We all have days when we want to just curl up on our couch, in our PJs, binge-watching our favourite show. And order in some comfort food. We suggest you chuck your usual go-to restaurant flyers and check out these delivery-only services instead.
These guys take their Indian-cuisine tag very seriously. Khanabadosh (meaning a nomadic person) are committed to getting flavours of different locales of the country and usually they go to the source to get it right – the matriarch or the head cooks of traditional households. The menu is a work-in-progress with the team constantly travelling to get their hands on the most authentic recipes.
We are big fans of their Delhi Butter Chicken (Rs 300), one of the best we have had in the city; the Goan Fish Curry (Rs 350), also made with prawns; and the subtly-flavoured Mutton Biryani (Rs 300). The delivery usually takes about 45 minutes and arrives in great packaging – spill-free plastic containers for gravies, rice dishes and a foil box for tandoor items.
Delivery Zone: East Pune – Viman Nagar, Kharadi, Yerwada, Kalyani Nagar, Koregaon Park and a few nearby areas. They are also planning on starting operations in Aundh and Kondhwa in a few months.
Call them on 9850044744
The Secret Chef Next Door
Psst… We are letting you on a secret, and a delicious one at that. If you are craving for continental comfort food, Sajjani Nair is your go-to person. Her venture The Secret Chef Next door is strictly takeaway and operates out of her home. There’s a bunch of hearty fare like savoury pies, roast meats and chowders, to name a few.
They don’t have a full-fledged menu, but there is a vast inventory to choose from and the dishes are customised as per your preference. The standout dishes were the Seafood Chowder, the Chicken Roulade and Chicken and Bacon Pie. The prices depend on the dishes and the portions you order, but a bill for four (including appetisers and mains) can run up to anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500. You have to pre-order the food at least a day in advance and for those looking at bulk orders, do it at least two-three days prior to the event. To get it delivered, you need to order for a minimum of four people and for now, they only cater to a max of 20 people.
Delivery Zone: You can pick up the food from Sajjani’s kitchen at Dorabjee Enclave, Salunkhe Vihar Road, Wanowrie, NIBM.
Call them on 9960938121 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rasse Ani Maase
Anand Dixit runs two meal services – a pure-vegetarian tiffin service and an equally pure non-vegetarian home delivery food service. The latter has a short menu featuring only five dishes. The star seller from the list is Chicken Kadipatta (Rs 200), a starter dish of juicy chicken in a curry-leaf marinade. Equally recommended is the Kolambi Biryani (Rs 300), a unique take on prawn biryani.
The items are sold by plate as well as by the kilo, but you have to notify them at least two hours in advance. For orders beyond five kilos of food, they suggest that you call them at least two days in advance.
Delivery Zone: They are based out of Kothrud and offer free delivery within a 2-km radius of their kitchen. Beyond that, they charge Rs 5 per additional kilometre.
Call them on 9405539345 or 7767059855
MealTango became popular with its then-unique concept of a pay-and-dine platform. The idea was to give people a chance to eat home-cooked food from a local’s home. The founders soon realised though that not everyone, including ardent food enthusiasts, were comfortable dining at strangers’ homes. So now there’s an additional feature where you can order in from a particular ‘host’ online. The food is prepared at various kitchens across the city and is delivered to your doorstep by MealTango.
A new curated menu is available to choose from every day and includes continental, oriental and Indian fare. Right now, they only deliver evening snacks and dinner for which the order has to be placed before 3 pm on the same day. You need to make a minimum order of Rs 200.
Delivery Zone: They deliver everywhere in Pune except in a few areas on the outskirts.
For the daily menu, check www.mealtango.in or call them on 8928523737
When Zipmeals started about eight months ago, they weren’t prepared for the high demand and complex delivery logistics. They have now decided to discontinue the meal service – soon.
While we will miss the spectacular Khandeshi Thali and the fluffy Puran Polis, we are happy to report that they will now supply artisanal condiments from across the country such as vegetarian and non-vegetarian pickles, jams, cheeses, masalas and different types of honey; all of which are free from preservatives.
We recommend the rare Lychee Honey (Rs 150), Assamese Pork Pickle (Rs 150) and the Parsi Dhansak Masala (Rs 65). If you want to try a little bit of everything, a membership worth Rs 300 a month gives you a tasting box with about eight different items. If you’re a member, you can also get into special food workshops.
Delivery Zone: All across Pune. Delivery time depends on the availability of the products.
Check out www.zipmeals.in or call them on 7028904304