It’s that time of the year again: monsoon season. That means on top of school being out, you’re battling boredom, dreary weather (indoor activities, anyone?) and probably a general lack of motivation to get dressed, let alone cook dinner. Hello, food delivery. These services are now booming in Singapore, but which is the best? We’ve weighed up the options below…
We’re all familiar with Uber and what a godsend it’s been for shuttling us all quickly from one end of the island to the other. Since 2016, they’ve been harnessing the power of their drivers and anyone with a means of transportation to deliver food as well as people, and so far, it’s been a pretty interesting ride…
Delivery hours: 8am – 11pm
Delivery charge: $3
Minimum order: None
Payment method: Card or Uber credits
- The app saves your favourites and makes recommendations based on your app usage.
- You can view user ratings and recommendations.
- A new kid-friendly search feature (the first ever!) so you can see which restaurants serve kid-friendly food as well as access the kids’ menu at the push of a button.
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 – has recently opened to serve food for delivery and there’s the possibility of one turning into a casual eatery in 2018.
Delivery hours: 8.30am (Mon-Fri)/ 9.30am (Sat/Sun) – 11pm
Minimum order: Breakfast (where applicable), 8.30am (Mon-Fri) / 9.30am (Sat-Sun) to 11am – $12.50; Lunch 11am to 5pm – $12.50; Dinner 5pm – 11pm – $18.00
Delivery charge: $3.50 for orders over the minimum order value; $4.50 surcharge for orders less than minimum order value
Payment methods: Card only, you can tip your driver in cash
- Recognises allergy requests
- Option to select family-favourites
As the first on the Singapore food delivery scene, Foodpanda has secured a sizeable territory of more than 1200 restaurants. Recently 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
- 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
This on-demand delivery service has done our groceries, flowers, tickets for matinees and recently, even laundry. HonestBee is always busy buzzing for new recommendations picked by the team and is constantly working on expanding its list of restaurants and delivery area.
Delivery hours: 9am – 11pm
Minimum order: None
Delivery charge: $3.50; free with minimum spend of $35
Payment method: Visa, MasterCard, Amex and debit
Cancelling: Before “preparation” stage.
- Save money with up to 30% cashback on Shopback
- Get loads of deals on the 50% off category
- Delivers hawker food
What to Eat
From food promos to popular cuisines and the newest restaurants, What to Eat features only the best restaurants with more than 20 types of popular cuisines.
Delivery hours: 11am – 11pm
Minimum order: Varies with restaurant but is usually $30
Delivery charge: $2.99
Payment method: Cash, Credit/Debit card payment, PayPal and NETS payment
Cancelling: Before restaurant begins preparing food
- Order up to 14 days in advance
There are new start-ups on the scene and more popping up every year. Here are just a couple that deliver mainly hawker food:
Love to try your local Bak Chor Mee but find it hard to communicate with your local dialect speaking hawker? Just tap to tapao and get hawker food delivered to you from 14 different hawker centres islandwide at just $1.50 delivery fee.
WhyQ, p. 6914 2673, e. email@example.com; www.whyq.sg
Order from your favourite hawker stall and have the food delivered to a vending machine-style food dispenser and collect it at your convenience. With up to eight machines and counting, we’re just waiting for them to install one right outside our house.
Fastbee.sg, p. 8221 3308; www.fastbee.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. But, just as you might get a bad Uber driver, you could get a bad UberEATS driver, meaning you’re still waiting for the food an hour later, surrounded by starving and upset children. As delivery services can get quite swamped during peak hours, it might take hours (even days or weeks!) for them 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.
Happy eating in!
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