Eating Haveli’s food via the Hello Food mobile app

A smiling Hillary delivers my eats.
A smiling Hillary delivers my eats.

There are some pretty good apps out there but the interaction that I have been having with most of them tends to be along the lines of me downloading stuff and interacting with it to no end. So you have your Instagrams and your M-soras and what have you. Then I heard about Hello Food. I didn’t really understand what it was but I’m always happy to investigate and check out a new thing at least once. My theory is that as long as it doesn’t kill (or generally harm me) then why the heck not.

I eventually had to understand the concept. You go to a list of restaurants and make your order. Once the order is made, they deliver to your home or office and you pay for your meal. No extra charges to you from the menu and I couldn’t be too bothered to find out how those Hello Food fellows are making their money. Someone is getting the food from the restaurant and bringing it to your door at no extra cost.

My personal experience? I downloaded the app from the Google Play Store then got the option to see restaurants serviced in my part of Nairobi. I live in South B so I was able to select from a variety of restaurants. They included Velvet Chocolate at Galleria, Langata Road, Cake City, Big 5 Ngong Road, Solar Garde, Urban coffee, Steers, Haveli and a bunch of others.

Having lived in South B for a while I decided to try the food at the Haveli restaurant which I am always seeing but never dared walked in. The place looks quite pricey but I was looking to treat my partner .

A look at the menu gave me many options. I got some Prawns lababdar which is described as special queen size prawns with lots of onions, tomatoes and fresh coriander in thick sauce (Kshs1,500)chicken tikka masala which is barbeque boneless pieces of chicken laced with special masala sauce (1,100Ksh ). I also asked for fried rice and other condiments which all came to Kshs4,200.

After getting the whole ensemble I went to another area in the app which is the checkout section where I created an account then started doing my check out proper. This involved giving my details and also those of how to get to my house as well as any special needs, allergies extreme stupidity etc, to make sure that those making the meal take care of my food. There were then two options for delivery; either delivery to an address or a pickup. I chose the “delivered at a chosen address” option then chose a payment option. In my mind there was only one; cash on delivery. I ticked that I accepted the terms and conditions and placed my order and sat back.

This is the Chicken Tikka ensemble. Yum.
This is the Chicken Tikka ensemble. Yum.

At 7:30pm while waiting to watch Rhythm City I was called by someone at the door of my apartment block asking for my number. It was Hillary from Hello Food with my eats and a smile. After payment I sat down with my partner in front of the feast before us.

Prawns lababdar and other treats.
Prawns lababdar and other treats.

The food was unreal. The folks at Haveli’s really really know how to cook. Seriously. I have no idea why I haven’t been here before. After this meal I knew that I will be going back to that restaurant even if it might be a bit rich for my tastes cash wise. Once a month is not a bad thing for a great meal. Or as a treat when I have done good by myself.

However the thing I loved even more was this app Hello Food. It allowed me to go shopping at any restaurant anywhere in my area without burning taxi money . It might be a game changer in my restaurant experience for ever if you ask me. Now all I need to do is to convince the folks Hello Food to get my Motor Sports Club nyama choma as one of the options for delivering; I will be so happy. Is anyone hearing?