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Tiffin Services In Mumbai

I’m a self confessed-forever-hungry kind of person. So, when I finally got bored with the regular food (oh please, everyone has this love-hate relationship with their ghar ka khana), I started toying with the idea of ordering lunch at work. My mom was offended, almost teary-eyed. She couldn’t fathom the fact. Although I explained my “Variety is the Spice of Life” funda, she refused to buy it. After a few weeks, she calmed down. Praise the Lord for that!

Updated the blog post with one more tiffin service. Scroll down to read!

For the past several months, I’ve been ordering food from various tiffin services in Mumbai. Five-Six nine to ten months to be specific. Looking for tiffin services isn’t easy I must say. I had my priorities and most of them didn’t fulfil it. The most important being:

1. Hassle Free Online Transactions
2. Variety in food options
3. Non-veg tiffin
4. Value For Money
5. Healthy tiffin

While researching, some services asked me to pay a refundable deposit. I’m assuming it’s for the tiffins. I wasn’t comfortable with it. Since, I already had planned to switch between services, this option was little cumbersome.

I’m happy with the three tiffin services that I’ve tried- Spice Box, Foodees, Dial-a-Diet and two restaurants on cloud- Get Lunchin and Hola Chef

I have summarized my experience below:

1. Get Lunchin

I strongly recommend to try this Get Lunchin if you are looking for a ‘restaurant jaisa slightly healthy but sumptous’ khana!

For more details, read my blog post here: https://musingsofabombaygirl.com/2015/03/24/order-home-cooked-food-in-mumbai/

2. Hola Chef

They call themeselves restaurant on cloud! Fancy isn’t it. Variety food for affordable price. Read the complete review here:

https://musingsofabombaygirl.com/2015/05/31/online-food-ordering-hola-chef/

I’ve used this service for more than three months. The have a very active social media team and the problems/queries are addressed very quickly. Their newly introduced mini meals is just perfect No rice, Three Chapatis, One Veg/Non Veg dish.

Pic Courtesy: Spicebox.in

What @AyeNuMe likes:
1. Option of having a mini meal
2. Alternate tiffin plan: You receive veg and non-veg on alternate days
3. Easy online transactions
4. Neat packaging reusable and microwave friendly containers
5. Tiffins aren’t repeated during the week
6. Friday surprise a new dish that’s either Chinese, Italian or something different altogether
7. Sumptuous food The quantity is just enough. Even if you have a HUGE appetite, their regular meals will suffice

What @AyeNuMe dislikes:
1. Wouldn’t call it exactly “healthy” tiffin. Dishes sometime have a tad bit of oil floating around
2. Though the tiffins aren’t repeated, they get monotonous. After three weeks, you get used to the pattern!

Value For Money: It cost me something between 2000-3000 INR including the dabbawalla charges. I have tried their alternate full meal plans and the non-veg mini meals.

What the website says

Many of my colleagues complain of lack of food choices amongst Mumbai Tiffin services. If you like having continental or Multi-Cuisine food everyday foodees is where you need to look. They are priced slightly higher than the other food services. But on the offsite, they offer a wide variety of preparations.

What @AyeNuMe likes:
1. New menu every week: Yes, they send friendly reminders every weekend about the new menu
2.  6 meal options to choose from: From Salads to Sandwiches to Indian to Continental, they have covered a variety of cuisines
3. Specials:They once had Kolkata specials. The menu sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling too ambitious that week. Wish I had given it a try 😦
4. No hassle of a minimum order- You can order any number of tiffins.  I quote them directly here: “You can place orders for your meal daily or weekly. We leave it upon yourself to order as you please. Just make sure your order for the next day reaches us prior to midnight a day prior.”
5. You know what’s in your tiffin- Some people like surprises, while some need to know exactly what’s in their tiffin. So when you pre-order for the entire week, you will only be surprised by the goodness of the food
6. PASTA- I’ve made countless number of colleagues jealous. They couldn’t believe that I get pasta in my dabba. Cool, no?
7. Discounts if you pay 3000 or 5000 INR in advance

What @AyeNuMe dislikes:
1. Higher price point compared to other tiffin services
2. Pre-ordering for the entire week on the weekend can be tiresome. (Well, I’m lazy. Once, I even forgot)
3. Keeping a tab: You need to deposit a lump-some and then order every week.  So calculating the amount left in your account is again cumbersome. Though, I pestered the foodees team with constant emails, they were kind enough to be patient and provided screen shots of the orders. Plus points for that
4. Not so sumptuous food quantity: Quantity is always debatable. With pastas, I feel they can increase the quantity. I’m always left wanting for more.

A snap-shot of how their menu looks like. Do check out their complete menu.

Value For Money: I paid 3000 INR  and received a discount of 10%. Enjoyed their food for about four weeks. Have tried veg and non-veg variants of their Salads, Sandwiches, Indian and Continental meals

5. Dial-a-Diet

Currently I am ordering  my dabba from this service. Their motto is to deliver calorie counted food that’s not bland. It’s been only three weeks that I’ve started. They send a note with the calorie chart of your tiffin for that particular day. They take two days to process your order and work on a 20 day service. Trials are of 4 days.

Pic Courtesy: dialadiet.in

What @AyeNuMe likes:
1. You have a choice of choosing the meal as per the calorie level. I picked the low-calorie one and am very happy
2. Sumptuous food and variety: I get a soup, salad, curry, dal and three chapattis. That’s quite a lot!
3. Nutritious yet yummy food- Their menu has everything that spells HEALTHY. Yet it’s tasty. I look forward to their soups and salads. Who knew, healthy food could be so delicious. (I meant dabba food)
4. No repetitions: So far, they’ve never repeated any meal.
5. Friday Speciality- They have something new every Friday.

What @AyeNuMe dislikes:
1. Packaging:They use disposable plastic containers. It can get cumbersome sometimes
2. They also send a packet of tissue, salt and disposable plastic spoon. According to me, this is a complete waste and can be avoided

Some of the options that they offer

Value For Money:  I paid a little over 3000INR for 20 meals; that’s a month. Going by the quantity of the food, it’s a steal!

Update: I switched to Spice Box after Dial-a-diet. They have changed their packaging. They now use disposable containers. However, I wasn’t too happy with the same. Dial-a-diet is the best option out of the three if you ask me.

6. What  2 Eat 

Though I did not subscribe to this tiffin, I have enjoyed the food of this tiffin service courtesy, my friend in office!

What 2 eat

What @AyeNuMe likes:

  1. Clean, disposable and unique packaging compared to other tiffin services
  2. New tiffin every day. You may never know what you might get the next day. In case you have preferences, you may notify the company of the same
  3. Veg, Non-Veg and alternate meals are available
  4. Pocket friendly. Meals start from 95INR (for veg) to 130 INR (for non-veg) per tiffin
  5. Healthy & nutritious food. Not a tiffin that serves too oily food

What @AyeNuMe doesn’t like:

  1. Sometimes, boring food is served. When you get used to fancy looking food, plain food becomes boring right?

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21 thoughts on “Tiffin Services In Mumbai

  1. Rahul says:

    Been using foodees.in for over a year now. Really love the meal variety and quality and the fact that you can customize your meal and pay accordingly. Their website needs a redo and some sort of order tracking.

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  2. Sabarish Nair says:

    Awesome reviews…!! Thanks a ton…I myself was a bit confused on which tiffin service to choose from, your blog really made that a lot easier…Thanks and keep blogging..!!! 🙂

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