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Top five restaurant dining tips & tricks

Perfect dining out with top tips by professional restaurant goers

Instead of squeezing your budget for your next big meal, here are some restaurant hacks to stretch your dollar at a posh restaurant.

Winestone prawn rigatoni
Winestone prawn rigatoni
Winestone beef tenderloin
Winestone beef tenderloin

Tip #1: Order dips, ask for complimentary bread

Let’s take the example of Winestone, an award winning modern-European restaurant at Mercure Singapore on Stevens.
The restaurant appetisers baba ganoush or hummus are served with freshly baked Lebanese bread and are available at S$8.00 per serving. 
Ask for extra complimentary bread rolls! At Winestone, it’s a bonus as bread rolls are also served with premium olive oil and dukkah, an Egyptian fusion of nuts, herbs, seeds and spices. 

Fresh, warm Lebanese bread and mouthwatering hummus at Winestone, Mercure Singapore on Stevens

Tip #2: Dine on weekdays

Restaurants often peak on weekend evenings, opt for a week night and discover extra promotional deals. At Winestone, there are deals every week night. 
Tuesday – fine de claire oysters at S$1.99 per piece
Wednesday – free bottle of rosé for every 4 ladies
Thursday – 1-for-1 cocktails 
The benefits of dining on weekdays? Enjoying fine de claire oysters on promotion
The benefits of dining on weekdays? Enjoying fine de claire oysters on promotion

Tip #3: Order platters for variety, sample the menu

With additional guests comes additional dietary requirements. Order a variety of cheese platters, meat platters and seafood platters as a starter to sample the menu. 
Taste something that you admire? Order more of that particular item for the party! 
Something for everyone.

Tip #4: Hunt for bundle deals

Having alcohol in your meal can add up to the final bill real fast. Go for a liquid buffet for your bottomless pit guests with predetermined drink packages. 
At Winestone, enjoy 3 hours of free-flow wines from S$28.00 per person. Premium options with champagne and cocktails are also available. 
Eat, drink and be merry with Winestone's free flow wine package. For a more luxurious night, try the champagne and cocktails option.

Tip #5: Celebrate birthdays for a free dessert

While making your reservation, leave a note to tell the restaurant that you’re celebrating a birthday! This is an unspoken tip but most restaurants will prepare a small gesture for your party. 

Enjoy luscious chef’s special cake at Winestone for your next celebration! 

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