Have you heard of Foodora? It’s the latest on-demand food delivery service to hit Vacouver, but the cool thing is that instead of using cars, they uses bike couriers! They also promise to have your food delivered within 35 minutes. They launched in Toronto and Montreal a couple of years back with great success and now they’re finally in Vancouver!
I was given a complimentary one time coupon code to give Foodora a try. At first I wanted to test the #DeliverAnywhere concept and ask to have it delivered to a skytrain station, but then I decided against that and asked for it to be delivered to the SFU University Campus in downtown instead.
I chose Asian Heritage Eatery out of their list of participating restaurants and ordered a variety of items for me and my friend. The cool thing about this service is that within the app, you can keep track of the progress and find out in real time whether the your order has been prepared, picked up, or on the way to you!
I was in an area with horrible lighting so please excuse the bad photos. Plus, takeout never looks as good as dining in. 😛
This was the Duck Rice Bowl ($15) and it was the best thing we ordered from the bunch. On top of the steaming white sushi rice laid a duck leg in Peking sauce, sliced duck breast, shredded duck confit (this I’m not 100% sure of), a soft boiled ramen egg, couple of salad leaves, and a generous heaping of fried onion.
For fifteen bucks, I thought it was pretty worth it considering the amount of effort required to make this dish. The flavours were rich, satisfying, and definitely a home run for anyone that likes the taste of Peking duck.
On the other hand, we tried the Chicken Rice Bowl ($11) and didn’t have the same thoughts. The deep fried chicken leg was a bit tough and dry (not sure if it was because it was take out) but it did make the whole dish dry. Without a lot of sauce, this was just deep fried chicken and rice which I don’t normally like because I am a sauce kinda girl when I eat rice.
You can never go wrong with ordering Deep Fried Cauliflower ($5). 😀 Needless to say, I almost polished this off myself.
Just for good measure I ordered one of their Baos to try as well. This is their Shiitake Mushroom Bao ($7) and it really is exactly as it says. The abundance of sauteed shiitake mushrooms, green onion, and crispy onions made for a very filling, indulgent bao. You can easily make a meal out of two of these baos even though they seem relatively small.
All in all, I found the Foodora experience easy, intuitive, and convenient. For a delivery fee of $3.50 for any order over $10 and $4.50 for anything under $10, it’s a great option for people working in downtown but don’t have the time to go out and buy. If you lump a few orders together, you will literally only pay a dollar or two to have it conveniently delivered to your office!
If you are interested in trying Foodora, feel free to use my referral link as it’ll give you $10 off your first order! (Make sure to open this link on your phone, with the Foodora app already downloaded)