Review: Just-Eat – Naked Nosh:
Under normal circumstances I probably eat out a little too much to be a JUST-EAT regular customer. But, there are times when I am quite happy to curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and wait for dinner to come to me.
I’d heard great things about Just-Eat, the home delivery service that allows you to choose from all sorts of different menu options. So I was quite pleased to be asked to review the service. Over Christmas when I had my brother staying for a couple of weeks, I got tired of cooking every day. What better time to indulge and take things easy? Especially as my first attempt at reviewing Just-Eat had ended in tears – nothing to do with the home delivery service I hasten to add, but everything to do with a stomach virus that was doing the rounds. I went to a friend’s house, intending to try the menu with her and her daughter. But, she wasn’t well and it was all I could do to get her to try a mouthful or two of the food…and then, a few days later I got the same virus.
After I recovered it was almost Christmas and I simply wasn’t at home for a week or two, so, it wasn’t until the holiday season that I had another chance to try. This time I was at home and in dire need of a break from cooking for my brother (you see those of us who are single bemoan cooking for ourselves until we HAVE to cook for someone else, at which point commitment, whether romantic or of the family variety, becomes a dirty word). We went online to check out what JUST-EAT had to offer in our area – from Pizza to Curry, there’s really a lot of choice with Just-Eat in London. One place caught my eye though.
Naked Nosh does have quite a reputation in Fulham. I used to meet up with friends in a pub that didn’t serve food, but DID use Naked Nosh to deliver. I hadn’t realised that I could order from them to my door, so I was already enthusiastic. My brother was curious and wanted to see if he could order a normal ‘pub’ style meal.
So, in went our order. The burger, for my brother, with chips, salad and harissa mayo and a ‘healthy’ chicken with artichoke and olives, ratatouille and gratin. Followed by a sticky toffee pudding and a baked summer berry cheesecake.
Well I have to say we were impressed. The order was very easy to make and the website intuitive. It arrived exactly at the time we’d set when we placed it and, for the most part it was hot enough not to need reheating.
My brother had put in the most challenging request – burger and chips is food that personally I’d avoid because the chips can spoil easily and the burger needs to be piping hot. Somehow it stayed good though and my brother reckoned it was every good as something you might order in a gastro-pub. My healthy chicken breast was full of flavour and clearly cooked with fresh herbs. Delicious. Everything arrived in foil trays so you COULD have popped the food into a hot oven if you wanted to heat it up a bit, but we didn’t find the main courses needed any help. We did however, put the desserts in a warm oven to stay hot while we ate.
The sticky toffee pudding was a real winner and I didn’t even feel the need to add the organic double cream that arrived to accompany it. Well, not ALL of it anyway…
Baked summer berry cheesecake didn’t look quite as ‘perfect’, perhaps we kept it warm for just too long, but it did, apparently, hit the spot.
All in, the meal would have cost £44.10 – not cheap, but rather less than the equivalent English gastropub food from my local here in Fulham. And, there was more than enough for two – I had all sorts of leftovers for the next day. And the result was pretty close to a dining out experience, although the chips lost just a little bit of crispness in transit. A great way to indulge yourself if you don’t feel like cooking or going out, but do want to eat something special.