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I'm an online shopping addict but ordering dinner online isn't something I do very often. My first thoughts of takeaway food are 'cheap and greasy'. A meme that has been doing the rounds lately is "You are what you eat - so don't be fast, cheap, easy or fake!" which I think says it all.

So when I was invited to trial Eat Now's online ordering system, I was both surprised and delighted that fabulous local restaurants such as Il Grappolo were featured! Who knew takeaway food would become so decadent? 

I just needed to enter my postcode in the search bar on the Eat Now website and it listed all the Sydney restaurants and takeaways from my area available.

All my years of online shopping on ASOS, Modcloth and Net-a-Porter seems to have led to this moment. I've mastered the art of discipline and easily navigated between menus and ensured I didn't over-order or order something I would later regret.

Within minutes, my order was placed.

Eat Now online menu
Step 1: Browse menus and place the order online

Living in a cashless society, I love that the Eat Now system accepts both credit card and Paypal as well as the standard cash on delivery.

Eat Now ordering online on the iPad

Eat Now order confirmation
Step 3: Order confirmation

The real test of an online business is when something you order isn't available and funnily enough, that was what I experienced! My sautéed green beans, with pancetta and eschalots weren't available but I instantly received a call from Eat Now's headquarters in Melbourne and I was able to update my order over the phone. I ended up changing the side dish to sautéed broccolini with lemon and garlic which was the same price.

Miscommunication diverted, I received a text message with the order confirmation and estimated delivery time.

The waiting time was well spent doing important chores such as the laundry (how domesticated have I become!!).

Pizza and pasta delivery from Il Grappolo using Eat Now

Arriving within the estimated time, we spread out the dishes on our make-shift coffee table aka ironing board and enjoyed a gourmet TV dinner while watching an episode of The Mind of a Chef, my current foodie show of choice.

Casually thrown into double paperbags, the Patatine Fritte (hand cut chips, $8) don't look very appetising but looks are deceiving because they're actually moreishly crunchy and fluffy.

The Spaghetti ai Gamberi (saute prawns, cherry tomatoes, white wine, garlic, chilli & olive oil, $22) is simplicity at it's best. The pasta is perfectly cooked and the kick of chilli is spot on.

The Saute Broccolini with Lemon and Garlic ($8) is a tad overdone for my liking but the Salsiccia e Funghi pizza (sausage, mushroom, chilli and Fior di Latte, $19) is satisfyingly good! Definitely not your run-of-the-mill delivery pizza, this one features a scrumptious thin base with the perfect chew and a winning combination of toppings. The fior di latte mozzarella bounds together the richness and saltyness of the sausage, the fragrance of mushrooms and a tangy vibrant tomato sauce. 

It's rather fancy for a TV dinner but sometimes a quiet night in is all I want. I'll be keeping Eat Now up my sleeve for another lazy weeknight dinner soon!

Fancy TV dinner thanks to Eat Now's online ordering system

For more information, visit Eat Now - Order takeaway and food delivery online

This post is sponsored by Eat Now. All opinions are my own.


Fish Place, Surry Hills

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Fish is rarely something I get excited about. Seafood, yes, but fish specifically, not so much.That was until Fish Place opened up, just one block away from my office!

It has since become my new go-to place for lunches or after-work dinner with friends.

The front facade features a mural of large sardine tins. It is bold and quirky, and rather hard to miss. 

The menu on the other hand, is kept simple - fish of the day is available grilled or beer-battered, there's a hearty fish pie, or hot smoked salmon or ocean trout fillets which in my opinion, are the showstoppers.

Fish Place, Surry Hills

The selection of salads are vibrant and fabulous. There's a fennel salad, one with beetroot and mint, and an excellent black eyed pea and avocado salsa which contains a good surprise kick of finely chopped birds eye chillies. Other sides on offer include potato bake, pea mash and chips, and they're all done really well.

Ocean trout risoni, fresh hot smoked salmon

If you're lucky, the ocean trout risoni special will be on the blackboard menu. This salad is light yet robust in flavour, a great texturally exciting way to sample the smoked ocean trout if large fillets of fish aren't your thing.

You'll be delighted with the prices too. The hot smoked salmon or ocean trout fillet with choice of salad is $12.50, fish & chips are just $10, and both the smoked salmon bagel and fish pie are only $8.50 each! Plus there are $3.50 chippy cups, adding a bit of old-school temptation to three-thirtyitis.

Deep fried fish and chips, sea bream grilled with mashed peas, smoked ocean trout with potato bake, risoni salad at Fish Place, Surry Hills

Fish pie and salsa at Fish place, Surry Hills

Smoked salmon bagel and fish and chips at Fish Place

Fish Place is just like any casual local fish & chip shop, except the food here is impeccably fresh and delicious, and it comes complete with the Surry Hills hallmark - a hidden outdoor dining space at the back with a collection of cool furnishings.

Oh, and it's also BYO!

Fish Place
70 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW

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