Deliverance: the all-in-one high quality food delivery service
Published 17 March 2013
“Jack of all trades, master of none?”
Deliverance, the catering service which tries to be all things to all people. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, American, sushi… their menu is nothing if not eclectic. But the question on our lips, as we sat down to unwrap their brown paper-covered offerings, was whether it is truly possible to combine choice with quality. Would the agony of choice be accompanied by mediocrity, or would Deliverance also deliver on taste?
On the whole, we were pretty impressed. The service, always a critical component of any self-respecting takeaway, was excellent. Deliverance aims to get your meal to you within 35-45 minutes of placing an order, either by phone or on their neat and easy-to-use website. Our food arrived bang inside the allocated ten-minute window, and passed the acid test of being piping hot. Deliverance’s model of having six kitchens across London certainly pays dividends when it comes to quality of service.
As for the food, the two burgers (beef and Peri Peri chicken) were the standout dishes; the bread was crisp and inside was packed with quality meat, fresh salad and aioli. Although slightly pricey at £10 a pop, they nonetheless delivered on flavour. The aioli was a nice touch, as was the chipotle mayo which accompanied the well-seasoned spicy chunky chips.
The chilli prawn and chorizo pizza was another success, and at £12 was certainly better value (and tastier) than your local Domino’s. Less impressive was the other offering from the Italian menu, the arancini (risotto balls with Italian cheese), heavy on stodginess and somewhat lacking in flavour. They were however accompanied by a delicious arabiata dip, which livened things up a little.
From West to East, we turned to our Peking duck spring rolls. These were fine; the pastry was nice and thin, the duck well-cooked and the plum dipping sauce was a welcome addition. Deliverance provides its sauces on the side, rather than smothering their dishes in them and having them arrive soggy.
For dessert, we had the chocolate truffles which were a real favourite- dusted in bitter cocoa, they a great way to round off the meal.
Would we order from Deliverance again? Certainly. If you are at work and ordering alone, it may be that you have your favourite place around the corner which cannot be beaten for taste and convenience. It is for those big group orders that Deliverance comes into its own; if it becomes impossible for everyone to agree on Italian or Indian, sushi or spicy chips, then Deliverance becomes something of a godsend. And deliveries are free for orders over £15.
It may be slightly on the expensive side, but the bottom line is that your food arrives hot, fast, and, for the most part, packed with flavour. Deliverance can at the very least claim to be the jack of all trades and the master of some.
Kitchens in: Farringdon, CanaryWharf, Shepherd’s Bush, Battersea, Wimbledon, Herne Hill
Order: online or by telephone: 0844 477 1111