Hard-pressed to make your own meals? Let’s face it, modern living often leaves little time for meal prep and cooking. Takeaway can be your solution. Whether it’s ordered on your mobile via an app, through a quick phone call or by simply stepping into your neighbourhood’s takeaway joint, truth be told, there’s nothing more convenient and satisfying than devouring a meal that you didn’t have to slave away in the kitchen for. The minimal clean up afterwards or the fact that you can enjoy your meal either at the comfort of your own home or at an alternative location such as the beach or a park, is an added bonus.
Fancy some takeout?
Takeaway options across the island are in abundance with this service primarily being offered by the many restaurants that dot Malta and Gozo. However, there are numerous eateries that work on a takeout basis exclusively and do not offer any seating at their premises. Typically, takeaway is associated with Chinese, Thai, Turkish food and other types of Oriental cuisine, as well as burgers and pizzas. Yet, a closer look will reveal that the choice is much more broad. Many restaurants offer most items on their menu for takeaway. This means that you can eat a container of your favourite pasta, sink your teeth in that juicy steak or savour a fresh piece of fish at home or elsewhere.
Pastizzerias serving the traditional pastizzi, pizza slices and an assortment of Maltese baked goods like timpana are also places where you can get a quick takeout. Snack bars are also quite popular, where you may pick anything from sandwiches, ftiras and wraps with any filling to pasta and rice dishes to go. In addition, some supermarkets can prepare a roast chicken for you that you can preorder and collect at a predefined time, ideal for feeding your family during dinner time without the fuss or preparation. On the other hand, at confectioneries you may select an assortment of sandwiches and sweet treats like doughnuts, cakes and kannoli, to name a few.
The variety of staple available for you to enjoy on the go means that you can have takeaway for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yet, this type of service is generally linked to fast food items like burgers, pizza and pastizzi that are, in essence, unhealthy. Nowadays, you may find healthier alternatives and can also opt for meals that are more in synch with your lifestyle and dietary requirements like vegetarian and vegan alternatives. From salads and veggies, to baked or steamed goods and gluten-free or clean eating menus, the choice is there, so there’s no need to tie yourself down to fried and high-protein staple.
And who says that food alone can be on the go? Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milkshakes and all sorts of juices can also be enjoyed as a takeaway.
Deliveries and drive-throughs
A service that allows customers to place their order there and then and collect their meal without having to get out of their cars, drive-throughs are not as common on the island as they are abroad, however, some popular fast food chains offer this service.
Don’t feel like going all the way to that restaurant for your food? Opt to have your meal come to you. Many of these establishments may offer the option to deliver your meal right to your home or work’s doorstep. Usually, delivery is free of charge when spending an amount of money, but if your meal costs less, then you’ll be charged a minimal price. In addition, some establishments may require you to place orders by a specific time.
A trade as old as time
Did you know that takeout is not a modern commodity but has existed for centuries? Food sold on roadside stalls were common both in Ancient Greece and Rome. In effect, it appears that the ancient ruins of Pompeii are filled with thermopolia, the so-called cook-shops that sold hot food items to hungry passerbys, whereas in Aztec markets, vendors sold all sorts of tamales to eaters just passing through. During the Industrial Revolution the demand for takeout truly exploded, so much so that fish and chips became the most common type of takeaway in the UK and burgers in the US.
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