There’s no hero quite like a food delivery service when you’re starving hungry and can’t be bothered to get off the couch and see what’s in the fridge.
Loved by public servants burning the midnight oil, sleep-deprived new parents and hungry students alike, food delivery service providers make it even easier to enjoy the food you love, without having to leave the house.
But how do you avoid ending up with overpriced, cold food that’s delivered an hour later than you expected? In this article, we’ll outline what to look for in a great food delivery service and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great food delivery service?
While many food delivery service providers partner with the same restaurants, your experience may vary depending on delivery speed, cost and with how much care your food is handled.
That’s why we recommend keeping the following in mind when choosing a food delivery service.
- Prompt delivery. If you want your food delivered to your doorstep as soon as possible (to be honest, who doesn’t?), then you want a delivery service that’s fast and reliable. Does the service have enough delivery staff to meet demand during peak times? Don’t be afraid to compare delivery estimates for the same restaurant through different providers.
- Reasonable delivery fees. Delivery fees should be comparable with other providers. If you’re getting charged more than $10 for delivery, consider looking elsewhere.
- Wide range of partner restaurants. Some food delivery services have more partner restaurants in certain parts of Canberra than in others. If you’ll be ordering food regularly, and you’d like to order from the same delivery service, look for one that has plenty of variety.
- Food shows up hot and intact. No one wants to eat a squashed banh mi or deal with soggy spring rolls. Check online reviews to make sure the food is packaged adequately and transported with care (some restaurants provide their own drivers, while others opt to use drivers from the delivery service, so be sure to research both the restaurant and the delivery service before making a decision.)
The best food delivery services in Canberra
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Easi is one of the most popular food delivery apps in Australia, bringing gourmet food from 12,000+ restaurant partners to its customers’ doorsteps. Easi is now serving more than 1 million hungry customers in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and now Canberra.
Easi opened for business in Canberra in January 2019 and strives to provide premium service to its customers without the hassle. That’s why its motto is, “If it’s Easi we will make it easier.”
Competitive prices aside, one of the things that makes Easi great is that delivery is free within a 50km radius of the restaurant, which means it delivers to places like Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Murrumbateman.
Follow Easi on Instagram: @easicanberra
What sets Menulog apart from competing food delivery services in Canberra is its rating and review system. This can give you valuable insight into not only how the food will taste, but whether or not it will show up hot, cold, ready-to-eat, or totally dismantled.
Many restaurants listed on Menulog also offer discounts for your first order, some even as high as 20 percent off.
If you’ve used ride share service Uber, chances are you’re familiar with its sister business, Uber Eats. Using your Uber account, you can order from hundreds of restaurants via an app on your smartphone or your computer browser. You can also track your order when it’s on the road, which, while perhaps unnecessary, sure is fun.
Here in Canberra, you can order just about any cuisine from Uber Eats, from Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Japanese to fast-food favourites like the Chicken Shop, McDonalds, and Grill’d.
If you live close to the city centre, Deliveroo often delivers on bike – making it a speedier choice during peak hour when the roads are busy. And while Deliveroo once only serviced a small part of Canberra, its offerings – ranging from Italian, American -style burgers, and fish and chips, to Chinese, Mexican, and more – are also available in the suburbs.
Which food delivery service do you use?
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