[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]e’ve all been there – too busy to step out for lunch, don’t want to think about where to go and what to eat, or, simply, unwilling to brave the sweltering heat for lunch. But we don’t have to now, with the proliferation of food delivery services over the last six months. UK-based new entrant Deliveroo made headlines in November last year, after raising US$100 million (S$140 million) to expand into Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.
While meals on wheels are not a new service in Singapore, existing operators have so far offered mainly less healthy options from less premium sources. Not only are new players taking on the delivery service for the island’s top eateries, they are also planning fresh, nourishing meals that promise to be big on flavour and nutrition. From yummy snacks to local hawker favourites with a healthy twist, here are four to order from.
If you can’t get to the restaurant, let this two-month- old service bring the restaurant to you. Over 140 outlets have signed up, including Potato Head Folk, En Japanese Dining Bar, Park Bench Deli, Pho Stop and Kinki. For now, it delivers to five areas – Bukit Timah, Kallang, Katong, the CBD and Tanglin. Delivery is $3 flat, although there is a $5 surcharge for orders less than $25. Average waiting time is 30 minutes.
One of the first local health food delivery services, it promises nosh in 30 minutes. Personalise a meal or pick from weekly menus with global dishes like gyudon with ramen egg, mixed seafood on mushroom and pumpkin stew, and hickory smoked chicken with orange couscous. Every lunch box has a label that breaks down nutritional information. Free delivery around the CBD and Marina Bay area, and $9.50 everywhere else.
From taro strips and shiitake mushroom chips to peanut pretzel muddy bites (pretzels, chocolate chips, peanuts and cashews) and cheng tng mix (dried longan, goji berry and crispy lotus seeds), this snack guru has got the midday munchies covered. Each Boxgreen parcel is $19.90 (or $15.90, if you sign up for a 12-month plan) and consists of 12 single-serve packs. Price includes delivery fee.
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So you’re craving that fragrant nasi lemak but don’t want to add to your waistline. This subscription-based service knows what it’s like to be caught in between and offers local favourites with a healthy twist. For instance, rice for nasi lemak is tossed in virgin coconut oil and wholegrain brown rice is used for chicken rice. Monthly subscriptions range from $40 to $140 a month, depending on the number of meals ordered. Price includes delivery fee.