With fast, good food just a click away, staying in may be the best way to dine out

As we run from pillar to post, meeting the demands of our daily lives, there may be nothing we want more at the end of a long day than the comfort of a good meal at home. These handy food apps provide some options we can rely on.

Food App #1: Foodpanda

food app Foodpanda's user interface

Apart from offering meals from over 1,500 eateries and 24-hour delivery options, Foodpanda recently added a range of upmarket restaurants to their list. They include MeatSmith, Angelina ParisLe Bistrot du SommelierAntoinette and Long Chim at Marina Bay Sands. Packages for special occasions like movie nights and breakfast in bed are also available.

Fast facts: minimum order and delivery charges vary; credit card or cash on delivery
App available on iOS and Android

Food App #2: Deliveroo

Deliveroo food app in action - take your pick from a selection of menus nearbySince it launched in Singapore a little more than a year ago, Deliveroo’s list of restaurant partners has grown to almost 2,500 islandwide, including restaurant groups such as Jamie’s Italian, Paradise Group and Tung Lok. It plans to introduce the ‘RooBox’ this year—a delivery kitchen that can facilitate orders from restaurant brands that are not usually available in certain areas. It has also launched a new partnership with UFIT Singapore, a fitness community providing personal training, bootcamps, crossfit and other programmes.

Fast facts: minimum order $25; $3 delivery charge; orders below $25, $5 surcharge; credit card 
App available on iOS and Android

Food App#3: UberEats

Ubereats food app's user interfaceA late entrant to the market less than a year ago, uberEats supplies food from more than 1,000 restaurants to areas such as the CBD, Tanjong Pagar, Orchard Road, River Valley, Bukit Timah, Bedok and Katong. They have recently added areas such as Tampines, Serangoon, Bishan, Novena, Clementi and Bukit Batok. Restaurants on their list include Candlenut, Burnt Ends, Teppei Syokudo, Kith Café and Vatos Urban Tacos.

Fast facts: No minimum order, $3 delivery charge; credit card
App available on iOS and Android

Food App #4: Heartland Chefs

Heartland Chefs was born when founder Siddiq Poh invited friends over for a meal at his house. His mum’s cooking was so well received that he struck food app heartland chef's user interfaceon the idea for an online marketplace connecting diners strapped for time to home cooks happy to serve up hearty meals. Enter the Heartland Chefs iOS app launched in October last year, with an Android version available from last month. It allows customers to choose their meals (self-collection only) based on the proposed menu, collection time specified by chefs, date posted and meal locations.

Fast facts: credit card; self-collection only
App available on iOS and Android

Food App#5: Dine Inn

Locally-made food app Dine Inn brings Singapore's finest homecooked meals to your doorstep

Dine Inn is a brand new community marketplace started by veteran chef Eric Teo and restaurateur Luke Lee. The Dine Inn website and app let you shop for home-cooked meals, searchable by type of service, booking date and time, location, cuisine or host. Apart from delivery, it provides options for self-collection, chef for hire and even dining at a chef’s home. All hosts must undergo a basic food hygiene course before they make the cut.  Around 200 hosts across the island are on board so far, including Serena Tang, who left her full-time job to bake; and Felicia Koh, who specialises in healthy food.

Fast facts: credit card
iOS and Android apps ready by first quarter

 


Cover: Foodpanda Finest

This was first published in Wine & Dine’s February 2017 issue – ‘Trending’ Food Apps.

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