Score discounts on surplus food from some of Dubai’s best cafes and restaurants

Dubai is full of options when it comes to eating out. We’re practically spoilt for choice with all the good restaurants dotted about the city but, unfortunately, with all that choice can also come a lot of food waste.

That’s a problem that Bon App hopes to tackle. Rather than letting good meals go to waste, Bon App has teamed up with a number of cafes and restaurants around Dubai to offer excellent deals on surplus food.

Through the app, restaurants can list unsold food and offer discounts of up to 60-per cent to anyone willing to come in and collect. Sadly, there’s no delivery system in place like Deliveroo or Uber Eats, but we can’t complain too much considering the excellent value.

They’ve got some great outlets on board, too, including Circle Cafe, Joga, Pret To Go, The Raw Place and many more. The app is location-based, so it will only show you restaurants within your immediate area, and we found a decent amount of options nearby to the What’s On office in Media City – your mileage may vary depending where you live.

How does it work?

The process is pretty simple: once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be presented with a list of participating restaurants in your area.

Each restaurant will list what (and how many) meals it has available including the discounted price and the time you’ll need to collect your food by.

Select what you want to order and pay in-app using your credit or debit card. You’ll be given a unique code that you’ll have to physically present at the outlet, where you’ll have the option to take-away or dine-in.

You can then feel free to bask in the smugness of having helped minimise food waste whilst enjoying a delicious cut-price bagel.

Seriously though, we feel it falls nicely in line with the thoughtful ‘waste not, want not’ spirit of Ramadan which kicked off last week.

Bon App is free (with In-App Purchases) and available now for iOS and Android smartphones.

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