Food delivery in Singapore: Deliveroo, Foodpanda and GrabFood

Amazing and delicious food delivered straight to your doorstep with just a few quick taps? Is it really as easy as that?

School’s out, kitchen’s closed, that’s the deal. After spending all day outdoors ticking off the summer holiday checklist, the last thing anyone needs is more time on their feet. Take a load off with these delivery apps. On top of school being out and rainy days in (indoor activities, anyone?), everyone’s lacking motivation to get dressed, let alone cook dinner. Hello, food delivery. All you have to do is load up the app, select the store and the meal you’d like and wait for it to get delivered straight to your doorstep. We’ve got quite the choice in Singapore, but which is the best? We’ve weighed up the options below…

Deliveroo

Deliveroo Food Market Honeykids Asia Singapore

Have you checked out the new futuristic food market at Media Circle yet? Photography: Deliveroo via Instagram

This UK-based delivery service is hopping around to bring you food from the best restaurants. You can search by cuisine or by popular restaurants and meals, and there are no low-quality takeaway restaurants. Deliveroo Editions – remote delivery-only kitchens – have recently opened in Lavendar and Katong to serve food exclusively for delivery. For time-crunched working mums in need of easy dining, check out Deliveroo Food Market at Alice@Mediapolis. Takeout addict? Check out Deliveroo Plus to skip the delivery fee!
Delivery hours: varies with restaurants
Minimum order: up to $5 for orders under $12
Delivery charge: $3-5
Payment methods: Card only, you can choose to tip your driver
Good points:

  • Recognises allergy requests
  • Option to select family-favourites
  • Monthly subscription of $14.90 a month to enjoy free delivery on every order

Deliveroo, p. +65 3163 7074, e. support@deliveroo.com.sg
Deliveroo Editions, 114 Lavender St #01-15 CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729 and 332 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437107, Deliveroo Food Market, Alice@Mediapolis, 29 Media Circle; deliveroo.com.sg

Foodpanda

As the first on the Singapore food delivery scene, Foodpanda has secured a sizeable territory of more than 1200 restaurants. Rebranded from its neon orange to an electric pink and soon to be launching an e-wallet for easier payment, it even offers 24-hour fast food delivery.
Delivery hours: 24 hours
Minimum order: Varies with restaurant
Delivery charge: Varies with restaurant
Payment method: Cash, credit/debit card, PayPal
Cancelling: Cancel or change order within 5 minutes after placing an order
Good points:

  • Pick-up feature if you don’t like waiting in line or can’t meet minimum-spend for delivery
  • Around the clock delivery for midnight munchies
  • Largest delivery network in Singapore
  • Cash on delivery

Foodpanda, p. 6589 8669, e. support@foodpanda.com; www.foodpanda.sg

Dine Inn

If you fancy home-cooking but can’t bear to step into the kitchen, there’s an app for that too! Dine Inn allows home chefs and home bakers to set up listings for home-cooked meals and you can have them delivered, collect it yourself or even dine at the host’s place or have them come to yours as a chef for hire (that’s one way to get confinement meals!). You can even register to be a host yourself and set up your very own guerilla kitchen!
Delivery hours: Varies with host, 1h delivery time minimum
Delivery charge: $10
Minimum order: None
Payment method: Credit/Debit card payment only
Good points:

  • Home-cooked food
  • Hire a chef to come straight to your home

Dine Inn; sg.dineinn.com

GrabFood

Now that Uber has been swallowed up by Grab, Singapore has fewer ride sharing apps to shuttle us all quickly from one end of the island to the other. Grab for its part has branched out to harness the power of their drivers to deliver food as well as people.
Delivery hours: 7am – 2am
Delivery charge: Varies with restaurants with an additional delivery cost for each additional restaurant
Minimum order: None
Payment method: Debit / Credit Cards, GrabPay Credits and PayPal
Good points:

  • Offers delivery till late

GrabFood; www.grab.com/sg/food

WhyQ

Love to try your local Bak Chor Mee but find it hard to communicate with your local dialect speaking hawker? Can’t get enough of #hawkerculture? Just tap to tapao (takeaway) and get hawker food delivered to you from over 2000 hawker food stalls across 35 or more hawker centers islandwide.
Delivery hours:
Delivery charge: $1.50
Minimum order: None
Payment method: Card only
Good points:

  • Order in bulk (10 or more pax) for parties and events
  • Place orders from different stalls in the same hawker centre

WhyQ, p. 6914 2673, e. contactus@whyq.sg; www.whyq.sg

Heads up before you tap away…
Food delivery services claim to average about 30-35min delivery time, but as with any service industry it’s all about luck of the draw. Make sure you check the estimated time before you confirm your order as delivery services can get quite swamped during peak hours. It might take hours (even days or weeks!) for services to correct a delivery error… and even then your food might not have arrived. Most of the time these services are great, but as with all purchases: buyer beware. Have a backup plan or risk hungry little bellies.

Happy eating in!

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