May 25 2011

The lazy truth of Bangkok’s delivery meals

Published by at 5:32 am under Food

You know those days when leaving the house for any reason feels tragically impossible? Maybe the day’s low temperature is 41 or it’s been pouring since lunchtime and you’ve just set your perm. In comes the too-good-to-be-true reality of delivery in Bangkok. Many of the tastiest restaurants in the city do have delivery service with private numbers to call. But now you’re thinking, what if I am just passing through Bangkok and I don’t know what the tastiest  restaurants in the city are? Well let me introduce you to two dear friends: Food By Phone and ChefsXP.

Feeling like a good day to order in.

Both websites are Bangkok-based food delivery services, featuring excellent lists of menus and restaurants to choose from. You can order directly from these sites, cutting out the middle steps of researching a restaurant or figuring out if they deliver.

The Food By Phone site is a little more user-friendly and modern and includes a Top 50 list of the most popular restaurants on the site, ideal for out-of-towners who aren’t sure what’s good. Orders can be placed online or by phone with delivery charges dependent upon your location.  ChefsXP is not as spiffy a site but with a flat rate delivery charge of 60 baht, it is a more frugal bet if you’re staying further afield.

Of course, these treat havens have a closing time, which is a sad reality for those of us requiring food during the witching-hours. The guiltiest of sinful pleasures (for some) is 24-hour McDonald’s delivery, where the delivery men arrive on motorbike with a jet-pack filled with nuggets. Outwardly right now you may shake your head with disgust, but somewhere deep, deep inside you may be thinking, “that’s brilliant”. You don’t need to tell me if I’m right or not, but I’ll give you the delivery number just in case: it’s 1711. And it’s fine, I won’t tell anyone if you use it.

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3 Responses to “The lazy truth of Bangkok’s delivery meals” ...

  1. Brockon 26 May 2011 at 8:31 am

    Oh the secret shame of the early-hours McDonalds order. THE SHAME.

  2. Jaaaaaaaaaaalion 26 May 2011 at 4:38 pm


  3. Peteron 16 Jul 2012 at 7:40 am

    With the abundant selection of Thai food available 24 hours a day throughout the city, why anyone would be eager to part with ten times the price for mediocre Western or other non-Thai fare is utterly beyond me.