It’s no secret that Bangkok is a food paradise. Whether we’re talking about delicious and cheap street food or posh restaurants and everything in between, there’s something for everyone here. But of course there are those days (and nights) when you just don’t feel like going out in search of a meal or cooking for yourself. Perhaps it’s the rainy season, you’re just feeling lazy, or you're having a busy day at work and can’t get out. Luckily, there are plenty of options in Bangkok that allow you to enjoy an excellent meal, all without leaving the comfort of your home (or office)!
Of course there are the well-known food delivery services that aggregate several restaurants and cafes, such as Food by Phone, ChefsXp or Foodpanda. But an interesting trend that we’ve been seeing recently has been the advent of meal preparation and delivery services that put together interesting (and often healthy) options and deliver them in perfect-sized containers to your home or workplace.
Polpa - Delivery Bag
Polpa is one such service. Launched earlier this year, Polpa prides itself on offering healthy and high-quality options that can be ordered through their easy-to-use website (www.polpa.co). They specialize in “unique Mediterranean inspired salads, gourmet sandwiches and wholesome meal boxes, handmade daily using the best natural ingredients.” Polpa claims to use organic, local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, and meals are delivered in biodegradable containers by bike messengers from Monday to Friday (the service isn’t available during the weekends). Now there’s a meal delivery service that you can feel good about!
Polpa - Niçoise Salad
Eager to try, my husband and I ordered a couple of meals for a weekday lunch. He went for a tuna niçoise salad, while I, being vegetarian, opted for the halloumi lentil salad. When making our order, we discovered that one of the coolest features of the Polpa operation is the flexibility in terms of ordering. You can order for same-day service presuming that you place the order before 10am for lunch or 4pm for dinner, unlike some of the other meal delivery companies in town that require you to submit your order days in advance or choose and order your meals ahead of time. There’s also flexibility in terms of when your meal is delivered. You can choose between the 11am-12pm or 12-1pm time slots for lunch and 5-6pm or 6-7pm for dinner. Payment can be made via cash on delivery or bank transfer.
Polpa - Niçoise Salad
When our lunches arrived, we were pleasantly surprised. Indeed packed up in cute biodegradable containers, both of our salads were perfectly sized (for us). The tuna niçoise was a nice looking arrangement of hard-boiled egg, radish, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green olives, red onion and something that looked like a cross between beets and sweet potatoes, in addition to a generous helping of tuna. My hubby thought that the tuna was a bit overcooked, but this was offset by the nice mix of ingredients and the “awesome” (his words) lemon dressing.
Polpa - Halloumi Lentil Salad
As for my salad, it was a combination of grilled halloumi cheese, lentils, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, almonds, pecans and baby spinach. All amongst my favorite things, and talk about a nutritional powerhouse of a salad! Though the dressing was a bit scant for my dish, I loved the mix of the flavors and textures and thought that it made for a very interesting vegetarian meal. These and the other main dishes will set you back between 260 to 280 B, which considering the quality of the ingredients, the size of the portions and the convenience of the ordering process seems to be a very reasonable price point.
Polpa - Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Polpa also offers smaller salads and side dishes. Curious to try one of these out, I ordered a salad of roasted cauliflower tossed with cubes of cheddar cheese, red grapes and almonds. The garlicky dressing that came with this one was a bit overpowering for a work lunch, but very tasty nonetheless. These smaller salad dishes average 120 baht each.
One of the other nice features of Polpa is the variety and ever-changing menu. As a vegetarian, I love the emphasis on whole grains and legumes, while Polpa’s overall nod to quality, seasonal ingredients is something everyone can get behind. As a bonus, when you click on any menu item, you can see a detailed description of the dish as well as a complete listing of ingredients and nutritional information.
If you’re looking for healthy and delicious meals delivered to your home or office in Bangkok, don’t hesitate to give Polpa a try! Visit their website or sign up for their weekly mailing list to receive each week’s options, and don’t be surprised if you become a regular customer.