In which JD orders a takeaway over the internet

OK, this is the last product review for a while. I promise!

Last weekend, FuelMyBlog gave me the opportunity to test out gratis. In a nutshell, it's a website that lets you order takeaways over the internet. Handy if you're stuck subbing a supplement until late in the evening.

Tap in your postcode and Just-Eat lists a selection of takeaways that will deliver to you. Refine your search by selecting a 'Type of Food' (we went for Chinese), pick a restaurant, read customer reviews, browse the menu and then place your order. That's pretty much it, apart from this good things/bad things list:

Good things about

  • You can order a takeaway without having to speak to anyone. Handy if you are antisocial, have a sore throat, or always argue with your partner about whose turn it is to phone.
  • You can pay for your takeaway with your debit or credit card when you order it. But if you want to pay with cash when the food turns up, that's fine too.
  • As you select your dishes from the menu, the website provides you with a running total so you know how much you're spending. No more maths!
  • Just-Eat has a loyalty scheme: eat food, earn points. Mind you, who needs another reason to scoff more prawn crackers?
  • The menu you're looking at is up to date. That's better than spending 20 minutes picking a dish only to phone up the takeaway and be told it's not on available any more.

Bad things about
  • Not every local takeaway is signed up. I'm guessing the service might not be so great in rural areas - but I live in London so can't say for sure.
  • After you place your order, there's a nerve-racking wait as Just-Eat contacts the takeaway. We had no problems, but it was a pretty scary 60 seconds or so.
  • It's trickier to browse an online menu than it is to browse a printed one. Those slow web reading speeds get me every time!
  • Not much use if you live in the States...


Anonymous said...

Brilliant though sounds, nerve-racking or nerve-wracking?

Neil said...

I'm a sucker for Bombay Bicycle.........

JD (The Engine Room) said...

When I wrote this post, it did take me a moment to decide on 'nerve-racking' over 'nerve-wracking'. The OED Online gives good examples for both.

There's some useful info on the Random House website regarding 'rack' and 'wrack' in different contexts.

Anonymous said...

Everytime I walk around Neasden area (North West London - if you didn't know) I see alot of potential restaurants I want Just-Eat to sign up. I have used Just-Eat for quite some time to order Pizza and no complaints from me or my brother so far. I recommended a restaurant that I want to order from because I have to drive there and pick it up (so just-eat said they will look in to it). Thumbs up to your blog.


Anonymous said...

Is this the same as ?

Anonymous said...

why not try while they don't allow electronic ordering they are trying to get every takeaway menu scanned and online, and they have a competition for submitted menus