PEDESTRIAN.TV has partnered with Payo to help you eat like royalty and pay later.
I don’t know about you, but I live for the ‘buy now, pay later’ movement. I’m not a fan of credit cards and set a monthly spending budget, so these bad woods allow me to spend big every now and then while technically staying on budget – everyone wins. Or maybe I win in this scenario, but what’s wrong?
What I didn’t realize until I was a year old today is that for the first time in Australia there is an app that lets you EAT now and pay later – Payo. It’s a pretty timely find considering that I live in Sydney and just got out of lockdown ready to literally devour whatever I didn’t have to cook on my own.
Basically, you download their app, choose one of the 700 participating restaurants, cafes and bars spread across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and eat like a king. Then, with Payo, pay only 25% up front, then process the rest in three equal installments every two weeks.
The app not only lets you discover places to eat, but also filter by location and cuisine. So what are you waiting for? Now you can tick off your restaurant wishlist and experience all the culinary delights you’ve frothed from afar.
Sounds like a dream, right?
There are actually a bunch of your favorite restaurants there too, not just hikes. I shot the top 10 just to prove my point.
1. Butter (Sydney)
Sydney’s cult favorite for everything from fried chicken and cinnamon donuts to bottomless champagne lunches to ramen is 100 percent on this ‘pay later’ train, which is good news for all your welcome to the office meetings, right?
Paying less up front on your meal might even leave you with more money for sneakers, who knows?
2. Tokki (Sydney)
Tokki is the closest we’ll reach in Asia for some time to come, but what a brilliant substitute it is. With decor and cuisine inspired by the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo and Seoul, savor classic dishes with a contemporary twist, then wash them down with bespoke cocktails, sparse beer, and organic wine.
3. Ravesis Hotel (Sydney)
Yes, you can soak up a lovely sea breeze and iconic views at the Bondi beachfront hotel. A place where the decor is as grammable as the cocktails, Ravesis is inspired by Mediterranean cultures for its menu. Find seafood, lamb, chicken, salads and hand-rolled pasta.
4. Bomba Bar (Melbourne)
Nothing better for a celebration than tapas, and nothing is worth celebrating more than Melbourne finally coming out of lockdown. The Bomba Bar takes tapas to the next level, and the adorable rooftop setting means the atmosphere is right there too.
They operate in fixed menus that start at $ 65. Personally, I would jump on Payo and switch to the decadent option at $ 85.
5. Morris Jones (Melbourne)
There is no shame in Morris Jones’ Instagram game, with flowery walls and tiled courtyards. But they also have a menu and a cocktail list to back it up. This restaurant, cocktail and wine bar serves modern and adventurous Californian Japanese cuisine.
6. Lulu White House (Melbourne)
The presentation is on point at House of Lulu White. With an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, you’ll never have to choose between eggs and pasta. I’ve thought for a long time that brunch is the best meal, and these guys make it bottomless every weekend with mimosas, espresso martinis, and Bloody Marys.
All I’m saying is I would have an endless brunch pretty much every weekend if I could afford most of it later.
7. Cielo roof (Brisbane)
Nothing says summer like a rooftop, and Cielo’s is perched high above Brisbane’s famous Fortitude Valley. They serve unique and fun modern cocktails and a menu of assorted dishes. These are the guys behind the award winning Maybe, Sammy Bar in Sydney, so you know it will be good.
8. Takashiya (Brisbane)
Enjoy an authentic Japanese experience at Takashiya Omakase Restaurant and Japanese Whiskey & Sake Bar. Omakase is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your order, so all you need to do is make a reservation and let the chef take your taste buds on a journey.
The full Takashiya Omakase experience is an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the city, but it costs $ 230 per seat. Better to get out your Payo application.
9. The Henchman (Gold Coast)
The Henchman is located in the heart of Miami, which is the Gold Coast suburb of Miami. This adorable beer garden is dog-friendly, so you can enjoy coffee and brunch or sip delicious cocktails and devour cheeseburgers while your pet relaxes next to you. They even have live music on the weekends.
10. Vanitas Restaurant (Palazzo Versace, GC)
If you’re a fan of labels and being chic, the famous Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast is home to the Vanitas Restaurant – an AGFG Hatted Restaurant. Their menu focuses on fresh, local ingredients and features a wine pairing menu (very important).
The average price range here for one person is $ 155 – the food is so good – so Payo is really going to come in handy.
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