Ordering-in food at the work place is a common feature. Be it among those who order everyday for lunch or those who work late evenings or weekends. But what factors tip the vote in favour of some outlets?
Janaki Sabesh, Business Manager at Real Image, feels that it all depends on the occasion. She adds, “We constantly keep trying out new outlets for different occasions. If we have a meeting, and we want to order food for the people participating in the discussion, we normally order Katti Rolls from Bay Leaf as they are less messy than other snacks. If it’s a treat (or someone else is paying!), we order from Dominos or Pizza Hut. If we’re getting the food picked up, we get it done from Padmashree Foods in C.I.T.Colony. It also depends on how hungry we are and how soon we want to eat!”
Mirroring the sentiment of urgency and adding the dimension of home food, Bala Manian, Manager – Marketing Communication at Sundaram Mutual, says, “I very rarely order in as I live close to my work-place and prefer eating at home no matter how late. On some evenings or weekends, in the hope of completing work early and going home for dinner, I end up not eating till I’m ravenous. Then I end up ordering Cheese Toast or Sweet Lime Juice from Shamiana in Egmore as a stop-gap until dinner at home.”, says Bala Manian,
Location of the work place, often, has a lot to do with the choice of cuisine and outlet from where food is ordered. “We are in the heart of town, and Komala’s and Rice & Spice are right opposite our office. So, we normally order from there.” Says Ashok Srinivasan, V.P.Operations at ExpertUS Infotech.
Time is of essence to some. Especially delivery time. Vidhya Srinivasan, Vice President at Integrated Brand Comm, laments the fact that some outlets take too long to deliver. “If we get food picked up, it’s quicker. We normally send the Office Boy to Yamuna or the Java Green across the road. Jaishree Bikaner is also close to office and they deliver food for us sometimes. But delivery time is the key factor for us and we normally order from Dominos as they are very prompt. Red-E Drop Zone and Subway take way too much time – almost an hour, to deliver. And our office is in the heart of town, which doesn’t seem to make a difference to them.”
Sudha R., who works with E-Serve in their Credit Operations Team (Personal Loans), agrees with Vidhya’s point, but adds, “I personally believe that taking too much time to eat interrupts the work flow. I normally eat in our cafeteria. When some of us are bored with the cafeteria food, we go to Meenakshi Bhavan next door, where we get a quick bite. Some working Sundays, we don’t order in, we go out for lunch to places like Murugan Idli Shop on