50% off food bill


Hello everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Being a blog focussed on budgeting etc discounts are always welcome.

It was my birthday two week ago and even though I’m budgeting, it does not mean that I can’t splurge every now and then especially on special occasions. Conscious with how much “fancy” restaurants cost (I mean $250pp for a degustation and still having to go on a maccas run afterwards?) and aware of my partner who is trying to save as well, I came across this website called ‘First tables’. (https://www.firsttable.com.au)

It is literally what the name says. Book the first few tables of the night at selected fine dining or even casual restaurants and get 50% off the entire food bill! (some exclusions apply). There is a catch though, you have to pay $10 up front and there may be certain time restrictions but 2 hours is plenty.

If you’re worried about the stigma of using these discounts from the wait staff there, I’m sorry that has happened to you before but usually at “fancier” restaurants they tend to remain professional. But believe me I have had people look down just because I booked using a special offer. Whatever, better money in my own pocket than theirs ๐Ÿ™‚

I told my boyfriend about the website and he went ahead and booked ‘No 1 Bent Street’ (head chefย Mike McEnearney). It is located literally on 1 Bent street and it was so good! Every dish was a stand out. I literally can not pinpoint my favourite dish but boy the chicken pate was AMAZING, and the steak, and the lamb, and the quail and the desserts… heck see everything was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

Whats best is looking around and thinking how great it is you only had to pay 50% of the bill.

But don’t go around telling everyone about this website or it’ll be impossible to book a table haha! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Below are some food porn photos from the dinner. Total cost was $120 for the two of us (including drinks that weren’t 50% off). NOT BAD.



Full priced menu


Melt in your mouth chicken pate that is scooped out from a large bowl full of pate


Roast quail with grapes


Charred leeks


Broccolini with anchovy butter (AMAZING)


Melt in your mouth lamb


Caramelised onions with melt in your mouth steak


Quince and pistachio brittle


Plum jam with rice pudding

Let me know if you’re going to start using this website from now on!



2 thoughts on “50% off food bill

  1. Dewy says:

    Oh that’s not bad. Happy belated birthday and thanks for the tips. I’ve never used the site. We don’t tend to do fine dining. With kids it’s hard as they eat a lot ๐Ÿ˜‚ plus we do quick in and quick out.
    I know Harbourside Sydney you can get two courses for about $30-40 if you eat early like 5pm or something.


  2. TheRamblingWombat says:

    Belated happy birthday too. Food looks great….. Of late I really feel that while prices have risen food quality in Sydney has gone downhill. I often wonder if anyone eats at home anymore – same here in Canberra, if not even more so here.


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