Grab isn’t just about ride hailing anymore. They’ve now expanded into other services like GrabFood and GrabPay, and are fast becoming a company Singaporeans just can’t avoid using.
GrabFood (and Grab in general) built up their initial consumer base by being very generous with promo codes. Now that their main competitor Uber is out of the picture, there are far fewer promo codes… Which is disappointing. It doesn’t help that GrabFood uses dynamic pricing either (more on that below).
Whatever the case, GrabFood remains one of the biggest food delivery companies in Singapore, so here’s a useful guide on their fees, subscription plans etc.
GrabFood Singapore Guide (2020)
|GrabFood Singapore food delivery overview|
|Delivery fees||Dynamic pricing, usually $3 to $5|
|Minimum order||Depends on merchant|
|Restaurant selection||Mainly fast food, local food and lower mid-range options|
GrabFood food delivery restaurants
GrabFood’s restaurant selection focuses mainly on fast food, affordable and lower mid-range options.
So, you’ll find many of the big fast food chains like McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Subway. There are also lots of snack-type vendors like KOI, LiHo, Rochor Beancurd, Old Chang Kee and Jollibean, as well as lots of local eateries and hawker-type food.
Other than the above, here is a random sampling of what can be found in various zones.
- CBD – Too busy to leave your desk? Office workers’ staples like Heavenly Wang, Hill Street Coffee Shop, Coffee Hive, IRVIN’s Salted Egg and Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice are available via GrabFood.
- Bishan – To escape the crowds in this busy residential neighbourhood, many turn to Grab Food options like Ming Fa Fishball, Hua Zai Frog Porridge & BBQ, Imperial Bak Kut Teh and Din Tai Fung.
- Punggol – With few hawker centres, Punggol is an ideal location for the use of services like GrabFood. The selection includes Tender Fresh Classic, Xin Wei Mala Hotpot, Popeyes, Toast Box and Tim Ho Wan.
GrabFood food delivery fees
Perhaps one of the biggest pros of GrabFood is that for some merchants, there is no minimum order. If you’re lucky, you may be able to order $3 bubble tea and get away with it — but just know that your delivery fees may be the same price or cost more.
(GrabFood’s USP used to be that was no minimum order. However, some merchants recently introduced a small order fee.)
During “normal” times, GrabFood charges around $3 to $5 per delivery. Their dynamic pricing system adjusts this rate based on things like the order volume and number of available riders, which means it’ll probably cost you more to order during peak hours.
… Which, thanks to circuit breaker, is 24/7 now. I don’t know how true this is, but I’ve seen screenshots depicting $7+ delivery fees circulating the internet.
GrabFood subscription plans — sneakily removed, only bubble tea subscription left
In the few short years since food delivery services have become widespread here, Singaporeans have shifted their eating habits, and there are now many who are reliant on GrabFood, Deliveroo or Food Panda on a near-daily basis.
For such frequent users, subscription plans can be a huge cost-saver, right?
Theoretically yes, but with GrabFood’s current offerings, nah.
Currently, GrabFood only has 1 subscription plan and it’s for bubble tea (i.e. not food in general). You pay $12 per month to receive 5X $3 off vouchers which can be used at LiHO Tea, Gong Cha, Woobbee, iTEA, Hi Tea and Hey Long Cha.
Seeing as you can’t have boba as a full meal, this plan is not very useful.
Previously, GrabFood had a No Delivery Fees subscription plan, which offered 50X free delivery vouchers for $9.99 monthly. That worked out to less than $0.20 per delivery, assuming you actually manage to use all 50 vouchers. Not bad at all.
For the average user, this was more worth it than Deliveroo’s plan which costs $14.90 for unlimited free deliveries.
I don’t know if it’s that GrabFood decided to cash in on the Covid-19 situation and removed this subscription plan, or that it ran out (the website says subscription plans are in limited quantity), but either way, it’s a real bummer.
GrabFood promo codes & vouchers in Singapore (2020)
As mentioned, GrabFood promo codes are quite rare now. You can try your luck with these promo codes that we’ve sourced from the internet:
- EAT40 – 40% off on orders of $40 or more.
- 8TASTY – New customers get $8 off their first two orders.
- 5OFF3 – Get $5 off 3 orders.
Alternatively, you can check GrabFood’s blog for updates.
GrabFood payment – using GrabPay to earn GrabRewards
To use GrabPay for GrabFood, you must link your credit or debit card to your account, or transfer cash electronically from your bank account using the Grab app’s PayNow function.
As an added perk, when you pay using GrabPay credits, you get to accumulate GrabRewards points which can then be redeemed for vouchers, discounts and free deliveries. You can accumulate GrabPoints on not just GrabFood orders but also any GrabPay transactions, such as for Grab rides. If you’re a frequent user, the points can very quickly add up.
They also have a cash payment option, which enables you to pay the delivery rider in cash when he or she arrives at your location. But this is only available for orders below $50.
GrabPay does not accept Android Pay and Alipay at the moment.
Bonus: Best credit cards for GrabFood food delivery
Other than maxing out your GrabPoints, you can save even more money by choosing a card that rewards you for online dining. Most cards put food delivery in the dining category.
Here are some of the best cards to use:
Citi Cash Back Card – 8% cash back on dining when you spend at least $888 in a statement month
- Cash Back on Dining, including delivery from FoodPanda & Deliveroo
- Total Cash Back Cap, per month
- From Shell & Esso
- Up to 20.88% savings
Apply and spend $500 to get an Apple Watch SE (worth $419) OR the Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (worth $379) OR $350 Cash via PayNow! T&Cs apply
UOB YOLO Card – 8% cashback on weekend dining and 3% cashback on weekday dining when you spend at least $600 in a statement month.
OCBC 365 Card – 6% cashback on online food delivery when you spend at least $800 in a statement month.
For more recommendations, check out this article: 10 Best Credit Cards for Dining in Singapore — Miles, Cashback, Buffet Promotions & More
Are you a frequent GrabFood user or do you prefer one of the other delivery apps? Tell us in the comments!