November 24, 2015

It’s an all-too-familiar feeling: Your stomach is growling, or a particular craving has just hit. But, you can’t or you won’t spare the effort to head out and buy whatever your stomach desires at the moment. Food delivery services are here to save you from such situations, and thankfully for perpetually-hungry Singaporeans, the food delivery market here is definitely growing. Aside from the run-of-the-mill fast food, pizza or Thai/Indian food takeout, now there are also services bringing you healthy food, restaurant dishes, and even hawker food to your doorstep. Here are 5 local food delivery services to definitely add to your bookmarks list.


1. Deliveroo

The newest entry to the local food delivery service market, Deliveroo is a UK company that has decided to hop over (kangeroo pun fully intended) to Singapore this month. The restaurants they have tied up with are mostly mid-priced ones such as P.S. Cafe, Park Bench Deli, Potato Head Folk and Cedele, and there are currently more than 140 restaurant options on Deliveroo. Just key in the postal code of your delivery address, and the site will tell you whether you’re located within the areas they deliver to, and if so, which restaurants options are available at your selected time of delivery.


Delivery fee: Fixed at $3

Delivery time: Average of 30 minutes

Payment methods: Online debit/credit card payment only

Minimum order value: Varies among restaurant, but typically about $25

Can deliver to: Mainly Tanglin, Bukit Timah, Central Business District, Kallang and Katong


2. Foodpanda

Foodpanda is currently the biggest service, with over 400 dining establishments in their fold. What we like about Foodpanda is you can search for food by cuisine, for all those times you crave maybe Japanese, or cupcakes, or something else generic like that. Just run a search on Foodpanda, and there will always be plenty of options for you to choose from. Its strength lies also in just how many dining options they have, down to even the more obscure, independent ones – if you find yourself wanting some The Shepherd’s Pie at Bedok North, Foodpanda can get that to you. It also works by keying in the postal code of your delivery address; Foodpanda will then generate a list of restaurants that deliver to your address, with varying delivery charges and times.

Website/App: / App available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store

Delivery fee: Varies with restaurant and location; for example, delivery from Nando’s at Junction 8 in Bishan to our office in Toa Payoh North costs $5, while delivery from So Pho at Nex in Serangoon goes up to $10.

Delivery time: Ranges with restaurant and location; the 47 restaurant options available to our office address have delivery times ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Payment methods: Cash on delivery, PayPal available for selected restaurants

Minimum order value: Varies among restaurant, but typically from $15 to $30

Can deliver to: Islandwide, as long as there are partner restaurants within delivery distance


3. Grain

No fast food or hawker dishes here – Grain is definitely for eating clean. The menu of this lunch-only service (Grain operates Mondays to Friday, 11am to 2pm) changes every week, featuring dishes cooked with healthier methods (e.g. sous vide or grilling) and healthier ingredients (e.g. cauliflower puree in place of mayo). Some examples of what’s on this week: a Strawberry & Arugula Tabbouleh Salad, Gyudon With Ramen Egg, and Mixed Seafood On Pumpkin & Mushroom Stew. Just head to the website to see what’s available for the day, and choose from there. If you’re within the CBD, you can just pick up your order at designated Grain Hotzone delivery points; there is no delivery charge for that. Picking up your food at a Grain Hotzone also gives you the option of building your own customised meal from the day’s available ingredients.


Delivery fee: Free within Grain Hotzone delivery points, $9.50 for other locations

Delivery time: With each order, you can select a time slot within Grain’s operation hours to receive your food. It’s possible to have your food delivered in as short as 15 minutes.

Payment methods: Online debit/credit card payment only

Minimum order value: None within a Grain Hotzone; $30 for delivery outside of Grain Hotzone

Can deliver to: Islandwide


4. The Foodist

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The Foodist’s Tasting Box service is for when you and your colleagues want to try a restaurant set meal, but are too lazy to leave your desks. It curates a selection of restaurants, and builds “Tasting Boxes”, i.e. takeaway set meals, from the restaurants’ menu highlights. Just pick a restaurant to try, and they’ll deliver the set meals to your office, to help make dreaded lunchtime meetings a little more bearable. While there is usually a minimum order of 5 sets or more, look out for promotions on certain Tasting Boxes that waive the delivery fee and minimum order quantity. Also note that you can’t order them on a whim – most boxes require orders to be made at least 2 days in advance. The current selection of restaurants include mid-priced restaurants such as Bottura, Slake, and Enoch’s European, and Tasting Box sets are priced from $15 onwards.


Delivery fee: Free if you pick up your order at one of the four pickup locations within the Central Business District; $30 for delivery to your office

Delivery time: Collection time is set between 12 to 12.30pm at the pickup locations

Payment methods: Paypal, online debit/credit card payment, cash or cheque upon delivery

Minimum order value: Varies with restaurant; ranges upwards from at least 5 sets

Can deliver to: Islandwide; self-pickup locations only within CBD


5. hawker

The name is self-explanatory: this is a hawker food delivery service. It was borne out of the founders’ realisation that there was a gap in the market for delivery services for hawker food – sometimes you just want a steaming plate of char kway teow in front of you, but you’re too lazy to head to the nearest hawker centre to get it. Options currently only include hawkers located in the central district, but since the app was launched just last month, we’re sure this will expand soon enough. hawker currently runs on an app, and to use, just key in the postal code of your delivery address, and the app will generate a list of hawker food options that can be delivered to your address.

App / Website: Available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store /

Delivery fee: From $4.50

Delivery time: Within an hour

Payment methods: Online debit/credit card payment

Minimum order value: $12

Can deliver to: Areas with available hawker partners; currently only within central Singapore