Just Eat delivers

Pide delivery through Just Eat

We’re back ordering take-aways through Just Eat after a few weeks trying out Deliveroo (unsuccessfully).

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Peynir Pide – Feta cheese, hellim cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, fresh mint & fresh tomatoes

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Three pidesSucuk (beef pepperoni, chicken sausages, mushrooms + fresh tomatoes), Acili Sebze (mushrooms, red onions, peppers + green chillies) + Kusbasi (roasted lamb, spicy minced lamb, green chillies, crushed red chillies, red onions + peppers) and feta salad

Last night we ordered a delivery from old favourite, Pide the grandfather of pizza, through Just Eat. Easy to order, the Turkish pizzas and salad arrived promptly within the hour. The order was correct; pizza was fresh and hot, salad chilled, and all very tasty.

Check out this earlier review of Pide

Just Eat
– easy to use website
– many restaurants to choose from
– reasonably priced
– fairly reliable in that food usually arrives within the hour and is usually hot (any issues are generally taken care of in time for your meal)
– a takeaway aggregator that lists menus for its users, Just Eat passes orders onto the restaurants for them to deliver the food to customers (Just Eat gets commission)

Deliveroo
– website has limited functionality (eg. you can’t ‘favourite’ your preferred restaurants) but does have really appealing food photography
– limited number of restaurants to choose from
– over-priced in that Deliveroo charges restaurant prices for ‘restaurant food’ but without the restaurant experience
– a delivery service that doesn’t take responsibility when there’s an issue with an order – the customer is left trapped somewhere in between the restaurant and Deliveroo’s (lack of) customer service
– food usually delivered by bicycle courier meaning food can be scrambled and cold
– the artful food photography on their website does not reflect what the food looks like in real life
– unreliable in that they use a pool of rider-couriers and can not always guarantee couriers in your area

Luciano’s wood-fired pizza deliveries in SE London

Anyone who likes a good stone-baked, Italian-style pizza will know how difficult it is, to get it delivered in the Lewisham area of South East London (sure, deliveries from the likes of Papa John’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, etc are plentiful – say no more).

But then I saw this instagram post by @SouthLondonClub about Luciano’s:
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Check out this short video-clip on Instagram

Being late home from work this evening, I decided to give them a try. I phoned and ordered two 12″ pizzas. I was unable to order salads and side veggies as apparently their kitchen where ‘other food’ is prepared was out of order. I was told that only the pizza kitchen was working. So I ordered a third pizza, totalling £30.00:

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Selection of pizzas from Luciano – vesuvio; fiorentina; create-your-own

  • Vesuvio – mozzarella, tomato, onion, salami + meatballs @ £10.50
  • Fiorentina – mozzarella, tomato, spinach, Grana Padano cheese, egg, black olives @ £8.50
  • Parma ham, mushroom + black olives @ £11.00

 

Delivery time was expected to be about 45 minutes but was closer to an hour and a half. By the time it arrived, it wasn’t hot. But it was nice enough.

Luciano’s delivers to a 2.5 mile radius around SE12, SE3, SE13. That’s these areas:

  • BR1 Bromley
  • SE10 Greenwich
  • SE12 Lee
  • SE13 Lewisham
  • SE14 New Cross
  • SE3 Kidbrooke
  • SE4 Brockley
  • SE6 Bellingham
  • SE9 Eltham

If you have a South London Club card, there’s currently a 10% discount off Luciano’s deliveries. And now, you can use Just Eat to order online.

The verdict: Finally, good wood-fired Italian-style pizza deliveries in South East London. It’s reasonably priced and long overdue. Hopefully, the teething troubles preventing ‘other food’ apart from pizza being available, and slow delivery will be overcome.

Alternative option: They don’t deliver, but the fabulous La Pizzeria Italiana will do take-away orders if you collect.

 

Luciano’s info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Italian, stone-baked pizza (deliveries)
– Address: 129-131 Burnt Ash Road, Lee, London
– Postcode: SE12 8RA
– Tel: 020 8297 0800 – or order online
– Website + menus: Luciano’s website
– Photos on flickr: Luciano photos on flickr

Luciano's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Winner – Chinese delivery

It’s take-away time. The other night we decided to order a take-away and settled on Chinese for a change. Well, I say Chinese but New Winner’s menu is more Chinese-come-Thai-come-Asian-fusion.

Our Chinese banquet and carpet picnic began with:
~ Vegetarian spring rolls @ £1.90
~ Sesame prawn toast @ £4.10
~ Chicken satay on skewers with onion, cucumber + special satay sauce @ 4.20
~ Tod mun Thai fishcakes @ £4.30
~ Aromatic crispy duck (a quarter) with 6 pancakes, cucumber, spring onion, and hoi sin sauce @ £7.00


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Tod mun Thai fishcakes, seseame prawn toast, chicken satay


Chinese cuisine is possibly my least favourite but I do love crispy duck pancakes when done properly. And these didn’t disappoint (the duck was roasted and crispy with little trace of fat, pancakes were paper thin and light, and the hoi sin sauce was great). The tod mun fishcakes weren’t the best I’ve ever tasted but they weren’t bad by any means.


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Crispy duck pancakes – crispy, shredded duck with a great hoi sin sauce


For main course, K chose beef in black bean sauce with green peppers (tender beef stir fried in a special black bean paste with onion, pepper and carrot) @ £4.40 and mushroom egg fried rice @ £3.40, while I had vegetarian Thai green curry (stuffed full of crispy tofu, water chestnut, Chinese mushrooms, carrot and bamboo shoots) @ £3.80 with steamed white rice @ £2.20.


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Thai green curry with tofu + veggies


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Beef in black bean sauce + Thai green tofu curry


Haute cuisine this aint. But for a good value, convenient and *not overly unhealthy* Chinese delivery option, New Winner was a hit. We’ll order again, not frequently. But we’ll be back.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Chinese, Asian
~ Address: 278 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London
~ Postcode: SE13 6JZ
~ Tel: 020 8690 7614
~ Website + menus: New Winner website
~ Photos on flickr: images of New Winner food
~ Location: New Winner map
~ Delivery through: Just Eat


RELATED LINKS
More Lewisham Borough take-aways:
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico – eat in or take-away
~ FS2 – Turkish deliveries
~ Pide – Turkish pizza
~ Sapporo Ichiban – Japanese/sushi collections
~ Turkish Kitchen


New Winner Chinese & Thai on Urbanspoon

Turkish Kitchen – Catford

We don’t eat a lot of take-aways (honest) but this week we’ve had two. Both Turkish. Both ordered through Just Eat. And both possibly from the same people as it turns out (I only happened to notice that Pide and Turkish Kitchen have next-door addresses when writing this blog post).

So, it’s a Tuesday night and we fancy some Turkish meze type sharing food. Turkish Kitchen fits the bill.


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Turkish Kitchen meze – grilled lamb kebab, sucuk, borek, halim, falafel


We order:
Starters
~ Sucuk – Turkish garlic sausage @ £3.75
~ Borek – deep fried filo pastry filed with creamy Turkish cheese + parsley @ £3.55
~ Hellim (halloumi) – Cyprus cheese, charcoal grilled @ £3.95
~ Falafel – pan-fried balls of ground chick-peas, garlic, onions, celery, dill and parsley, served with hummus @ £3.45

Mains
~ Incik Guvec – lamb chunks stewed for hours in spices + vegetable sauce to give a soft delicate texture, served with rice @ £9.45
~ Iskender Kebab Izgara – charcoal grilled lamb fillet cubes served with butter coated homemade bread with yogurt + special Anatolian sauce, topped with drizzled butter @ £9.45


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Slow stewed lamb – Incik Guvec


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Mixed salad


The Turkish mixed salad was something else. I defy anyone who claims not to like salad, to dislike this mix of leaves, hummus, olives, cous cous, etc.

All good quality, tasty fresh food and reasonably priced.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Turkish
~ Address: 15 Catford Hill, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4NU
~ Tel: 020 8613 9370
~ Nearest station: Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website: Turkish Kitchen website
~ Menu on Just Eat: Turkish Kitchen menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Turkish Kitchen food
~ Location: Turkish Kitchen map


RELATED LINKS

More Catford dining:
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ FS2 – Turkish deliveries
~ Mekan
~ Sapporo Ichiban


Turkish Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Pide – Grandfather of pizza

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Another gorgeous Pide delivery through Just Eat – July 2017 

Turkish pide is the original pizza so the story goes: an Italian misheard an Ottoman sailor whose mouth was full of the stuff and it became known as pizza. Apparently.

Who knows if there’s any truth in the tale. More importantly, who cares. An interesting alternative to pizza (oval shaped bread base instead of round, with Turkish food toppings) our experience was a good one.

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from a “traditional Anatolian recipe dating back thousands of years”

We were excited to discover PIDE on Just Eat on Sunday evening. We both love Turkish food and fancied something easy like pizza, so – a perfect combination.

There’s a deal for three pides for £16.95 at the mo, and the selection certainly doesn’t resemble your average pizza menu. We chose:

Mantar – Mushrooms, tomato puree, onions, garlic, olive oil, cheddar, mozzarella cheese and dried red basil
Peynir – Kashar cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella, onions, fresh mint, parsley + tomatoes
Meatballs – Lamb meatballs, onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, cheddar + mozzarella cheese

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Mantar pide (mushroom)

I absolutely love mushrooms, they’re one of my favourite foods. There was nothing disappointing about this mantar pide at all. But it was the least exciting of the three.

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Peynir pide – cheesy kashar + feta with fresh mint leaves

You could say the peynir pide is a Turkish take on a cheese feast but with its contrasting bitter cheese and fresh mint leaf flavours, it’s original. And amazing.
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Lamb meatballs pide Succulent spicy lamb meatballs in a tomato-ey sauce.

Need I say more? Go on, give it a try.

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Turkish, pizza
– Address: 15a Catford Hill, Catford, London
– Postcode: SE6 4NU
– Tel: 020 8690 0543
– Nearest station: Catford, Catford Bridge
– Website + menus: Pide website
– Pide on Just Eat: PIDE on Just Eat
– Photos on flickr: images of Pide food
– Location: Pide map

RELATED LINKS More Catford dining: – Catford ChippyEl Poco MexicoFS2 – Turkish deliveries – MekanSapporo Ichiban

Pide on Urbanspoon

Woondal – Indian deliveries

For dinner this evening, we both wanted authentic Indian (as opposed to my homemade) and felt like trying somewhere new.

We had a browse of Just Eat and settled on Woondal (a Hungry House ‘Top Takeaway 2013’).

As ever, ordering and paying online through Just Eat was straight-forward. The estimated delivery time was one hour, but pleasingly it arrived after about 45 minutes.

For starters we shared:
~ Sheek Kebab – minced lamb flavoured with nutmeg, mint, brown onion + ginger, cooked in the tandoor @ £3.75
~ Paneer Tikka – six cubes of paneer marinated in a tangy sauce, with salad + mint sauce @ £3.25 *divine*
~ Onion Bhajis – sliced onions mixed with chickpeas, lentils, flour + spices, deep fried to a crispy texture @ £3.25 (four chunks)


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Woondal starters (l-r): chunky onion bhajis, paneer tikka cubes, sheek kebab


All of the starters were really tasty. The chunky bhajis were full of flavour (nice and soft in the middle in contrast with their crispy shell) and the minced lamb sheek kebab was also really tender, spicy and tasty but the highlight was the paneer tikka (marinated cheese with barbecue flavours) – gorgeous.


For main course I had Bengali fish fry @ £8.45 – a whole fillet of tilapia (lightly battered in a spicy flour coating) served with seasoned sliced onions, peppers and tomatoes (a dry dish, no sauce) which was very good but not dissimilar to something I regularly cook (and is easy to cook) at home.


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Plentiful onions, peppers and tomatoes in the fish fry – a dry dish


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Woondal signature dishes: Bengali fish fry (left) + lamb shatkora (right) on coconut rice


K had ordered lamb shatkora @ £7.45 – described as “lamb cooked with the finest Indian vegetable, shatkora, which releases a wonderful fragrant aroma”.

The nicest way of describing this is that it was like chewing a lemon hand-wipe. Shatkora is a citrus (from Bangladesh I think) and while it was supposed to “release a fragrant aroma” and give a citrus flavour to the lamb, it completely overpowered it (I suspect a slippage with the shatkora quantities…). K couldn’t eat any of it, neither the sauce nor the lamb. It wasn’t pleasant and it got left.

Including a side of coconut rice @ £2.95 and two breads – a chapati @ £1.20 and plain nan @ £2.25 – the total for this food delivery came to £33.00. We’ll definitely order from Woondal again but we’ll avoid shatkora.


Left over lamb shatkora
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To avoid wasting the lamb shatkora the following day I looked up ‘how to negate the flavour of lemons‘ and found this helpful advice on ehow.com. I added butter, plenty of tomato sauce and rosemary to combat the overpowering citrus flavour, which did work to a certain extent.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Indian, Bangladeshi
~ Address: Delivered from 5 Ascot Parade, Clapham Park Road, London, SW4 7EY
~ Deliver to: SW4, SW2, SW8, SW9, SW11, SW12, SW16, SW17, SW18 & SE17, SE21, SE24, SE27, SE5, SE15, SE22
~ Open: Sunday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5.30pm -11.30pm
~ Tel: 020 7627 2099 / 020 7720 0169
~ e: info@woondal.co.uk (or catering requests to: catering@woondal.co.uk)
~ Nearest station: n/a
~ Website + menus: Woondal website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Woondal food


RELATED LINKS

More Indian deliveries (South West London):

~ Noiya – Indian restaurant + deliveries, Battersea
~ The Gurkha’s Diner – Nepalese restaurant + deliveries, Balham


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Barakah – bringing fine dining to your door

We’ve had a couple of deliveries from Barakah recently and are intent on working our way through their excellent menu (healthy, exciting Indian with a bit of a Bengali and Goan twist).

Their strapline is “bringing fine dining to your door”. And I can’t dispute it; it’s mighty fine.


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Starter selection
Photography courtesy of Keith Fryer


For starters tonight we share:
~ Khas shiek kebab – Minced lamb rolled in finely chopped peppers, onions, herbs and spices then skewered to grill perfection @ £3.50
~ Vegetarian platter – A specially prepared platter of goats cheese, samosa, onion bhaji and aloo choff (mashed potatoes + vegetables rolled in cashew nuts then fried until golden) @ £3.95
~ Butternut aloo – spicy butternut potatoes @ *complimentary*


Other starters we’ve tried, include:
~ Bengal fish tikka – Tikka fish marinated in traditional Bengali spices and grilled in the tandoor (gorgeous grilled, tasty fish!) @ £3.50
~ Murgh kofti – Spiced shredded chicken in mashed potatoes (like a fish cake but a chicken cake, in breadcrumbs. Gorgeous) @ £3.50
~ Onion bhajis – Snack of crisp, spiced onions and gram flour fritters (you get three onion bhajis – really nice – with a bit of an aniseed flavour in there, probably fennel seeds) @ £2.25


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Tasty, fresh mixed salad including olives + complimentary butternut aloo


And for main course tonight we share:
~ Lamb jalfrezi – Pieces of meat or chicken cooked in chopped onions, ginger, capsicum, tomatoes green chillies and special spices @ £5.95 (Gorgeous tender lamb but seriously hot, I can’t eat very much of this… much to K’s pleasure)
~ Goan fish curry – Tilapia fish cooked in the special Goan style @ £7.95 (really good, I’ll have this again for sure)
~ Mutter paneer – Peas + homemade cheese @ £2.95 (very coconutty, quite sweet, offering a nice contrast with the spiciness of the main meat dishes; nice large chunks of paneer too)
~ Nan – Indian bread baked in the tandoor @ £1.95
~ Boiled rice @ £1.95


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Main course – clockwise from top left: Lamb jalfrezi, Goan fish curry, mutter paneer (nan in background)
Photography courtesy of Keith Fryer


Other mains we’ve tried include:
~ Mirch Goan Masala – Chicken cooked with dry red chillies and tangerine pulp @ £6.95 (this has a real spicy kick to it; it’s hot but slightly less hot than lamb jalfrezi)

It is what it says on Barakah’s literature: “fine dining [brought] to your door” – great quality Indian food, and reasonably priced.

We’ve ordered on both occasions through Just Eat but if you order direct from Barakah’s own website there’s currently a 10% discount.

Barakah is open 7 days a week, 5.00pm to 11.00pm

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Barakah on Sydenham Road


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Indian, Bengali
~ Address: 299 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London
~ Postcode: SE26 5EW
~ Tel: 020 8778 6007
~ Nearest stations: Sydenham, Lower Sydenham, Forest Hill
~ Just Eat: Barakah menu on Just Eat
~ Barakah website + menus: Barakah website + menu
~ Food photos on flickr Barakah food pics
~ Location: Barakah map


RELATED LINKS
Nearby dining – Catford SE area:
~ Catford Bridge Tavern
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ FS2 – Turkish food
~ Mekan – Turkish food
~ Sapporo Ichiban – Japanese


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