My work is largely home-based but I go out so much that it feels like having an office job. And like any office job, there are times when I come home late, tired, and hungry. Everyone has eaten dinner so I have to wonder where I’m going to get food.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who can relate to my predicament. And I bet there are plenty more who live alone who have to cook after a long day at work and the commute. Eating out every day? What a concept.
I discovered a new delivery service that prepares hot, ready, and delicious meals prepared by chefs and delivered on the day itself. It’s called City Chef and they believe in delivering home-cooked favorites straight to their customers’ doorsteps, right in time for dinner.
It’s easy to order, too. Simply go to the website, create an account, and select your meals. The entire month’s menu is already there so you can choose when to order. Most of the dishes are Filipino like Beef Pares, Kare Kare, and Pork Adobo sa Gata, but there are also Western dishes like Roast Chicken Breast with Gravy, Caesar Salad, and Salt and Pepper Spareribs.
Every now and then they invite chefs to create special recipes. On February 21, Chef Noel Mauricio will prepare Beef Bourguignon and French Beans with Marbled Potatoes.
I tried the service by ordering two dinners and here’s what I thought:
Dinner 1: Burger Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Pumpkin Soup
City Chef promises to deliver their meals before 7PM and it’s true. The meal arrived before dinner in reusable and microwavable containers.
For my first dinner, I had the Burger Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Pumpkin Soup on the side. I liked the burger steak because the mushroom gravy was generous and flavorful. The soup was thick and rich. You can tell the chefs mushed pumpkins to make the soup instead of adding other stuff to make it creamy. I’m a soup guy and I love vegetables so I enjoyed pouring it over my rice.
You can order the solo meal or a family meal (two to three pax). I got the family meal and the servings were huge!
Dinner 2: Bangus in Olive Oil and Pancit Bihon
Like the first dinner, this dinner arrived before 7PM so I was able to enjoy it right away. Again, the servings were generous and I loved the bangus, which was drenched in the slightly-spicy olive oil. The fish was selected well and there was plenty of meat to go around. The pancit bihon remains faithful to the classic dish and it brought back memories of childhood parties. While I do love a good plate of spaghetti, nothing beats our local pancit bihon.
City Chef serves residential and offices across Metro Manila, so this is perfect for neighborhoods who don’t have access to other delivery meals.
Solo meals come in at P280/day or 250/day if you get a five-day package (P1,250). Family meals come in at P490/day or P450/day if you get a five-day package (P2,250). Delivery is free!
Now I don’t have to worry about coming home to an empty fridge!