5 convenient food ordering apps besides foodpanda and GrabFood curated by us

Check out these essential penny-pinching apps that’ll help you get to your fave food faster!

1. Eatsy: Pre-order and Pick-up

Punning on the simple words ‘eat’ and ‘easy’, this app allows patrons to browse through the entire menu of a restaurant without the stress of the people behind breathing down your nape.

All you have to do is pre-order and pay through the app, then collect your order within the stipulated time.

User Interface and Experience:

The layout is generally intuitive, with discount and promotional highlights resembling IG stories pinned up on the main page for quick reference. Eatsy also allows you to favourite particular stores so you can access them easily the next time by retrieving ‘favouries’ at the screen’s bottom.

Pro(s):
Saves time, cashless, and you may order at your own pace. The app also offers attractive promo codes for new / first-time users.

Con(s):
There is a limited list of restaurants and eateries currently available on the app, mostly located in the central business district. More stall options will surely increase usage of the app.

Platform available on: iOS, Android

2. Koufu Eat – Order & Pay in Advance

This app allows you to skip queues while saving time and money when you drop by selected food outlets under Koufu, including Gourmet Paradise, Happy Hawkers and Fork n Spoon (halal food court). Simply browse and select your meal. A wide variety of payment methods are available, from DBS/POSB credit, debit card to Paypal and PayLah. Those who are financially prudent will also be glad to enjoy a 10% discount* off counter prices by ordering through the app (*excludes campus outlets).

After selecting your preferred outlet, you will see the different stalls available. Simply enter and place your order for preferred dishes virtually; be sure to choose ‘takeaway’ if you aren’t dining in.  

User Interface and Experience:
We like that the app allows switching between English and Chinese text, and also how there are customisation options for beverages, such as less/more sugar and ‘kosong’.

Pro(s):
Good variety of food choices to choose from, and 10% discount adds up to good savings over time!

Con(s):
Not every Koufu outlet is available on the app, and like other food order apps, certain stalls come without images.

Platform available on: iOS, Android

3. eatigo – discounted restaurant reservations

Eatigo offers time-based discounts of up to 50% off, every day and at all of its 4,500+ restaurants, and it is available in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India Philippines and Indonesia.

User Interface and Experience:

We like how restaurants are neatly categorised on the home page (a-z/new/top 50). However, the seemingly never-ending scrolling from top to bottom might be jarring for new users. Restaurants and eateries also display value-for-money factor, location, type of cuisine, reviews by patrons as well as similar, suggested restaurants.

Pro(s): Discount perks, no pre-payments or hidden costs, many food choices to choose from, available overseas as well.

Con(s): Reviews have mentioned glitches concerning discount codes and account registration.

Platform available on: iOS, Android

4. Frasers Experience: Makan Master

Part of the Frasers Experience app (previously known as Frasers Rewards), Makan Master lets you skip queues so you can enjoy your favourite food at your convenience. You may either reserve a table or make takeaway orders, and make payment with a DBS/POSB card or PayLah! An attractive perk is that users can earn 2 times Frasers Points with every order. Reservations can also be made this app.

User Interface and Experience:
We like how the app allows you to choose the date and time for pick-up before dish selection. Although the app included a prominent ‘BACK’ button on the top left corner, this user habitually tapped the ‘back’ button on my phone, which caused me to go back to the main ‘services’ screen.

Pro(s):
Discount perks, good user interface, menus are up-to-date. Covers all 14 Frasers Property Retail outlets in Singapore (as of September 2019).

Con(s):
We saw many pull-up banners at physical shopfronts advertising the attractive perks of using Makan Master, but only takeaway is allowed (and not dine-in), which might put patrons off.

Platform available on: iOS, Android

5. WhyQ: Hawker Delivery

This app aims to “bring Singapore’s favourite hawker food to you”. Focusing on hawker food delivery as opposed to other apps, it also includes monthly subscriptions and corporate catering and meal plans – with three differently priced tiers for those who would like their meals sent to them conveniently – making catering part of its business mix.

The app offers a range of affordable local delights and delivers whether you order food for yourself or even the entire office, with a ‘bulk order/event’ option for bigger events.

User Interface and Experience:
The app interface is rather elegant and cleverly prevents users from selecting the wrong location by prompting at every step.

Pro(s):
No minimum order, discount perks, reasonably wide variety of food options to choose from. Delivery fee, kept low at $1.50 and covering various parts of the island, is another plus.

Con(s):
Some reviews have mentioned tardy deliveries and incomplete items arriving.

Platform available on: iOS, Android

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