On my last night visiting a friend in Shanghai in 2010, she introduced me to Sherpa’s for ordering food. “It lets you order from any restaurant that has delivery and that will deliver to your area,” she said. “Isn’t that awesome?”
It was awesome, not just for the convenience factor of not having to look up multiple restaurants but the fact that in a group of people you can technically all order from different places if you want. Sherpa’s is particular to major cities in mainland China, but there are other similar food ordering options popping up around the world. Here are a few additional ones depending on where you are on the globe.
Seamless – US and London
Now that I live in New York City, I use Seamless quite often for take-out. Similar to Sherpa’s, you can find restaurants that deliver to your neighborhood with a large range of cuisines and price points. You can order straight from the web site or a mobile app; the order is then sent to the restaurant, which confirms by email that it’s preparing your food. It’s great that you can pay for everything, including the tip, online and not have to talk to anyone on the phone. It’s perfect for nights when you want to be a lazy hermit in front of your DVR.
Just-Eat – UK, Ireland, Canada, India, Norway, Italy, France, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands
One of the older food ordering services, Just-Eat technically launched way back in 2001. They now have nearly 40,000 restaurants listed and nine million registered users. This service focuses on independent restaurants over chains, helping them compete with the larger franchises. Similar to Seamless, you can order via web or app.
EatNow – Australia
My former home doesn’t have nearly as many restaurants as places like America or the UK, so this service of just 2,000 establishments makes sense. I can attest from living in Sydney that it can be tough to figure out which restaurants will deliver to your area or which ones are still open after 10 p.m. If you arrive late into a city after the hotel restaurant has closed — or there is no hotel restaurant of which to speak –, EatNow can save your stomach. One of the finer points of this service is that it sends you an SMS or text message after your order has been placed. You also have the option to pay by cash, card or PayPal.
TastyKhana – India
TastyKhana is one of the first online food ordering services in India. More than one million users in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad can order Indian, Punjabi, Mughlai, Chinese, Italian and additional types of cuisine and pay via cash, card or net banking. You can track the status of your order and if you don’t like something, there is a 100% money back guarantee.
What are your favorite online food ordering services around the world?
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