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Published June 4th 2014
Too lazy to cook? Order with Menulog
When it comes to Indian food, I am not easily impressed. Hailing from sunny Singapore where Indian food can be found on almost every street corner, I have tried many types of Indian food. In fact, you name it – naan, rogan josh curries, parathas, thosais and etc – so boy was I in for a surprise when I decided to use Menulog to satisfy my Indian food cravings one fine day in the midst of a busy afternoon when I was far too busy to make dinner.
Menulog, the No.1 website for online takeaway is a fairly new discovery. Having been approached by their friendly people after they had read one of my earlier articles on Weekend Notes to do a review for them, I decided to kindly oblige by logging on to the fairly easy to use Menulog website to look for what exactly I can order. Having had a faint notion of wanting Indian food for dinner, I was directed to my local Menulog suburb page after putting in my postcode. Boy, was I too spoilt for choices at all the types of food that I could have for dinner that day.
After a quick Google on some of the restaurants that was listed on the suburb page, I quickly decided on Nataraja Indian Restaurant. The ordering process was too easy. All I did was choose what I wanted, added them to the cart and check out afterwards.
It was so easy that I reckon online shopping could even be harder. What mostly impressed me was the fact that 1) they had the Paypal option, 2) there was a 25% off for first orders and most importantly for me… 3) you could choose your own spiciness level. Good job, Nataraja! Bonus points for being thoughtful to a spice junkie like me.
After placing my order, a quick text came from the restaurant itself to confirm my order and to provide an estimated delivery time. While the delivery time wasn't accurate, however the delivery boy was polite enough to make up for it.
I ordered for two, but somehow Nataraja was so generous with their portions that I felt that I could have fed 3 or even 4 small eaters (bearing in mind that my partner who was eating with me was a monster when it comes to food).
The lamb biryani that I ordered was also particularly succulent and tasty. The portion was also so huge that I felt that I could never finish it! The other dish that I ordered, the Goat Curry was also particularly commendable. I felt that the meat could have been slightly more tender but the spice made up for it enough, along with the flavourful saffron rice that was complimentary. I would highly recommend the lamb biryani. Having had substandard Indian food for the longest time in Australia, Nataraja's lamb biryani was an eye opener.
All in all, I felt that Menulog as an online takeaway service that really delivered. Sometimes when we come home after a long day, all we want to do is to lie down on our beds and to forget about everything. The hassle of food sometimes becomes too much to even think about, it is therefore at times like these that websites like Menulog really delivers (ah… technology!)
For those who are thinking of trying out Menulog's services after my review, simply stay tuned to read my next post where I will be doing a collaboration with Menulog to give out 2 x $15 vouchers that you can use for any orders on Menulog.
Now for those who have tried out Nataraja or Menulog before, what are your 5 cents on them?