivery. Deal.com.sg is also looking to expand their deal empire to Malaysia with MyDeal.com.my, a successful daily deal spin-off.

What are your experiences with the daily deal sites mentioned above?  Have you bought something from them and were happy?  unsatisfied?  Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments discussion!

Join us next week as we look at 4 more daily deal companies: the sleeping giant Groupon Singapore, medium sized players JuzToday & MoxDeals, and small upstart ShoppeTreatz.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Deals-Singapore or any of its associated entities.