Friday, March 13, 2015

Munchery First Order Review

I got a flyer in the mail last week for Munchery - a new service that "answers “What’s for dinner?” with nourishing, affordable, chef-cooked meals delivered right to your door." There was a coupon code on the flyer, "first meal free", so I figured why not?

First, the promise:
Grilled Caribbean spiced leg and thigh. Served with dirty rice (red beans and rice), sautéed vegetable medley, a spicy habanero Caribbean hot sauce, and a side of fried plantains.

Sounds good. The meal was priced at $9.95, which seems reasonable given the place setting in the picture. My delivery time was for between 6-7pm, and the meal arrived right around 6:15pm. Munchery even sends a text to let you know that the delivery is on its way.

So here's what I got in my bag:
My meal in a nice, but generally standard takeout container, a handwritten thank you card, and a brownie (surprise treat!).
So did Munchery deliver on its promise? Pretty close! Overall, I received what was pictured. A big chicken leg, rice, veggies, sauce, and (sadly) two small, lonely plantains. Laid out on the plate, here's the meal:
Everything tastes great, the chicken is well seasoned, has a nice skin, the rice is flavorful, veggies are cooked but still crisp, and the plantains have that nice banana/potato taste that I enjoy. There was a lot more rice than in the website image, and only 2 (vs 5) tiny slices of plantain. I'd have preferred less rice and more plantains, but overall, I'm satisfied. One side note, that sauce is incredibly spicy, far more so than I was expecting.

So how about the brownie? Good, but nothing particularly amazing. It was a nice touch for my first order though.
Will I be ordering from Munchery again? I'm not sure. Maybe if there's a generally low-cost, particularly good looking item on their daily menu. And be aware of the nutrition information; this particular dish had a whopping 1170mg of sodium (49% RDV!), so I wouldn't expect these to be that much, if any, healthier than other restaurant/takeout dishes.

My total cost for this meal, with the coupon, was $2.95. For less than $3, I'm totally satisfied. If I had paid $9.95 + $2.95 for delivery, I might have been mildly unsatisfied with the extra rice in place of the pictured plantains.

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