Uber has finally launched Uber Eats in Nairobi, after months of speculation and sightings of the new service being offered in the city.
Nairobi is now the 4th city in Africa where Uber Eats is operating from and the only one outside South Africa. The other cities include Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Uber Eats was founded in 2014, way after Uber was launched to the world. The Uber subsidiary started operating in their home country as UberFRESH but was later renamed to UberEATS in 2015.
When you fire up the ap, it requests you to input your delivery address and whether you want it to be delivered to you or you meet at the vehicle. You can request the order to be brought as soon as possible or you can request it be brought at a particular time.
When you confirm the details, it shows you the participating restaurants near you, grouped under popular near you or more restaurants for you to check out.
The app shows the star rating of the restaurant and when you tap on the $ sign, it shows you the prices of the meals they have on offer. The meals offered in the restaurants are even broken down into categories to make it even easier for you to get what you want.
There is a search button at the bottom where you can select the food category of choice, an orders button to check your history and upcoming orders and the account button for your settings.
Uber Eats will be available in several neighbourhoods in Nairobi which includes Lavington, Muthangari, Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Westlands as per the FAQs. It will be available from 10AM to 10AM 7 days a week and the delivery fee will be a flat KES 150.
We’ll all have to wait and see how Uber Eats will fair in Nairobi in the coming weeks and months. Judging from the demand from their UberIcecream and UberChoma they did a while back, it seems Nairobi is a great place for UberEats to grow.