SINGAPORE â Food delivery in Singapore used to be limited to just fast food options like KFC, McDonalds or Pizza Hut. But a surge in third party delivery services on the island means Singaporeans can order a hot pot meal for five or a burger from a restaurant online, at most times of the day. The options are widening from gourmet meals to cold-pressed juices, prompted by demand from Singaporeans who want to eat better amid their hectic lifestyles. See also: Seamless is in danger of becoming a delivery dinosaur Cafes and restaurants have started to provide their own delivery services or contract third party delivery companies like Foodpanda and Deliveroo, so we decided to test drive five different services over five days to see if we could get decent meals ordered in to Mashable Asia for a week. We set a budget of S$20 (US$14) per person (including delivery cost) and ranked them according to ease of order, delivery time, presentation and taste. Here's how they fared. Day 1: Dosirak Dosirak offers healthy Korean lunch packs, which they say are free of corn syrup, MSG and refined sugar. The menu at Dosirak is pretty extensive where you get to choose one protein and grain to go with a variety of vegetables served in an ice-cream pint box. To eat, all you have to do is pour in their secret red sauce, close the lid and give the box a good shake. Voila. Dosirak's website is easy to navigate and the menu options were clear with the calorie count for each lunchbox. There's an online ordering option but upon clicking, we realised that it wasn't available yet, so we had to call in to order our lunch instead. The person taking the order was very pleasant and told us that our food would arrive in half an hour. Much to our chagrin, our food arrived half an hour late, and the delivery person didn't have change for a fifty note and proceeded to pocket the change without asking if it was okay. Presentation-wise, the lunch boxes were cute and compact, and the ingredients nicely displayed. But since we had to shake the sauce in, it does look pretty messy after when you dig in. The portions were generous with lots of meat to accompany every bite. For a healthy meal, we usually expect blandness, but Dosirak was surprisingly tasty and filling. Overall rating: 4 out of 5. Day 2: The Bento People, delivered by Foodpanda Quinoa nasi lemakLike Dosirak, The Bento People's meals are based around healthy Japanese-style lunch boxes. They offer their own bento delivery services, but because we only learned of them through Foodpanda, we decided to order through the latter instead. With Foodpanda, once your order has been placed, you'll get a text message and email when it has been received by the restaurant and an estimated time of delivery. Placing our orders through Foodpanda was idiot-proof, and we liked that we had the option to prepay online with a credit card or cash on delivery. We chose to pay with cash, and could even leave delivery instructions to indicate how much change to expect back. Delivery was estimated at 45 minutes, but the food arrived 20 minutes late. We ordered quinoa nasi lemak â Malay rice with condiments â and were disappointed that the bowl was only half-filled and could tell that there was barely any meat in each. For $18 per quinoa bowl, we expected to be full and the bland taste of the entire dish didn't help my existing dislike for quinoa. In fact, I was so unsatisfied after the meal that I had to dash out of the office to order myself a froyo topped with caramel cookies to make up for it. Overall rating: 2 out of 5. Day 3: Shahi Kitchen, delivered by Deliveroo Deliveroo is relatively new to the food delivery scene and is already becoming a major competitor to Foodpanda. Where it differs is that it specialises in premium restaurants and promises to deliver your food in under 32 minutes, and only for a S$3 (US$2.10) delivery charge. Shahi Kitchen is an Indian restaurant that is known for its naan and biryani (mixed rice dish) and has a comprehensive menu offering signature Indian cuisine. Ordering through Deliveroo was a breeze. We didn't initially set out to have Indian food, but ended up picking Shahi Kitchen from Deliveroo's suggested restaurants in the vicinity. We were also pleasantly surprised to discover we could pay through Paypal. Additionally, Deliveroo offers an app that allows you to place orders and track the progress of your delivery in real-time. As promised, our food was delivered in exactly 32 minutes, and was still hot and delicious. The portions were quite small as compared to other Indian restaurants, but it ended up being very filling. The presentation of the food was nothing to rave about and it was quite messy to eat, so be prepared to get your hands and desk dirty. Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5. Day 4: Golden Pillow 933 If you like curry, you're probably familiar with Golden Pillow â a restaurant that has built a reputation for its chicken and mutton curry served in a fluffy bun. It also serves commonly Chinese side dishes like fried rice and vegetables, but we were laser focused on its signature dish. Golden Pillow's website was last updated in 2013, so don't expect anything fancy from it. We gave up navigating the site midway and ended up calling the delivery hotline to place our order. The customer service representative was very helpful in assisting us in making the minimum $30 order by suggesting sides to accompany our main dish. We were told our order might take an hour or two to arrive, but it turned up still piping hot within an hour. To prevent our food from getting soggy, everything was individually and neatly packed. Cutting into the bun with a plastic knife was not an easy feat and it was really messy unwrapping the curry from its plastic bag, but it was all worth it when we finally got to dig in. For two, the meal was more than enough and we still had leftovers for tea. Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5. Day 5: Thai to Go Black pepper beef on rice.Image: Victoria Ho/MashableAfter deciding to commit to using different services for this story, it started to be a challenge finding sites that didn't impose large minimum order volumes. Many of them had S$80 (US$56.60) limits for larger parties, so we ended up settling for Thai food. Thai to Go's website is very basic and offers a decent range of Thai dishes, but the ordering process was pretty unintuitive. To order, we had to enter our postal code and also tick off our food choices to determine the minimum order â as we would have for a regular ecommerce site. But placing the order required a call to a hotline, where the operator wasn't too friendly and kept interrupting us. We ordered two meat-and-rice meals and a soup to share. The estimated delivery time was 90 minutes but the food arrived only two hours later. We'll give some leeway because it was raining outside, but the restaurant should have called to let us know the driver would be late. When I called to track down our food, the restaurant staff couldn't find our order, but after quite some time on the line, I was eventually told it was "on the way" with no ETA. When the food arrived, we paid in cash but weren't too wowed that the meal came in containers that looked like microwave meals. The food was also soaked in oil and lacked the authentic spiciness and taste of Thai cuisine. Despite how hungry we were, we barely finished our food. Overall rating: 1 out of 5. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.