Forget disappointing sandwiches, flasks of last night’s soup or a mad dash to Boots to grab a meal deal, as restaurant delivery service, Deliveroo, is revolutionising the way office-workers can lunch, and SoGlos undertook some serious investigative journalism to find out more…
With £100 to spend on seven hungry office workers, we took to Deliveroo’s easy-to-use website to discover Cheltenham’s offerings, with some top local and independent businesses involved, such as Simpson's Fish and Chips, Paparritos and Six Degrees of Separation proving to be ever-so tempting.
Eventually, after much umming, ahhing, and yumming, the Editorial Hub team decided on a delicious selection from one of its favourite restaurants, Kibou Sushi, while the Advertising Hub team opted for a hearty treat from Real Burger.
Following simple steps, we placed our orders and were told straight away they had been accepted by the restaurants, with a live tracker showing when the meals were being prepared, were en-route, and had arrived – proving very handy for office buildings or shared flats.
With a flat fee of £2.50 per driver, £100 was more than enough to feed seven, with two burgers, cheesy chips and drinks from Real Burger, and sushi galore, katsu curry, miso soup and more in the basket from Kibou Sushi – there was even change left over for next time we order.
While the meals arrived with a different driver per restaurant, we were kept updated throughout the whole process, and less than an hour after placing the order were tucking into a veritable feast, al desko, saving us from venturing outside on a wet and windy Wednesday.
Unfortunately, our drivers weren’t dressed in their Santa clobber, with its Spot a Santa competition offering up a year’s supply of Deliveroo for anyone who snaps a picture of a driver in fancy dress – just think of all the sushi that would get you!
Cooked to restaurant quality, with all the ease of a takeaway, the food was delicious, arriving warm, well-packaged and with not a chopstick out of place.
The selection of sushi from Kibou Sushi boasted fresh ingredients with melt-in-your mouth salmon and delicate tuna sashimi, and the California rolls even tempted one of our dubious sushi-sceptics, while the perfectly crisp chicken katsu curry and chicken yaki soba noodles were delicious more filling options.
Team favourite, Real Burger, offered great value for money, with the Emmental Swiss cheese, mushrooms and deli mayo beef burger; and the smoked cheddar and Gloucester old spot bacon beef burger, providing the perfect antidote to hump day.
Of course a burger isn’t complete without a side of fries, and the large hand-cut portion of skin-on fries proved popular with the whole team, with some hand-batting going on for those last few chips.
Following the feast with a round of strong coffees to chase away any post-food lulls, we returned to work feeling full and satisfied, with thoughts of packed lunches and soggy sandwiches seeming like a distant memory.
Perfect for office lunches, late night meetings and team celebrations, this delivery service isn’t just for the Saturday night takeaway, with speedy service, a wide selection of some of Cheltenham’s best restaurants and top quality food promising to be a popular choice for the lunchtime rush.
For more information call 0203 322 3444, or visit deliveroo.co.uk directly.
By Alice Lloyd
Thursday 17 December 2015
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