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Food Delivery Shootout: Comparing Dinein and Food Panda in Chennai


[dropcap]O[/dropcap]rdering food has never been so easy. It has literally come down to click and eat. We take a closer look at two players in the food delivery industry and see where they stand. 

Round 1: Reviews Online:

 Yes, yes, word of mouse. I did some digging and: 


Further concerns in the entire tirade

1. One of my calls, I was told the’system is down’ and we can not track orders 2. Twice I asked to be routed to a supervisor, but never really was connected in spite of being on call for close to 3-4 minutes 3. A confirmed order which was already dispatched was informed as cancelled causing unnecessary anxieties and worries The entire experience, I would rate as 1/10 The only positive being the ease at which we place order but beyond that nothing was easy Mimimum Stars to be given is 1. Given a choice I would have rated 0 stars.

I called to order from a Restaurant called Wok a Tok in T Nagar. I live 10 min from this restaurant. I called at 7:15pm to place an order. I was on hold for 3 minutes and then I got and option for a call back. I chose to do that. I get a call at 7:41pm. I received my delivery at 9:10pm. Worst service ever. This is my first and last time. When I complained, they said that they had too much business and are very busy. Just try an dial 49101010 and see if you can connect to a person in less than 3 min. This is a wednesday not even a weekend.

Foodpanda stood at a whopping 25 reviews and at 4 reviews. I must say people have gone into great detail for the bad reviews in particular.

So going by the bad review score, bags this round.

Round 2: The Choices: seems to offer more in this category- but that could be due to the fact that they offer groceries too. Foodpanda appears to have around 35 restaurants in a random search on ‘Nungambakkam’ – but any Chennaite could name many more. 

Round goes to 

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Round 3: Websites:

Easy and user-friendly. Both businesses have good websites. Although, where Foodpanda scores is the menu. You don’t have to be a foodie to want to see your food when you order it. Foodpanda totally understands. falls behind where you have to order from a ‘list’ (Oh, dear god.) and the site is a little sluggish at checkout.

Foodpanda Kung-fu’ed this round.

Round 4: Social Media Presence:

Both brands have pages on Facebook and Twitter and keep them up and about. Going by the numbers, Foodpanda is light-years ahead. Bigger brand, you may argue. But a war’s a war. And needs to catch them up. 

By numbers alone, Foodpanda has pulled the Panda on for this round. 

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 And there you have it folks. When it comes to food, there can be no compromises. So think hard and make the right click.