Rocket Internet-backed online food ordering service Foodpanda has launched mobile apps on Android and iOS platform, reports TechCrunch.

The apps are currently available as a free download on Google Play Store and iTunes App Store and will be available in 14 markets including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and Russia, as indicated by the report.

The company also plans to launch this app in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Hungary and Poland over the next two weeks. FoodPanda is currently operational in 25 countries.

Our Take

When we checked, we noticed that the app homepage is quite minimalistic and features only a search box, allowing users to search for restaurants in a specific locality and city. What’s worth noting is that the app automatically detects the user’s current city and auto suggests relevant localities from that specific city.

FoodPanda Homescreen

Food Ordering: After choosing the preferred locality, one can browse through restaurants that are open and closed in that locality along with additional information like the cuisine, minimum order limit, delivery time and delivery charge. One can choose their preferred restaurant from any of the open restaurants, browse through the restaurant menu based on various food categories and place an order for their preferred food item.

FoodPanda Menu

The company claims that the app currently offers a food ordering facility from 1300 restaurants in India and users can either opt for delivery or pickup for their food order and pay cash on delivery. However, we weren’t able to place any order at the time of writing this article, since the app kept prompting an error message that “Foodpanda is currently closed”. (We tried its on Nexus 4 running on Android 4.2.2 and on Micromax A54 running Android 2.3.5).

Buggy: While we liked the minimalistic approach of the app, we found that the app was extremely buggy at the time of writing this article. After the initial search, the app performance became very slow and it crashed several times when we tried to click on any food item in the menu.

Other Players: In August 2012, NDTV Convergence had released an Android and iOS app for NDTV Cooks, its gastronomy focused website. this app allowed users to browse through various recipes from the website and restaurant listings across eight cities as well as order food from within the app. Its not clear if the company was offering this service by itself or it had partnered with any of the existing food ordering service in the country like or FoodPanda.

JustEat currently offers a mobile site and last month, JustEat India CEO Ritesh Dwivedy had told Medianama that they are planning to launch iOS, Android and Symbian mobile apps shortly, with feature phones apps coming later. Dwivedy had claimed that the app will offer personalized results to the users based on their preferences and their previous orders.

(By Brindaa Lakshmi & Vikas SN)