A food blog will rarely give a full picture of a blogger’s eating habits, not least because of repetition of favourite recipes, which are cooked often but only blogged once, naturally.
But the other reason is that we seldom blog takeaways. I’m sure a few bloggers do, now and then. And I imagine there are even a few blogs dedicated to nothing but takeaways. But most of us tend to ignore, in our writing, the nights in with a delivered pizza, Indian or Chinese.
Pete and I have always enjoyed takeaways, no doubt too many of them when we were younger, though we eat fewer of them these days. Pizza, Indian, Chinese… yes and also Thai, Turkish / kebabs and fish’n’chips.
Where once we used to call to place an order, and swear darkly when we realised we’d lost the leaflet (with both menu and phone number) of the place we’d fancied on a particular evening, these days we go online. Phone orders were always my job but when the digital revolution happened, Pete took over.
He’s been using Just Eat to place our orders for several months now, and has found it very convenient. After entering your postcode, the site provides a list of all the restaurants it has on its books which make deliveries to your address. You can easily filter these by cuisine and sort them by which are closest to you or which have the highest user ratings.
The site takes into account which are open at the time you access the site, and lists those first. You can choose to also view those that are closed, with many allowing you to pre-order for when they do open.
Click on a restaurant to view the full menu and use the straightforward “+” buttons to build your order. It’s easy enough to cancel something if you make an error or change your mind.
Many restaurants also list special offers, such as free items based on the value of your order, though read carefully as some require you to make mention of these in the comments field to claim them.
Ordering online means you can pay with a card, which makes life easier if you don’t have the cash to hand.
There are weaknesses – when I usually order from a favourite Indian place, I ask them to make me an egg curry; it’s not on the menu but they are always happy to make it for me. There’s (quite fairly) no mechanism to do this online, as there’s no way to establish a price and include it in the payment. And some restaurants have forgotten to include their drinks offerings online so if you fancy the beer or cola you usually add to your order, you’re stuck! Both fairly minor issues.
Payment is straightforward, but do make sure you wait until the order is confirmed. As the Just Eat system needs to send for and receive confirmation from the restaurant, this does take a little more time than we’re used to in today’s world of click and confirm a second later.
The subjectof the confirmation email put a smile on my face by thanking me for not cooking!
One reason takeaway reviews don’t much feature on blogs is that they’re definitely not photogenic, as you can see.
However, this takeaway from local Xian restaurant was excellent. Xian is the priciest of the Chinese takeaways in our area, by some margin, but the food is good and worth the extra.
Given the sheer cost of printing and delivering regularly updated takeaway leaflets through the doors of all their catchment neighbourhoods, I’m guessing that local restaurants are very glad of increased custom via sites such as this. From our point of view, we’ve found it more convenient too.
Just Eat have offered one lucky Kavey Eats reader a £50 credit voucher to use on their site, so you can enjoy a great local takeaway on them!
Their coverage across the UK is excellent. Type your postcode in to see if they list any restaurants in your local area.
HOW TO ENTER
You can enter the competition in 3 ways:
Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, telling me which kind of takeaway is your favourite and why.
Entry 2 – Facebook
Like the Kavey Eats Facebook and leave a (separate) comment on this blog post with your Facebook user name.
Entry 3 – Twitter
Follow @Kavey on Twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter!
Then tweet the (exact) sentence below.
I’d love to win £50 to use on @JustEatUK from Kavey Eats! http://goo.gl/TusfM #KaveyEatsJustEat
(Please do not add my twitter handle into the tweet; I track entries using the hashtag. And you don’t need to leave a blog comment about your tweet either, thanks!)
RULES & DETAILS
The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 26th July 2013.
The winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
The prize is £50 credit to use against one or more orders placed on the http://www.just-eat.co.uk/ website.
The prize cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
The prize is offered and provided by Just Eat.
Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Kavey Eats accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. One Facebook entry per person only. You do not have to enter all three ways for your entries to be valid.
For Twitter entries, winners must be following @Kavey at the time of notification. For Facebook entries, winners must Like the Kavey Eats Facebook page at time of notification.
Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
The winners will be notified by email, Twitter or Facebook. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
Kavey Eats received a credit to cover a complimentary order from Just Eat.