When I was in Noida working for Headstrong, my team used to go out for lunch on special occasions. As that area had quite many options, sometimes we used to be in a fix as to where to go. Another reason for long decision making was because different people had their own tastes. And, few of them had even been to places we were zeroing-in on and didn’t want to go again. Now, that was a mess as it would delay our outings that were supposed to become a lifetime memory for a few at least! We tried to plan well ahead in advance, but that also had issues as people wanted to delay it to the last minute.
We primarily relied on word-of-mouth recommendations and what we as a team preferred the most. All in all, it used to go just fine most of the times. However, i remember one incident when one of our new team members strongly recommended a restaurant to which his family were regular visitors for many years. He was giving a mouthwatering description of the dishes available there and most of us melted like butter on a parantha and were looking forward to go there. Come the D-day, being a foodie, I was especially charged up; but there was one delay after another as few of the folks were held up in meetings. It was way past my usual lunch time and finally, we went ahead around quarter to 3. We were all very hungry, but to our utter disappointment we found the place closed.
The colleague who had recommended us looked pretty sad and asked nearby shops if the restaurant had closed for good. Luckily, it was not! Finally, we ended up having Pizza at a nearby place. However, if there was an App that we could have used to make our experience worth remembering, I am sure we would have booked the restaurant beforehand and known its hours of operation. After sharing that nasty experience with other colleagues, one of them said that they hardly go out. Instead, they order the food online and get it delivered to the office! Now that would save us a lot on the travel time and also from the scorching heat! On talking further, he suggested an App that makes the whole experience of ordering one of its kind – TinyOwl.
I tried TinyOwl few days back and explored various options available in it. Placing an order is pretty easy! Just add the delivery location and it pulls up the restaurants nearby. As we have preferences for what we want to eat, the best would be to use the filter criteria available on top right hand side – one can use delivery time, min order or rating, which is what I prefer. Once we add the selected tags, we get the options of places available to order from.
Filters narrow down the search I chose Slice of Italy from the results
Like I love Pizzas, so I chose Slice Of Italy and it showed that the restaurant was open and its minimum order on top of the screen (snapshot below), which helped me immensely. Various food categories were available on top, one can just scroll the screen from left to right or right to left to go through them. I choose ‘Pizza & Pasta’ and further ‘Veg Pizza’ sub-menu within it. I got various Pizza options from where I chose my favorite ‘Italia’s No 1 Pizza’ and then customized it. After adding it to my cart, a Cart icon at the bottom of screen showed the same. I then added Beverages and Dessert to complete my order.
I chose Pizza & Pasta -> Veg Pizza My favorite ‘Italia’s No 1 Pizza’
Customized my Pizza Partial Order at the bottom in Cart
Since I already had an account on TinyOwl, I made the payment using my credit card. As simple as that! Once the order was placed, I was able to track it all the way through till it was on the way to me!
Various Payment options Dashboard to check Order Status
I found the app really easy to operate. Dashboard is well organized. You can check your past orders, order status and offers like free meals. You can edit your phone number, add multiple address and save your payment details for future orders. And in case you ever face a problem, you can just contact TinyOwl and get it resolved. All in all, having food is just at your fingertips.
Sometimes, they also have offers. During Independence Day, they had an Offer which was shown upfront as you opened the App (as shown in 2nd snapshot above). If one refers friends, or earns cash back, they are added in the TinyOwl Money, which can be applied towards future Orders and the best is there is no restriction on the amount that can be applied…you can even get your meal free if you have enough of TinyOwl Money! I really liked when they sent me a notification asking me when did I get my Pizza.