Thursday, October 9, 2014

Menulog- My new favourite app.

I used to work in a call centre. Surely that is enough of a reason to explain how much I dislike talking on the phone, especially if I have no idea what they are offering me on the other end.
I've been living in Woodville Park, suburban Adelaide, for almost 2 years now and there is a huge range of multicultural restaurants around here- ones I drive passed and ones I hear of. Let me explain how those two seemingly separate sentences go together.

One word: Menulog. Food delivery made simple.

Menulog is a website and an app that will give you a list of local restaurants and menus where you can either order food for delivery or pickup by simply selecting what you want and selecting how you pay.

The first time I used it, it was the day after my wedding. My muddled brain was longing for indian food and I wanted to shout a surprise meal for all of my friends who were at my house after helping with the big day.

I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across the site as I was trawling the internet, trying not to look obvious about what I was up to, but somehow it appeared.

Menulog asked initially for my postcode. Easy. That's 5011. A list of restaurants that service my suburb appeared on the screen. The choice was fantastic (and it is constantly growing every time I check it). I discovered places I had never even heard of, offering discounts and deliciousness. Menulog supplies reviews of the restaurants that they feature with a star rating, making it easy to get a good idea of the quality of food that you are about to order.

On this fateful night, I chose a restaurant called Spicy Garden. I was able to click on the menu, choose the items, how much chilli I wanted in them, pay by paypal and have it delivered within the hour.

Shortly after ordering, I was sent a text message and an email informing me that my order had been received and that it would be delivered at "such and such" time.

As I am obviously vegan, there was a section for comments where I simply wrote, "no egg, no dairy please", as the restaurant had a wide range of vego options that I could choose from. I also ordered a ginger beer, and as they didn't have any, they were kind enough to call me and offer a substitute.

My buddies were stoked with the surprise of a tasty meal to fill their bellies. We lazed on bean bags and watched movies whilst chowing down on veggie curry, dahl, rice, naan and pakoras.

It was a pretty good night, where we were all left full with satisfaction.

Since that fateful night in April, I have used Menulog maybe once a fortnight, trying out different restaurants and gaining loyalty credits from the ones that I frequent.

It's so handy, I have even ordered it on my way home from some various outing as I've known when it would arrive. The menus are all at the tip of your fingers and so there is no need to clutter your fridge with paper or call a restaurant and wing it.

Best of all- it doesn't cost a thing, and if you don't see one of your favourite restaurants, you can suggest it and Menulog will contact them.

This is a sponsored post, but I stand by these statements. When I was approached by the Menulog team, I was more than happy to be a part of helping them gain exposure because it's a brilliant food delivery service that you should know about and I have been using for months already.

Happy eating. x

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