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Published: Saturday June 7, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 7, 2014 MYT 11:33:04 AM

Watsons VIP card now comes with dining benefits

Carbonara Maldafine from Delicious. You can now use your Watsons VIP Card at the Delicious outlet in Mid Valley Megamall.

Carbonara Maldafine from Delicious. You can now use your Watsons VIP Card at the Delicious outlet in Mid Valley Megamall.

Flash your Watsons VIP Card at participating brands to enjoy discounts up to 20% off total bill.

Experience the drift of your life with none other than Malaysian drift queen Leona Chin. Party like there is no tomorrow with your favourite acts like Mizz Nina, B.O.B aka Bobby Ray and Far East Movement. These were some of the cool lifestyle experiences that Watsons VIP Card members got invited to recently.

And now, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer is rolling out a new wave of lifestyle enhancing experiences: Dining privileges.

Watsons says it has now taken a more lifestyle approach to the privileges offered to members of the Watsons VIP Card and extended the benefits of the card to go beyond Watsons stores.

As the leading loyalty card in Malaysia, Watsons feels that it is timely that their customers should be rewarded beyond just shopping at Watsons, but also in other lifestyle experiences such as travel, entertainment, leisure and services.

Expansive: The Watsons store in Mid Valley Megamall.
Expansive: The Watsons store in Mid Valley Megamall.

The key focus for now is to build a strong proposition in dining privileges. But by yearend, members can expect to enjoy exciting offers and benefits across all the key categories identified: Shop, Indulge, Pamper, Explore. Watsons is targeting to get 100 F&B brand partners by year end with a network of over 1,000 outlets nationwide.

For this launching with Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Watsons is partnering with various popular F&B brands such as Grand Harbour, Brotzeit, Komugi, Delicious and San Francisco Coffee, just to name a few.

The Watsons VIP Card was launched in September 2010 with the key objective of rewarding loyal customers through an effective point system that gives up to 10 times the points on selected items purchased, exclusive member’s price items and invitations to “money can’t buy experiences” such as the Watsons Music Festival, and the most recent mass dance event, the Watsons Move Your Body held at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park.

watsons card

Last November, Watsons re-launched their VIP member card with Touch ’n Go features to allow the convenience of cashless shopping and free reload for all Touch ’n Go cards in all Watsons stores nationwide. To date, Watsons has an active member base of over two million members nationwide.

To encourage speed and cashless transactions, cardmembers enjoy five times the points on the total bill when they pay with their stored value in their Watsons Touch ’n Go Card.

Watsons has partnered with various popular F&B brands nationwide to offer cardmembers a plethora of dining privileges including discounts, cash vouchers and complimentary signature food items with minimum spending at Partner outlets.

To enjoy the privileges, cardmembers just have to flash the Watsons VIP Card before payment. According to Watsons, they are working closely with merchant partners to come up with exciting and relevant offers and discounts for cardmembers.

Cardmembers are encouraged to update their contact details at their nearest Watsons store to receive updated and exciting offers.

Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 3,600 stores and more than 900 pharmacies in 12 Asian and European markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Ukraine.

In Malaysia, Watsons operates more than 300 Watsons stores serving more than three million customers per month.

Watsons continually sets the standards in the health, wellness and beauty market, providing personalised advice and counselling in health, beauty and personal care on top of its market-leading product range.

Since 2009, Watsons has been the No. 1 pharmacy/drugstore brand in Asia, according to Campaign Asia-Pacific’s “Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands” Survey (2013) of over 5,000 Asian respondents.

Watsons is the flagship health and beauty brand of A.S. Watson Group. Visit www.aswatson.com for more information on the Group and its brands. For details on the Watsons VIP Card dining privileges, visit www.watsons.com.my or call the customer service hotline at 1300 880 847.

Flash your Watsons VIP Card at these dining outlets:

Delicious

Lot G (E)-011 & G-001, Ground Floor (Boulevard), Tel: 03-2287 5770

Delicious started as a cosy tearoom 10 years ago with just a few items on its menu. Even though its location was not prominent, news of its delicious wholesome food spread through word-of-mouth.

Now there are eight Delicious cafes around the Klang Valley, in Johor Baru and Singapore. Its menu has blossomed into a veritable treasure trove of Western and local favourites that continues to satisfy the palates of its diners from breakfast till supper.

“Pasta, salads, cakes and more ...” is the Delicious tagline.

Watsons VIP Card members receive RM10 cash voucher for every RM50 spent, redeemable at the next visit.

Baum – Baumkuchen by Komugi 

Lot LG-030 & 031, Lower Ground Floor, Tel: 03- 2287 5520

Baumkuchen, from Germany, is a traditional layered cake and one of the more popular desserts in Japan. Meaning “tree” or “log”, it is made of 15 to 18 layers of batter consisting of butter, vanilla, eggs, sugar, salt and flour.

It is baked a layer at a time on a rotating spit over an open oven. Each layer is browned on the spit before a new layer is carefully brushed on, bringing a spongy fullness to the cake. It comes in hard and soft varieties, baked fresh daily. There is also Cool Baum, which is like an ice cream cake, but not quite.

Watsons VIP Card members enjoy 10% off the total bill with minimum spend of RM30 in a single receipt.

Soft Baum baked cheese tart
Soft Baum baked cheese tart

Goku Raku Ramen

Lot S-025 & 026, Second Floor, Tel: 03-2201 8779

Goku Raku Ramen is home to the “Horikiri Style” ramen, discovered by noted ramen connoisseur Teruhisa Shimizu.

The unique style meshes well with the palatable pork, chicken-and-fish broth, as well as the Shio (salt) and Shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) soup base.

The broth is simmered for a long time to bring out its flavoursome taste and the ramen is made fresh daily.

Each serving of ramen is cooked firm to the bite, with fragrant aroma and taste of wheat exuding from every chew.

Goku Raku's Five Star kakuni ramen

A must-try is the Five Star broth (pic), a black broth infused with Japanese fish powder and aromatic charred crushed garlic oil. But don’t forget the delicious lava egg, which is soft-boiled so the white is cooked solid, but the yolk remains runny. It is then marinated in sauce till it is just the right taste and texture.

Watsons VIP Card members enjoy 10% off the total bill with a minimum spend of RM60 in a single receipt.

Grand Harbour

Lot G (E)-017, Ground Floor (Boulevard), Tel: 03- 2283 3398

If you’re a fan of sipping tea while nibbling on an assortment of dainty dim sum delicacies, you’d be delighted by the delicious and unique varieties of dim sum available at Grand Harbour as well as their signature dishes.

Enjoy its “East meets West” setting where traditional Chinese cuisine is set in a contemporary restaurant design with well-appointed VIP rooms and facilities.

Grand Harbour's crispy durian puffs
Grand Harbour's crispy durian puffs

Since opening its doors in December 2012 and with the recent expansion of Mid Valley City, Grand Harbour has carved a niche in the dim sum market with its unique and extensive dim sum, and gaining recognition as the preferred venue to celebrate family occasions and for corporate bookings. Watsons VIP Card members get 10% off food only.

Homemade Fish Head Noodle

Lot G (E)-015, Ground Floor (Boulevard), Tel: 03-2282 0216

Homemade is the operative word here. That extends to making the soup stock from scratch using fresh ingredients. The signature dishes here include the Fried Fish Head Bee Hoon with XO Sauce, a dish that comes with chunks of fish, chopped tomato and preserved vegetables.

The XO sauce is, you guessed it, homemade. There’s also a fresh water prawn version of the dish.

The noodles here are thicker and do not absorb the soup easily, hence the strands do not turn soggy even after prolonged soaking.

Watsons VIP Card members enjoy 10% off on ala carte items.

Reminisce

Lot G (E)-019, Ground Floor (Boulevard), Tel: 03-2201 8168

There is a bit of the nostalgia at Reminisce, as the name suggests. So don’t be surprised to find food associated with your childhood here; the idea is to invoke fond memories for diners.

The best of local street snacks, ranging from dry curry chicken noodle, yam cake with sundried shrimps topped with freshly chopped spring onions to wok-fried turnip cakes with bean sprouts and nasi lemak with curry chicken, pepper the menu. 

Some may find the piece de resistance in the signature pork ribs done in a Mongolian style, or even a simple pan-fried chicken chop with pumpkin gravy... dine in or to-go, daily. Watsons VIP Card members get 10% off total bill.

Reminisce's chicken chop
Reminisce's chicken chop

Dubu Dubu Urban Korean Food

Lot LG-048 Lower Ground Floor, Tel: 03-2287 8980

Seoul’s trendy gastronomy comes to us via Dubu Dubu; in other words, it’s soul food for K-pop lovers out there! It’s all healthy – dubu means tofu in Korean. Soondubu Jigae is Dubu Dubu’s signature dish.

This spicy seafood hotpot will take your taste buds on a Korean culinary roller-coaster – not unlike its soap operas. Apart from hearty and wholesome stews, there is a wide selection of urban Korean food for your enjoyment here.

Watsons VIP Card members enjoy 25% discount on the next set of Soondubu Jigae.

Soondubu Jigae
Soondubu Jigae

The Manhattan Fish Market

Lot LG-060, Lower Ground Floor,

Tel: 03-2284 0448

From its early beginning in Manhattan under the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Fish Market now lives on as a chain restaurant concept with more than 180 years of history.

Seafood is the theme on the menu. Fresh onboard is the Manhattan Star Platter – with grilled calamari, fried oysters, poached garlic herb mussels, Manhattan Flaming Prawns and your choice of Mediterranean Baked Fish or Spicy Baked Fish. 

There is always a Soup Of The Day for starters – just ask the friendly sea-cret agent hovering around! Watsons VIP Card members enjoy the Manhattan Star Platter for two at only RM55.90 (U.P. RM89.50).

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