Shanghai foodies unite! After almost a year in the game, Shanghai-centered Bon App is taking social to a whole new level, rolling out a brand new feature that not only helps you discover great deals at fabulous restaurants, but can also help you make some new friends along the way.
The bilingual platform for foodie-generated content in Shanghai has got thousands of downloads and a dedicated following of hardcore foodies who use the app to rate, review and share their favorite restaurants. Now, it wants to connect this community together, in real life, with some actual social interaction.
The new “Meet” feature allows you to easily take a seat alongside a table full of foodies with similar tastes at a favorite restaurant to enjoy exclusive deals for some delicious food and conversation. Sounds pretty neat, right?
Here’s how it works
Simply download the latest version of Bon App. Click the new “Meet” button, front and center. Then scroll through the calendar of upcoming Meet events. We’ve played around with it and can say that it it is sleek and easy to use. You can check out exclusive set menus for tasty-looking group dinners and even stalk the lovely people you’ll be dining with.
Each dining event has a set date and a limited number of seats. To book, diners simply pre-pay in app via Alipay or WeChat Wallet (more payment options coming soon). You can buy one or more seats for an event. If you buy them all though, it kind of ruins the point.
Apparently we aren’t the only ones using this neato new feature because many of the offerings are already selling out. But don’t worry, the calendar is still stocked with delicious options. Here’s a quick taste:
- A Global Chinese Family Meal at the new concept restaurant Sweet & Sour that features globe-spanning options like Mongolian Lamb, Cantonese Roast Duck and Banbanji Chicken. Price: ￥148
- A small group meal at Remedy 365 that promises to be both healthy and hedonistic, featuring savory options like Grilled Norwegian Salmon and Moroccan Style Braied Lamb Shank. Price: ￥200
- A premium New Zealand seafood dinner at the brand-new and highly-rated Fix Cafe & Lounge Bar, featuring a range of gourmet options all paired with a New Zealand wine to beautifully complement the fresh seafood flavors. Price:￥580
But you should definitely check out some of their other Meet options for yourself and give it a shot. You’ll get great food at a great price and probably even meet some great people you wouldn’t otherwise in the process. Bon appétit!
Download BonApp on the App Store or GooglePlay.