-Are you a totalfoodie who likes to enjoy your favorite foods in the comfort of your own home? Is time constraint keeping you from meal prepping? We live in an era whenour schedules and eating patterns have made us heavily dependent on food apps and takeaways, even if we are fond of cooking.
But, how well aware are you of food apps other than the one you usually use? Are you making full use of those available to you? Tired of ordering more just to accommodate the minimum order limit set by the company? Is the expensive delivery charge holding you back from ordering in? Here are the top three online food vendors that are serving food at its best.
Foodmandu and Bhoj need no introduction, as they are giants in this business. Whereas, Online Khaja was something I stumbled upon while looking for other food delivery options, as Foodmandu’s minimum order limit (Rs.400) for a one-person meal, and thedelivery charge (since I live far from the selected restaurants), was getting heavy on my pocket.
Without any doubt,there is not anyone who has not heard of Foodmandu when they think of ordering in, as they were the first company to introduce food delivery and convenience to Nepali customers that forever changed the way people view traditional ways of having food only at home or restaurants. Foodmandu is always up-to-date on new restaurants on the block and quick to add them to their list of restaurant partners. Mouth-watering pictures of dishes, regular giveaways and attractive deals, prompt service, along with a visually aesthetic app and website to complement—one can tell Foodmandu is using their resources well to market themselves out there, screaming, ‘We are the best in this field!’
Then,cameBhoj to challenge Foodmandu’s unwavering motto. Similar to Foodmandu, Bhoj is catching up on this race to be the best, and is practically in the same league as Foodmandu. The best aspect ofBhoj is that they process your order within the app and keep you updated with constant notifications of your order until it is delivered. Saves you the trouble of answering the call to confirm your order, and wonder where the food went if it is not delivered within the time period they have set, which is pretty neat.
Bhojalso has aBhoj wallet that gives you credits with every order. You are getting cashback, which you can use to pay for your next order. Another thing that sets Bhoj apart from the other companies is that there are in-dining offers on their app that you can present while dining at their partner restaurants to get exclusive discounts.
Online Khaja, although operating on a smaller scale and with limited restaurant partners, is creating a niche for itself, as they have popular restaurants that are not included in the other two apps, like Han Kook Sarang and Sky Café Boudha. They also cover a wider range of delivery locations at a lesser charge. It would have cost me my sanity if I had to go back and forth in this traffic, and with the inconsistent petrol price hikes, to enjoy my food. Their only downfall is that they have yet to come up with an app like the others, and you will have to order from their website.
All three services have different delivery charges. While Foodmandu’s delivery charges decrease as the order value increases, and stays constant at Rs.50 for orders above Rs.1500, Bhoj’s delivery charges amount to Rs.50- Rs.100, with free delivery provided on any order above Rs.1000. Online Khaja’s charges are based on distance, and it gets relatively cheaper as the distance increases, but the maximum stands at a reasonable Rs.100 for a distance of 10km and beyond. That is good news for people who live far from their selected restaurants, where the giants fail to deliver. Cash on delivery is accepted by all three food vendors. However, Bhoj and Online Khajaaccept E-sewa payments, as well. Bhoj also offers Paypal and credit/debit card options for international users who want to place orders for their close ones residing in Nepal.
If you ask me which one I prefer, I would suggest keeping all three delivery services in mind and using what they are offering to your full advantage would be the smartest choice for now. All three have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the true winners out of this race are the customers whom, if well informed (as they are now), will reap all the benefits.