Put in on my TAB!

Last week I went out to dinner with friends and  had a fabulous meal.  Before the bill came we all got up from the table, said our goodbyes and went home!  No, we didn't “dine and dash” - we were test driving TAB PAYMENTS, a new app that lets you enjoy a seamless experience at some of Toronto’s best restaurants.

TAB is an app for your iPhone or Android that takes the work out of paying the bill, splitting the bill, and tipping at restaurants. The app, which is gorgeously designed, was created by a Toronto start-up and let’s you get up and walk away at the end of a meal, while it sorts the money issues (that I personally hate dealing with at the end of the night).

I invited my friends Anja from The Remix Project and Andrea from Healthy Delicious to join me for some Mexican at La Playa Cabana Hacienda.  Anja, Andrea and I are working together on Chew Street’s first event SIP! so we took a night out to brainstorm over dinner.   The food was delicious, well seasoned but not too spicy.  We all loved that the vegetarian options and that you could order or tacos on lettuce wraps! The cocktails were especially delicious - I loved the Rum Punch!

Hacienda!

Hacienda!

Grilled Fish Lettuce Taco

Grilled Fish Lettuce Taco

Braised Shortrib Taco

Braised Shortrib Taco

Rum Punch!

Rum Punch!

Checking in with TAB was easy - the app communicates with your server’s iPad so they can greet you by name, like a regular :-)  Once we checked in, which took less than a minute, nothing about the restaurant experience was different - we put our phones away (except for the obligatory food photos) and enjoyed our meal.  When we were done, we said goodbye to our servers and to each other and went our seperate ways.  It was almost too good to be true - no calculations to split the bill we just left and our bills were split, we were individually charged and left a tip all and got an email confirmation with my bill - all before I hit the subway

Andrea, Anja and I are looking forward to our cocktail event SIP! on August 19th.  Thanks to TAB, every attendee will receive a $10 restaurant credit to try this nifty little app out for yourselves!  See you at SIP!