(Third in a series)
This week, we list food delivery services, pabili apps and restaurants and brands that offer ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat meals.
Food delivery services
Food delivery services continue to operate, but with shorter hours and fewer options because not all restaurants are open.
Foodpanda offers free delivery and asks for patience if you don’t get your orders as fast as you used to—totally understandable, given the situation. The restaurants available will depend on your location. In the past week, Foodpanda has delivered to me Tadeo nachos, Yi Fang milk tea and, my new source of joy, Merry Moo ice cream. (Waiting for Merry Moo to restock its Cheesy Mamon flavor so I can order again.) GrabFood
Restaurants available will depend on your location. Grab riders receive your food orders through the app and place them for you at the restaurants. It’s a good idea to call the resto first to make sure it’s open and what you want is available (some outlets are not offering their full menu) so the rider doesn’t waste a trip. Here’s something nice that you can do on the Grab app, too: Donate meals to front-liners through the McDo Kindness Kitchen. You can also get food for your driver when you place your order.LalaFood
LalaFood gives you access to restaurants within 6 kilometers of your location, though some establishments can serve customers only within the same city. Delivery is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
If your choice of restaurant or shop is open but isn’t available on the food delivery service providers, you can turn to pabili or pickup services. LalaMove
LalaMove can pick up your goodies for you—that’s how I got my bread from Kamuning Bakery. And if you didn’t pay for your purchase online or via bank transfer, the rider can do it for you (up to P2,000), you just have to pay an extra P50 purchase service fee. If you’re really, really hungry, you can add a priority fee (it’s like a tip) so you get matched with a driver faster. GrabExpress Pabili
GrabExpress Pabili, formerly known as GrabAssistant, is available in certain locations. It can buy for you items worth up to P2,000. MyKuya
Think of MyKuya as your personal assistant. You can ask it to buy you food from restaurants worth up to P1,000. If it exceeds that amount, MyKuya can go to you first to get the money and then proceed to the restaurant. It also offers Grocery Delivery, Coffee Delivery and other services. Ready to cook
Mongkok is selling frozen siopao and siomai from its commissary in Pasig at discounted prices. A dozen pieces of siopao is just P144.
Two dozen pork siomai is just P192.
Sous Vide Station
Sous Vide Station offers steaks already cooked sous vide. Just grill or sear them and they’ll be ready to serve in five minutes. Payment is through BPI or BDO transfer.
Tokyo Tokyo’s stores may be closed for now, but you can purchase some of your favorites for cooking at home like beef yakiniku (P350 for 600 grams), wagyu cubes (P300 for 12 sticks), chicken teriyaki (P700 for 10 pieces) and more. Order through Online
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The Bistro Group
The following The Bistro Group restaurants are open for pickup or delivery via GrabFood or Foodpanda from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: TGIFriday’s (tel. 0995-4814847) and Italianni’s (tel. 0916-4612182) at Bonifacio High Street; Buffalo Wild Wings at Uptown Parade (tel. 0917-1779188); Denny’s at Eastwood City (tel. 0919-6046366), Robinsons Place Manila (tel. 0927-3920798) and Uptown Parade (tel. 0917-6294442). Low Brow
The company behind Bad Bird, Fowlbread, Flowerboy and Beefier are making it possible for you to order your favorites from anywhere in Metro Manila.
Missing your The Grid favorites? Order from Tsuke-men, Samyan, La Chinesca, Bucky’s and more using thegrid.eunoiaph.com. Check The Grid’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thegridfoodmarket) to find out which stalls are open on the day you want to order. INQ