Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Seven Reasons To Use Uber For Riding To Restaurants

If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).

In recent weeks, we've relied completely on Uber to take us all across KL & Selangor, visiting restaurants from the city centre to the suburbs. Riding with Uber's drivers has been a brilliant & beneficial experience - so here's why we're endorsing Uber as the way to travel to your next eating escapade.

1. Uber is reliable.

When you're really hungry, or when you're heading for a business lunch appointment or for dinner with friends, the last thing you want is to be late. Rain or shine, you'll find Uber drivers all over the Klang Valley throughout the day (& all the way till the wee hours) - so a pick-up should only be a few minutes away.

It just takes several seconds to summon a friendly driver through Uber's app; once the ride is confirmed, you'll be able to track the driver's movements en route to you. Then simply hop into the car when it arrives & you'll be whisked to your restaurant!

2. Uber puts you in the best mood for a nice meal.

Uber makes for comfortable rides - sit back & relax, without needing to spend energy on driving yourself through KL's traffic. Take a nap. Or get the driver to play your favourite radio station (or connect to your Spotify account for your favourite tunes). Drinking water is available. You'll arrive feeling refreshed & recharged, ready to focus on your meal - with enough energy to take as many Instagram photos as you want of the restaurant & its food!

3. Uber makes parking no longer a problem

Usually, we dread visiting restaurants in neighbourhoods like Subang's SS15, Damansara Uptown & Kota Damansara, since parking's a never-ending problem there. But with Uber, there's no reason to avoid the many excellent eateries in those areas, or your favourite cafes in shopping malls & office buildings where parking can cost a lot. Uber can drop you at your restaurant's doorstep & pick you up when you're ready to go - no need to waddle all the way back to the parking lot on a full belly!

4. Uber gives you extra time to enjoy your meal.

Sometimes during lunchtime, we check our inbox on our phones & sigh at the work-related emails that keep streaming in. This can stress us out & make us feel like leaving to get back on the job - which means no dessert (boo!). But we've found that Uber makes us more efficient & saves us time. Without having to drive, we can spend time in the passenger seat replying emails, making phone calls & being productive, freeing us up for a precious extra 15 minutes of having our cake & eating it too!

5. Uber gives you the human connection to discover where to eat.

Most Uber drivers will welcome you with a cheerful greeting when you step in, but they'll leave you to your thoughts after that - unless you feel like chatting. If you do, you may find your driver to be a treasure trove of valuable information about gastronomic gems you haven't discovered yet. Uber drivers come from all over town - so they might very well be able to direct you to your next great food find. Thanks, Vincent - we may just check out that curry laksa in OUG!

6. Uber gets you back home safely.

At the end of the night, you may have spent more time than expected catching up with your friends. Or you may have enjoyed more than one or two glasses of wine or cocktails. We've been there, & Uber has brought us safely back home. Rides are GPS-tracked, so you can share the status of your trip with your loved ones for them to pinpoint your exact location at all times & track the entire progress of your journey from restaurant to home.

7. Uber can be a cheap - or even free - way to reach your restaurant.


There are always great promotions going on at Uber - for a fortnight until 30 June 2015, for example, Uber offered users free rides worth up to RM30 each, any time between 4pm & 9pm, for Ramadan. There have also been lunchtime deals for free rides from time to time.

Now, Eat Drink KL is teaming up with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!

If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).



There are of course many more reasons to use Uber to get to restaurants. We know Uber will keep surprising us; we're excited to continue on our journey with them! Many thanks to the Uber Malaysia team for being the gracious benefactor for our rides.



Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

18 comments:

  1. I can imagine the consternation on the faces of taxi drivers as they read this.

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    1. Wangsa Baiduri Resident: i swear, the timing is sheer coincidence! :)

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  2. I've heard of Uber, sounds really good...no chance to try yet.

    Anytime better than those daylight robbers like the Chinese guy at the designated taxi stand at Bukit Bintang - asked for RM30, refused to use meter and I walked away, browsing online on my phone...and he threw stones at me and wanted to pick up a fight with me - said I was making a call to complain about him. I don't understand why the authorities cannot take action against these hooligans - they do it openly!!! Gives KL such a bad name!!!

    I hopped into one passing by, Malay guy, and he took me to Pertama, RM6 only by meter...and I paid RM10, asked him to keep the change.

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    1. Suituapui: yikes ... that first experience you had sounds pretty crazy ... especially since it was a relatively recent experience! hopefully the next time you're in KL, you'll be able to try out uber :)

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  3. Nice post Sean! Yes, finding a place to park is a headache.

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    1. Ken: you're in luck ... Uber is now in Penang too! :)

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  4. Uber is great, used it a few times when I'm in KL city. However it's quite hard to get a ride from my home as it's not within their coverage area.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, i had some problems too previously getting rides from sri petaling and bukit jalil ... but their coverage area keeps improving significantly, so now my area is reasonably well-covered, and hopefully you'll find it easier too in the months to come :)

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  5. I have heard of it, but not in as great detail and you are sharing here! Thanks, Sean, great post!

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you found this post informative! :)

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  6. Looks like a great service.

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    1. The Yum List: worth trying, especially with some of the current promotional free rides :)

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  7. Someone in the pics looks familiar to me!

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    1. CK: heheh, i wonder who! :D

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  8. Read so many good reviews about Uber but never try though~~

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    1. Choi Yen: use the promo code EATDRINKKL immediately after you download the Uber app and you'll get your first two rides for free (up to RM30 per ride) :)

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  9. This is the only way to travel for me. It isn't all about the ride, I love interacting with the drivers and getting their insight, especially when I am in a new location. I get the low-down on the best out of the way restaurants and places where only the locals hang. The price for a ride is worth getting info on tourist traps to avoid.

    Lawrence Neal @ Prime-13

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  10. We don't have uber where I live so it was great to try it in Las Vegas recently (where it is pretty new). There's a nice article about how to become an uber driver in the US here: http://uberphonenumbers.com/index.php/how-to-become-an-uber-driver/

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