I recently signed up for a month’s trial of the TasteCard scheme. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a green and black card that gives you either 2-for-1 or 50% off your bill.

Naturally assuming it’d just cover England, Scotland and Wales, when I looked at their map of participating restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a lot of restaurants in Dublin had signed up for the scheme.

Though TasteCard advise to book in advance, I actually popped by one of the restaurants, Luigi Malone’s, showed my TasteCard, and my bill had 50% off at the end – including the main, dessert and even drinks (which I wasn’t expecting)!

At a cost of £ per year, if you dine out at any of the restaurants, cafes or takeaways listed on their map, the card could easily pay for itself after a few meals. If you’ve got a big family or are planning a big meal out at one of the accepted locations, it’s a no-brainer!