Here are the top food delivery services you need to try this festive season

After a period of dim consumer sentiments and Covid-led shutdowns, the festive season is finally upon us. With a hope that they bring the glimmer back in our lives, we spotlight culinary offerings you must try that are sure to lift up your spirits as ordering in still feels safer than venturing out. From indulgent desserts to noteworthy launches, here are food delivery services that are sure to give you a food coma. Bookmark these:

Salt Mumbai
For: Salt Tiramisu Avalanche and freshly cooked gourmet meals
Salt is a Mumbai based home kitchen delivering made to order delicious gourmet meals using fresh ingredients while taking all safety precautions during procurement and cooking to ensure complete safety and sanitation of the highest standards. 

Alka and Saakshi Lath, the women behind Salt. launched Salt on June 7, 2020 in the midst of the lockdown. Pre-Covid Alka used to host regular dinners at her home for friends and family as they love her cooking. During lockdown, as these dinners were not possible, she started sending meals to friends and family to satisfy their cravings. Encouraged by the positive response and egged on by family the mother-daughter duo decided to start a home kitchen. They draw inspiration from their travels around the world for their menu, which changes weekly and includes a variety of culinary delights from 2-3 different cuisines a week like Thai, Lebanese, Japanese, Mexican, Sichuan, Italian, Greek, Indian, etc. 

Using imported and high-quality ingredients to ensure authenticity in flavour, some of Salt’s best sellers are the Warm Burrata Salad, DanDan Noodles, the Mezze Platter, Chimichangas as well as their signature desserts such as the Salt Tiramisu Avalanche-(take  it from us that it’s the best tiramisu in the city)  and the Biscoff Cheesecake. Some of the meals are unique reinventions of classics made by fusing together unexpected cuisines, such as the Baklava Tiramisu, Thai Tacos, etc. Delivering all over Mumbai with double packaging to ensure safety, Salt is gaining popularity with regular and new patrons organically.

Phone No: 9870065111
Instagram – salt_ Mumbai

Bun & Only 
For: burgers
The brand is founded by Sameer Uttamsingh, a veteran of 20 years in the Bombay restaurant scene. He has set up and scaled several successful and award-winning food and beverage businesses in the city. Shantanu Mohite, his Co-founder, is equally passionate about food and intends to offer a meaningful and redefining experience suited to every craving of burger loyalists. The star burgers from the Menu are The Portobello & Blue Cheese -Grilled portobello mushroom with blue cheese crumble with tomato relish and fermented sauerkraut.

Phone no: ‭091362 25577‬
Instagram: Bun and only

Masala:Esque
For: fragrant biryani and Butter Chicken
Started by Colaba mother-son duo Nasreen and Rushail Navani, Masala:Esque, this delivery kitchen soars high on our list because it serves deliciousness with its lip-smacking kebabs, star biryanis and the one of best Butter Chickens we have noshed on in recent times. We loved the Mutton samosas, the goodness freshly prepared crispy samosas stuffed with flavourful minced mutton. They serve their biryani in style as you cut through the dough and the aroma and taste tantalising tease your taste buds. In dessert, we heartily recommend the Eid ki seviyan. Masala: Esque is a delivery and takeaway only kitchen which makes biryani by the kilo for larger groups and house parties. They also make kebab platters, mini-meal boxes.

Phone no: +91 98929 00777
Instagram: Masala_esque

Colossal Kitchens
For : Ravioli, Idaho potato roll, Kung pao paneer
Colossal Hospitality, known to operate some of the popular bars and lounges in Mumbai has recently forayed into the delivery kitchen business with the newly launched Colossal Kitchens. We loved the ravishing ravioli, spot-on Kung pao paneer and Potato roll. The Khow Suey is for ticks all the right boxes and we would definitely recommend it.Housed within the bustling metropolis of Bombay in Lower Parel, the Colossal (central) Kitchens is an all-veg, one-stop luxury kitchen offering 5 brands under its gamut:

Eat Ally offers a high street food menu from across the globe- walk through some of the best food gallis in the comfort of your home Oriental Hub attracts connoisseurs who truly appreciate the authentic taste of Pan-Asian cuisine.

For all the rice lovers, the brand has an exclusive Rice Kitchen by the name Rice Factory offering authentic rice recipes from across the globe.

Tadka Maar Ke presents classic Indian yet unexplored recipes, marrying them expertly with familiar flavours.

All Things Jain (ALT J), catering to the Jain community in the city with a dedicated kitchen serving pure Jain food offerings.

Phone no: ‭072085 58111‬
Instagram: Colossal Kitchens

Citta Comida
For: healthy desserts 
Started by Mumbai-based Manasvvi Desai who noticed the dearth of great healthy desserts in the city, Citta Comida serves some super healthy treats. Having visited Healthy Cafe Restaurants in Mumbai, Mansavvi always felt that none of them offer the most fresh ingredients and taste. She had been working on the concept of a cafe for a long time but then COVID-19 hit and that idea came to a pause but she decided to pursue it by starting a delivery kitchen. We love the guilt free Cheesecake Minis and Dual Chocolate Cookies which spell dessert indulgence despite being healthy. The Red Velvet Protein Brownies are another good option to opt for. They have some interesting Navratri offers going on that you can check out.

Phone no: 090044 39235
Instagram: Citta Comida

Baked with love by Annie
For: Chocolate Pudding Tart and Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake
What’s the festive season without dessert? South-Bombay based Annie bakes desserts that are bloody good. She makes cakes, pastries, cupcakes, macaroons, pies and all the baked goodies. Her Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake is the stuff of dessert heaven. So is the nuanced and the Chocolate Pudding Tart. We also recommend her cute and delectable cupcakes. One of the best city bakers, we have her on speed dial! Annie truly believes that food is art, and that clearly transcends in her baking. 

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Phone no: 098193 63304
Instagram: BakedwithlovebyAnnie

Zero Guilt by Archana
For: healthy Indian mithais 
Zero Guilt specialises in varieties of healthy Ladoos, Barfis, Halwas & Bengali Mithais. It was started by Mumbai-based Archana who has been an avid fitness enthusiast following a low carb sugar-free lifestyle, running full marathons & strength training since more than 15 years.

Being brought up in Jaipur, Archana always had access to some of the best quality Indian Mithais & has always been passionate about Indian culinary especially Mithais cooked with traditional techniques passed on from generations.

She set out on a mission to discover & provide healthier versions of every Mithai from her childhood, giving birth to the concept of “Zero Guilt.” We love the insane keto Rasmalai, Quinoa ladoos, the good to be true Gulab barfi, pista barfi and the amazing akhrot halwa, party to our mouths.

Phone no: 098200 42699
Instagram: Zero Guilt by Archana Gupta 

The Batter Matters
For: The Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake and signature brownies
The Batter Matters started by hour chef Bhagyashree Rathi who landed up taking a 6 week sabbatical to go and pursue a certificate pastry course from Lavonne Academy in Bengaluru. And since then there has been no looking back. The TBM Signature Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake has to be one of our favourite desserts in the city. The perfectly crafted dessert definitely makes the cut if you want to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings. Apart from that, the TBM Signature Brownies  and Cookie Sandwiches are a big hit too!

Phone no: 099206 99898
Instagram: The Batter Matters

Mezaya
For: baklava 
Serving piping hot baklava at your doorstep, we love the delectable baklavas offered here. We recommend: the regular one, shaped like a parallelogram and filled with a potpourri of pistachios and cashews; the cigar rolls called mezroomas, stuffed with only pistachios; and mezbaat, shaped like samosas and filled with pistachios and almonds. It was started by Shazia Ahmed who has acquired hands-on training at a Turkish restaurant called Petek in Abu Dhabi. So you can expect the real deal here.

Phone: 91521 05433

San with a pan
For: Dark chocolate quinoa loaf
Started by Mumbai-based-Sana Vora, we can vouch for this brand’s healthy dessert offerings. Our personal favourite is the drool-worthy Dark chocolate quinoa loaf, whipped up beautifully. You won’t be ch(eat) ing with this one and still getting your sugar fix. Sana definitely bakes up a storm despite cutting down/completely avoiding refined sugar, maida and butter. For gluten-free desserts, you no further…

Phone: ‭098694 46200‬
Instagram: San With A Pan

Havovi Shroff 
For: Chocolate Cake, eclairs and Parsi food
For 14 years now home-chef Havovi Shroff has had thousands of food lovers eating out of her hands, licking away their fingers, in appreciation of her robust cooking. As a home-caterer, Havovi has built her loyal clientele bit by bit, only and exclusively through word of mouth over all these years. She does the Good Ok’ Chocolate Cake and absolutely aces it. We also love the indulgent Chocolate Eclairs, the sumptuous Chicken escalopes. The Mutton Dhansak and kebabs too are worth a nosh.

Phone no: +91 98209 45024

The Sushi Collective
For: sushi
Started by Pooja Dani, The Sushi Collective serves some delish sushi variants. The idea first occurred when Pooja thought of starting selling sushi as a way of being productive and contributing towards a Covid relief fund – Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care. And what began as a sheer passion project then established into a full fledged business. 

We recommend the avocado cucumber cream cheese roll, Japanese spice roll which has a crunchy twist to it or the assorted veggies tempura roll. Extra points for the unlimited add-ons served to make the sushi experience delightful. 

Phone: 96195 37207
Instagram: The Sushi Collective

Artisanal Home Kitchen
For: Healthy chocolate bark and Double Chocolate Walnut cookies
Started by brother-sister duo, Devika and Dhanraj Madnani, the Artisanal Home Kitchen has some interesting offerings. The lockdown-born brand has grown to become really popular for its cookies and chocolate chunk banana bread.The Double Chocolate Walnut Cookies are definitely gold standards in cookies. However, what we think the brand really aces is the stunning healthy chocolate bark that throws in healthy with indulgence beautifully.

Phone no: 099203 72718
Instagram: Artisanal Home Kitchen

Wooden spoon by Nupur
For: Cheesecake and dessert jars
Love dessert jars? The Wooden Spoon by Nupur started by Nupur Varma does the best of dessert jars that you won’t be able to get enough of. We love the Red Velvet and Tres Leches one and also highly recommend the Baked Cheesecake. Coffee lovers or not, her Coffee Loaf is another dessert worth trying.

Phone no: 098200 42978
Instagram: The Wooden spoon by Nupur

Let’s Get Baked
For: macarons
Started by Sana Kabra, Let’s Get Baked does some amazing macarons. Sana  began the Bachelor’s degree in French Pastry, at the Ecole Ducasse, on a scholarship from Campus France. 

The brand specialises in Eggless Macarons. 

The brand also keeps changing flavors and incorporates festive events. We loved the  coconut jaggery, kesar Peda and Mawa flavors macarons. For diwali the brand plans on doing some alcohol based and some traditional fun flavors too and keeps vegan and eggless customers in mind all along.

Phone no: 098192 68982
Instagram: Lets Get Baked

The Nest Kitchen
For: Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart 
Created during lockdown by Nisha Somani, the Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart definitely ticks all the right boxes. It’s delicious. So is the Apple Pie. Other offerings on the menu include cheesecakes and tarts. The brand also does nice Cinnamon rolls that you can opt for. Surely heaven for the Pecan Tart and Apple pie lovers.

Phone no: 98200 86743
Instagram: The Nest Kitchen

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