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[VIC] Midzilla Care Package Bonuses: e.g. Buy $10, Bonus $10 at Schnitz / Buy $20, Bonus $20 at Other Shops @ Liven App

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"The Liven Care Package is Liven's way of letting the community give back to their favourite restaurants while they try to rebuild from these difficult times. It gives our passionate users a risk-free way to make a real difference to our partners by buying food upfront to make their lives easier and getting some love in return with bonus food."

Bonus Care Packages at Participating Locations Only

Buy a $10 Care Package, Get Bonus $10

Schnitz: Collins Place, Point Cook, South Melbourne

Buy a $20 Care Package, Get Bonus $20

08 Kiki: Caulfied
1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodle: Box Hill
8 Bit: Footscray, Watergards
Ben & Jerry's: Flinders Lane
Aqua S: QV Melbourne
Calia: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne QV
Calia Grill: Chadstone Shopping Centre,
Curry Vault: Melbourne CBD
Dineamic: South Yarra
Dumpling Chef: Emporium
Go Noodle House: Melbourne
Grand Lafayette: Prahran
Pelicana: Melbourne CBD
Master Lanzhou: Boxhill, Carlton, Caulfield East, Chadstone, Eastland, Elizabeth Street, South Yarra, The Glen, Westfield Doncaster
Maki Mix: South Melbourne
Puzzle Coffee: Melbourne
Scoffle Waffle: Melbourne Central
Scusami Ristorante Italiano: Glen Waverly
Terrace deli: Melbourne CBD
Tian 38: Melbourne
Tokyo Teppanyaki : South Yarra
Up In Smoke: Footscray
V Wine Salon: Abbotsford

Plus more shop. This is not an exhaustive list. Other venues have buy $50 get bonus $50, buy $20 get bonus $5, etc.

From 1st-31st July 2021, besides Limited Edition Midzilla Packages, get access to 100% Bonus Packages.

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Referrer and referee get $10 credit.

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  • +2 votes

    recommend calling the restaurant before you go to check they are accepting Liven, sometimes its not working when you get there

    • +1 vote

      The only time I have had problem using a Liven Care Package is the confusion with a restaurant that have two branches in the Melbourne CBD. The credit was only usable at the more out of the way branch.

      So make sure you click on Participating Locations Only before buying.

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        Ah yes, look up location before you buy.
        on my way to Docklands lol

        Workshop Bros, I thought was brunch. Nope, the location I bought credit for was coffee only. Learn from my mistake.

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      I went to use a Liven Care Package at Brick Lane Cafe and they refused to accept it when I went to pay.

      I found Liven's customer service to be absolutely appalling and they refused to honour the price the bill should have been discounted to which left me quite a bit out of pocket.

      This is not the only time I have found Liven's service to be disgraceful.

      I'd avoid them personally.

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        Did they say why?

        My local mall is a phone deadzone and rarely does my data work, and they've always sorted it out. Though it's effort and so I won't buy packages for that location.

  • +1 vote

    Grand lafayette is not worth it. They charge like 50% higher price is you use liven. Can recommend calia, lanzhou, curry vault and tian 38 though.

    • +1 vote

      That's so dodgy

      • +2 votes

        They get away with it by having their menu as normal price then "discounted price" that is significantly cheaper but for card and cash payment. Place is super sus all you can eat and only let you order once would never go again. Okami is 10000 times better.

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          They pricing model is pretty dodgy… but the quality of thefood is infinitely better than Okami.

          Been there a couple of times, They let order has much as you want. Only thing is desserts aren't included.

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          Happy to admit I'm wrong.. had a look at the recent reviews, and it appears they only let you order once or twice which is very different to when I went last year.

          Having said that, unless the food has gone really downhill from when I last went, the food is much better than Okami.

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      Can I ask - how do they know what you're intending to pay with until you're at the counter ….which is after you've finished eating? I don't get how they can get away with the change in prices. I bought the Grand Lafayette one and I'm hoping not to run into the same situation

      • +2 votes

        Because the price on the the menu is like 48.8 or something like that. However they offer a "discounted" price for like $32 if you pay cash or card.

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          Thanks for that - it makes sense now. I suppose it's for those people who haven't jumped on the liven bandwagon yet.

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            @cassiopeia: Haven't seen that scam at any other place that accepts Liven.

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              @JimB: @JimB - yeah I've been a long time user of Liven and I've genuinely never noticed any price differences, so I just wanted to check on what the commenter meant

              • +1 vote

                @cassiopeia: I've been to Grand lafayette in the past without Liven, I think it was around $40 per person.

                So even if they increase the price if you pay via Liven 2 people can eat for $50 (with Liven bonus).. still good value.

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                @cassiopeia: had a look at the recent reviews, and it appears they only let you order once or twice which is very different to when I went last year.

                Hopefully the food hasn't changed. When I last went the food was very good.

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      scrolled and found my answer

      Is it crazy that I haven't been there but there's already a pending bad review?
      Sadly bought a $50 vou…

      • +1 vote

        I mean given its essentially 50 percent off with liven it's still a saving over the usual price. Doesn't mean it is not super dodgy though.

  •  

    Did anyone try Calia in Melbourne?

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      yes, Calia Grill though, was very fancy

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      Food is pretty nice.

      Great atmosphere and fit out.

      Some dishes are a little pricey but is cheap at 50% off.

      Definitely worthwhile to try.

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        Thanks went today.
        Was very tasty but the main portion was small, so next time probably need to get starters too.
        Spent $60 for 2 bowls and 2 alcoholic beverages.

        Bonus is I get 20% back from Money Melbourne

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          I thought the mains portions were decent enough for me.

          It's Japanese (inspired) so don't expect the portions to be overly large.

          Other than the fries, the entrees are very small (and very tasty)… so if you're a big eater, you may be better off with 3 mains between 2.

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            @JimB: I wouldn't call myself a 'big eater'.
            but it's hard for me to recall a time where I've spent $20 on a 'main' at a restaurant and left hungry.
            maybe Calia is too posh for me >_<

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      We're regulars and have consumed most of the menu. If going Fri/Sat do book. Food and service is very good-excellent. Love the salmon and eggplant, skip the $$ aus waygu and go to omi if you want waygu though, though the cheaper wagyu bowl is good.

      Desserts - They have those fancy glazed/mirror cakes but only Sat/Sun from memory.

      Calia Grill is excellent too. Pretty bentos for lunch.

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        I quite like the aus waygu Bowl. Which cheaper wagyu bowl are you referring to?

        Tried the Wagyu at Omi, wasn't impressed. Though for the price, I shouldn't have been expecting too much :)

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          The sukiyaki I think, top on the right column.

          At omi I always get the truffle wagyu.

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            @anastasiastarz: I tried the Wagyu Truffle.

            It didn't really taste like Wagyu in the same way that Calia does. But for the price I shouldn't be surprised :D

  • +3 votes

    Reccomendations:

    8 Bit: Footscray, Watergards - burgers, city location is gone
    Ben & Jerry's: Flinders Lane - eatclub does $1-2 scoops if you want less
    Aqua S: QV Melbourne - soft serve fun, indulge once in cotton candy cloud + the lot
    Calia: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Emporium - great food, datesworthy
    Calia Grill: Chadstone Shopping Centre - beautiful bentos
    Master Lanzhou - really good beef noodles

    Bought (this round):
    Cafe Lafeyette - based on comments this is a regret, increased prices for liven…

    Maybe
    Scusami Ristorante Italiano: Glen Waverly - considered but reviews are mixed….

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      Always like to see your food bargain food hustle.
      :)
      I've only done 8 bit and up in smoke.
      Haven't tried the rest on that list, but Calia might be a go.
      Thanks.

    • +1 vote

      I used Liven care package at Cafe Lafeyette about a month ago and no issues, good food and service, didn't pay any extra.

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        Grand Lafayette is the one offering All-You-Can-Eat with separate rates depends on how you pay plus many additional conditions.

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      The $1 Ben & Jerry scoop I got at the Flinders Lane store was a third of a regular scoop. In comparison, when I got the two free scoops at the Highpoint store, they fills up the entire pint.

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      I've read comments that 1915 Lanzhou noodles in Box Hill is better than Master Lanzhou- care packages also available :)

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        Really, tell me about it. Im planning to try their food at 1915 Lanzhou noodles in Box Hill but the lockdown…

        Care package - I guess I missed out.

  •  

    It's an interesting business model. I do wonder why restaurants sign up and how much it costs them commission wise?

    That 10, 15 or 20% rebate I get back as credit, whose paying for that? Let alone the Buy $50 get $50 bonus.

    I'm not complaining but it's odd that many restaurants will charge me 1.5 or 2% by paying via credit card, yet if I use the Liven App, I don't pay any credit card surcharges & I also get a 10, 15 or 20% credit to spend at the next restaurant.

    I'll understand if new restaurants sign up to get more people to try their food, but many of these restaurants are already very popular. Try getting a table at Laksa King on a Sat night, you'll be lucky to wait less than 90 minutes.

    Anyway, I've started using the App and am very pleased with it…. one thing they can improve on is making it easy to spend your Liven credits rather than your credit card when you pay… I've been caught out a couple of times.

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      i can only assume things about their business model.
      I think restaurants are willing to cough up rebates anything less than what Ubereats charge these days.

      In terms on bonus for bonus might be a shared model between liven and restaurant, or even restaurant approved.

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        Good point about Ubereats, but many of the restaurants are already busy without Liven… i.e. Laksa King, Master Lanzhou, Calia..

        Happy to shell out up to 20% of their profits via Liven, yet slugging their other customers 2% for using a credit card! lol

        Anyway good for me :)

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          Some places charge 2% payment via liven eg gotcha

    • +2 votes

      Agree on the fallback payment method- you need to make sure the liven coins option is turned on otherwise it defaults to credit card on file. The UI has changed a few times and the latest version has unfortunately made the payment options more obscure than earlier versions.

      In terms of customer service my experience so far has been pretty good. I've contacted them twice:

      1) Restaurant advised they didn't accept Liven even though they were on the list- contacted customer service and got the bonus credited to account

      2) Bought care package for 8bit when they had a city branch- this has now closed and I requested for a refund as the other locations in the west are too far to travel (with lockdown and all)- they accepted and refunded the amount (minus bonus)

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    Are care packages delivered instantly? IE can buy just before eating?

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      I haven't had a problem doing this.

    • +1 vote

      Yes but it might sell out eg. calia

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    NSW as well. And QLD.