Getting food delivered at home in India is generally associated with special occasions, unlike in the West where people order in on almost a daily basis. Also, in India, eating what’s not cooked at home means rich food and unnecessary calories.
However, a change in lifestyle, earnings, eating habits and the sheer willingness of young Indians to try new products have prompted a do-over of food deliveries in India. Add to this the fact that urban Indians spend roughly 40 per cent of their income on food, and a makeover is more than justified.
Over the years the kind of food consumed by Indians has undergone an incredible transformation. Gourmet deliveries have witnessed a rapid expansion in the last few years and ordering food has seen a strategic shift from traditional, low-cost products to premium offerings.
Indiaretailing Bureau’s Charu Lamba brings to a list of some of the choicest gourmet food delivery options in Delhi:
11 Asian Haus
Need to know: Asian Haus, a subsidiary of FOODCRAFT, specialises in gourmet delivery, bringing a taste of the best in contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine to Delhi and NCR.
The brand strives to promote a healthier living by making a conscious effort to reduce the use of artificial flavours, oils and sugars traditionally used in Asian cooking. Moreover, by using imported products and sauces, they have been able to ensure that the food retains its authenticity.
Options: Japanese Udon Noodles, Orient Fried Rice, Korean Spicy Lamb, Cracking Corn, Basil Chicken Bao and Glass Noodle Salad to name a few.
Delivery details: Delivers in Delhi, Gurugram, Greater Noida, Noida and Ghaziabad
Cost: Rs 115 onwards
Need to know: Cookfresh, established in 2014, provides the tools the budding gourmet chefs need at home. They take away the hours of prep work or the hassle of finding a recipe and then shopping for the ingredients.
The consumers can select a chef-designed recipe and they deliver ready to cook ingredients to their door – from the cut meat and chopped veggies, right down to the essentials such as a teaspoon of cinnamon or a quarter cup of coconut milk. All that the consumers need to do is cook using the recipe card.
All of the ingredients are pre-portioned, chopped and labeled inside a biodegradable box, which is designed to keep the contents fresh.
Options: Skinny Orange Chicken, Chopped Thai Salad, Moist Chocolate Mug Cake, Chicken Vindaloo and a lot more.
Delivery details: Cookfresh.in currently delivers in Delhi and Gurugram. Their shipping is free on all orders and the minimum order amount is Rs 299.
Cost: Rs 169 onwards
Need to know: FoodCloud is an online portal that connects foodies with home chefs and caterers in Delhi-NCR. It is the best place for you to find and order gourmet home-cooked food made with love! On the platform, the food lovers can choose from a variety of cuisines and menus and have many mouthwatering treats delivered to their doorstep.
Every chef on FoodCloud participates in a tasting session before coming onboard.
Options: They specialise in both Indian and World cuisine and apart from this, they also serve side dishes and desserts.
Delivery details: They deliver in entire Delhi and NCR.
Cost: Rs 60 onwards
Need to know: HolyBelly is a food boutique and catering service known for bringing European inspired gourmet dishes to the table.
Going beyond the nomenclature of ‘caterers’, the brand loves to call them as people who like to pamper taste buds. Gastronomically anchored in the French and British techniques, HolyBelly’s intent is to ensure that customers savour every ingredient, the way it’s meant to be. Bringing the concept of Food by Mood, they work with customers to create the perfect menu for their every event.
Besides catering, they also specialise in customised gourmet gift hampers and client gifts, workshops and Chefs Tables!
Options: Goat Cheese Cromesque, Custard Pots, Polenta with Chives and Cream Cheese Dip and Figs and Goat Cheese Mousseline Salad among others.
Delivery details: They require a 48-hour advance notice for their catering service and a Chef’s Table.
Cost: Rs 1,800 per person
55 La Carne Cuts
Need to know: La Carne Cuts is the premier gourmet range of Primo Foods India. It produces a wide range of European inspired Charcuterie and value added meats manufactured and processed to stringent global benchmarks and supplied across India.
To maintain international standards, all plant and machinery has been imported from Germany and Australia. The entire operation from sourcing to finishing is under the strict supervision of our German Master butcher who has decades of experience across large German and Australian meat production units. He is ably supported by some of the most qualified and experienced people in the meat industry.
Options: Wood Smoked and Cured Hams, Gourmet Continental Sausages, Traditional German Style Cold Cuts, Bacon and other value added meats. Also included is a line of basic breakfast sausages and bacon that can be supported across various meats like chicken, pork, lamb and turkey.
Delivery details: They cover Delhi and Gurugram
Cost: Rs 100 onwards