I had heard of I had heard of JUST EAT, the food delivery aggregator many times in the past but wondered really how it would work – would I be paying inflated prices for the privilege of ordering online through a third party website when in many cases I could ring up the shop and order direct – of course the one problem with that is I have long had a phobia of phones and will only use on if it's a final option therefore takeaway ordering never makes it onto the list. So when I got the chance to review the website I thought hey who doesn't need some nice take out once in a while.
I was surprised at how easy the JUST EAT website was to navigate once you enter your postcode you can easily see at a glance what takeaways in the area allow you to order via the website – they even list if any have an special offers on (a couple near me were offering 20% off) and also if they are collection only restaurants.
If you have a lot of takeaways in your area you can narrow down the type you are looking for by choosing which type of food you fancy – Lichfield has 13 (6 of which were offline so couldn't be ordered from) we decided after much deliberation to go for a Millennium Fried Chicken – Ash had been wanting to give it a try for a while anyway so seemed like perfect timing all around.
Once you had decided on your chosen take out the next thing to do is check the menu – for some reason I was expecting a complicated system where the menu had been scanned in and then you had to.. Well I'm not sure what but that was far from the case with an easy to navigate menu provided.
Millennium Chicken offers a great view on just how simple this system is to navigate as a takeaway they offer a number of different types of food and drink from chicken to pizza, kebab to desserts and just scrolling down the page can end up with you in a very confused place – thankfully the categories to the left offer a simple way to jump to the type of food you are after. While the right side has a scrolling bar that shows you what you have ordered so far and just how much it costs with everything being able to be added and removed with just the click of a button.
Once you are happy with your order you just hit order now – payment is available by credit / debit card or cash on delivery (it would be nice to perhaps see paypal added as an option in future – or that could just be me being fussy!) – your order is sent through to the takeaway to accept which has taken anywhere between a couple of second and few minutes for me – then you are paid up and all you need to do is wait for it all to arrive and then hopefully enjoy.
You are able to leave a star rating on the JUST EAT site along with a comment on any takeaway you have used so well worth having a look at those before you order should you be trying somewhere new. I found the site so easy to navigate and it will definitely be a service we will use again in future.
To find out what takeaways are available in your area head over to the JUST EAT website now.
Have you ever used JUST EAT, what do you think of the idea?
*I was given some credit for JUST EAT to be able to try out the system.