With so many restaurants, food joints and eating options around, that caters to all kinds of classes and pockets, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are certainly a gastronome’s paradise of sorts. Where the finest mutton curry around is made in a hut outside the Doordarshan Kendra, where you can find the best Tiramisu at an almost non-existent confectionery attached to an uptown hotel, where one can savor the best ADDB by the banks of the mighty Mahanadi and where a wholesome lunch at Government canteens cost almost half of what you pay for the cappuccino at a Coffee Day. Walk down the lanes of Bapuji Nagar on a busy evening and chances are that you might just stumble upon a gentleman who makes good shawrmas, if not the best for a living. Tummy wise, this city certainly continues to surprise you. Few years back, this did not used to be the scene. Things are quite different now. The twin cities are booming, purchasing powers are growing and hence people now have more spending options than ever. Pure economics, this is.
But what if, you could enjoy all of this at the comfort of your home? This might seem realistic for those living in metros where you can enjoy the best Chole Bhature or Vada Pao sitting in your living room, watching your favorite sitcom. Even in cities like Vizag, most restaurants have home delivery options to the convenience of the public. Such a trend in Bhubaneswar is catching up, but only very slowly. Contributing relentlessly and immensely to foster this trend is a start-up by the name of TummyKhus, an online service. Their business model is very simple. For almost no extra charge, they deliver food from the restaurant of your choice to your home. Such a service is certainly a lifesaver for the 24 something working class singles and most importantly, the hostel crowd. But that is where is the tricky part. Great food is only a very small part of it. The right service goes a long way to define the experience that fine gourmet is.
Coming back, here is a small example to explain my point. Sample this, a Flipkart shipment of yours is due and you are awaiting it with much eagerness. Then the Flipkart bhaiya calls you and is like, “Boss, I’m at your Galli, I cannot locate your house. Can you please come down and collect your wares?” Most of us won’t mind walking a few extra steps for that. Or wait for an extra hour, just in case the FlipGuy is stuck in the traffic or something or that matter. Now imagine, what if the TummyKhus guy does the same with you? You are hungry to the limit, the delivery is one hour late and he cannot find your house. End of story. That certainly doesn’t define a fine gourmet experience, does it?
I’m actually in awe with the idea of such a business that cares the appetites of a thousand denizens of the twin city at the same time. Then again, just doing it and doing it right are two different things altogether. I really hope someone concerned takes notice and takes this in the right strides. Happier customers await you! 🙂