PROBLEM I was swamped with month-end cut offs and it was nearing lunchtime. I hate lunch crowds and I really have so many things to do, so lunch-out was obviously out of the question.
MY SOLUTION Order food online. I chanced upon FoodPanda.com, through MommyBloggersPhilippines.com. I was immediately drawn to its "Food On the Go" tagline. Tap, choose and enjoy from the many restaurants in your neighborhood. Is it really that easy?
A link led me to the foodpanda website
It was good to know that foodpanda is affiliated with trusted brand hellofood and delivery club, which are active online food delivery services in over 40 countries in 5 continents
You would be asked to key in your location and you would be shown a list of restaurants serving your area.
I was a bit dissapointed that they only service major cities.
I wish they expand and cover the Greater Manila Area as well.
Now this was the most difficult part in the entire ordering process. For Makati area alone, they have about 58 restaurants, so it took me a while to decide.
I finally ended with HongKong Noodles and Dimsum House. I ordered hakao, salt and pepper squid with yangchow , bola-bola siopao and soda in can. I knew that was a bit too much, but minimum order for a Free Delivery for HongKong Noodles is at least P300. 00. I figured, I will just keep the siopao for merienda later.
I noticed that some restaurants does not require minimum order, while others have fixed delivery charges of P30+.
You can pay your order, online as well or upon delivery, which was so convenient.
Soon after I proceeded to check-out, foodpanda called and confirmed my order. Oh I must commend the caller, as she was so pleasant to talk to.
My food came less than an hour later and I was happy with the smooth and efficient service. The delivery boy was even smiling when I came down the lobby to pick up my food.
Food was still warm and nicely packed - it won't get easily spill or tip over. Also I was a little worried that they might miss out on the condiments while packing. But was happy, since all that I needed was in the bag (lots of tissue and there was even an extra pair of disposable spoon and fork).
BTW, I was right that I over ordered, servings was hefty and good enough for 2 adults. At P300+ my order is a lot. My hakao and siopao both ended up as for later :P
I have had such a good exerience, that now, everytime somebody suggests for food delivery, I can't help but recommend ordering through foodpanda.
For hassle free food delivery foodpanda is highly recommended.
Here is an easy guide to ordering from FoodPanda:
Aside from online or from the mobile application, via AppStore, WindowsPhoneStore or Google Play.