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Deliveroo vs foodpanda vs UberEats – What Are the Differences in Price and Variety?

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Joanne Poh

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Remember those days when you would actually step out of your house to buy food when you were hungry? Me neither.

Ever since food delivery services appeared on the scene, they’ve been a huge hit in convenience-obsessed Singapore. After all, who wants to step out into the steamy night air when you can have your food delivered to your doorstep for a few bucks?

With so many food delivery services out there delivering everything from hawker food to fancy restaurant meals, it can take a while to choose. Here are your options.

 

Deliveroo

Variety

You’ve seen the Deliveroo riders with their iconic green and black backpacks.

They’re popular for a reason—their range of eateries is very wide, and covers everything from neighbourhood zi char and prata stalls to hipster cafes and atas restaurants. What you will not find are fast-food options like Burger King and McDonald’s.

As a general rule, their selection of eateries is more atas than that of the other two food delivery services on this list.

Here’s a selection of what they have on offer.

Delivery to Central (Raffles Place):

  • Jewel Coffee
  • Saladstop!
  • Cedele Bakery Café
  • The Marmalade Pantry
  • Dong Dong Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • SPRMRKT
  • China Square Fried Fish Soup
  • Blu Kouzina
  • Hyangtogol Korean restaurant
  • 4Fingers Crispy Chicken

Total number of eateries that deliver to Raffles Place: 404

Delivery to Westside (Jurong West):

  • Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
  • Thai Express
  • Seoul Garden HotPot
  • Prata Wala
  • Fish & Co
  • Oldtown White Coffee
  • Gelaré
  • Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
  • Hot Tomato
  • Ming Fa Fishball Noodles

Total number of eateries that deliver to Jurong West: 47

Delivery to Eastside (Pasir Ris)

  • Sakae Sushi
  • Streats Hong Kong Cafe
  • Coffee Hive
  • Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
  • Pepper Lunch
  • Itacho Sushi
  • Ritz Apple Strudel
  • Yolé
  • QQ Rice
  • Ssiksin

Total number of eateries that deliver to Pasir Ris: 97

Delivery charges

Flat fee of $3.

Minimum order

$12.50 until 5pm

$18 after 5pm

 

foodpanda

foodpanda used to have the widest selection of restaurants on offer, but now Deliveroo seems to have caught up. They’ve now got a similar number of eateries as Deliveroo.

foodpanda’s biggest differentiating factor is that they offer more budget options, including fastfood like Burger King and Subway, which will appeal to diners on a budget. They also seem to have more hawker/zi char options and fewer atas restaurants than Deliveroo.

Delivery to Central (Raffles Place):

  • Paul
  • JUMBO Seafood
  • Folks Collective
  • Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
  • Teppei Syokudo
  • Super Loco Customs House
  • Pasta Fresca
  • Sedap Ayam Penyek
  • Asia Wine Network
  • Song Yuan Bak Kut Teh

Total number of eateries that deliver to Raffles Place: 455

Delivery to Westside (Jurong West):

  • Long John Silver’s
  • Ji De Chi Dessert
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Old Chang Kee
  • Al Ameen Kampung Seafood Restaurant
  • Sinyi Seafood Garden
  • Ming Fa Fishball
  • Zaffron Banana Leaf
  • Swensen’s

Total number of eateries that deliver to Jurong West: 66

Delivery to Eastside (Pasir Ris):

  • Nando’s
  • Magic Wok Restaurant
  • Each A Cup
  • Heavenly Wang
  • Hua Zai Roasted Duck
  • Yi Jia Seafood
  • Old Street Bah Kut Teh
  • Ice Cream Skool
  • A-One Claypot House
  • Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe

Total number of eateries that deliver to Pasir Ris: 78

Delivery charges

Varies according to the restaurant. Some offer free delivery, with about 300 restaurants a month taking part in the promotion, while others will indicate the fee they’re charging. In practice, however, the typical delivery fee is about $3.

Minimum order

$12 (as of Feb 2018)

 

UberEats

UberEats is one of Singapore’s newer food delivery services, but the app has already clawed its way up into the top three.

Their strength is in their wide selection in Singapore’s central area, where they have a truly massive selection of eateries. On the other hand, their suburban selection pales in comparison to FoodPanda’s.

Their eateries in central Singapore are on the atas/hipster side, while their suburban selection is more like FoodPanda’s, with lots of zi char-style and affordable/budget eateries as well as fastfood options like McDonald’s.

Delivery to Central (Raffles Place)

  • Common Man
  • Hanare by Teppei
  • The Cufflink Club
  • Bitters & Love
  • Kith Cafe
  • Porn’s Sexy Thai Food
  • Beaujolais
  • Ho-Jiak
  • Muthu’s Curry
  • 2D1N Soju Bang

Total number of eateries that deliver to Raffles Place: 833

Delivery to Westside (Jurong West):

  • Founder Bak Kut Teh
  • Yu Kee Duck Rice
  • Marché Mövenpick
  • PocoLoco Microbrewery
  • ButterNut
  • Popeyes
  • Kimly Seafood
  • Mufiz Restaurant
  • Sin Eating House
  • Sarpino’s

Total number of eateries that deliver to Jurong West: 44

Delivery to East (Pasir Ris)

  • Xiao Man Niu Mala Hot
  • Enji Traditional Wanton
  • V8 Juice Bar
  • Feng Feng Hainanese
  • Tonkichi
  • Penang Culture
  • Saap Saap Thai
  • Tender Fresh Classic
  • Dong Cheung Kee
  • West Grill Station

Total number of eateries that deliver to Pasir Ris: 68

Delivery charges

Flat fee of $3.

Minimum order

None

 

So what’s the verdict?

Deliveroo is our top pick if you’re looking for a carefully curated list of stylish eateries. The layout of their website makes it easy to browse through the restaurants.

The FoodPanda site is a bit more chaotic, but given the number of budget options and the free delivery filter, this is our top pick if you’re looking to dine on a budget.

As for UberEats, their main selling point is not imposing a minimum order. This makes it a good option for those who are eating alone or making small orders. They’ve got a ginormous range of restaurants in the city centre, but a less impressive selection in the heartlands. However, the fact that you can’t browse their restaurants on your desktop is a pain, as it is quite inconvenient to look at their full list of eateries on a tiny mobile phone screen.

Have you used any of the above food delivery services? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.