OCT 10, 2015 – By Victor Sanches –
Meatless is the first food delivery app in Brazil to cater exclusively to vegetarians and vegans. Available for download on Android since August, initially, the app will only provide options in São Paulo, with a selection of 10 restaurants offering meals, snacks, pizza, dessert, etc.
My first contact with Meatless came around two months ago, when I received an invitation to visit with one of its creators, Dimitri Fernandes. During our conversation, he explained the idea behind the app, and we shared lots of cool ideas and experiences in relation to the project. From the beginning, I thought it was a great idea (finally someone thought of us!!), and I think it will be a mega success here in São Paulo, Brazil’s most friendly city when it comes to food delivery.
Meatless is the creation of three young enthusiasts: Dimitri, a vegetarian and manager with entrepreneurial experience, mobile programmer, Rodrigo Borges, and UX designer, Rodrigo Maués. When I first learned about the app, I remember saying to Dimitri that I had dreamed of this day. I bet that all of us have wasted time trying to find a good option on other food delivery apps only for the search to end in frustration. But seriously, after becoming vegan, I almost completely gave up on ordering delivery just because there are so few options available. And never mind the fact that most of us usually think twice about ordering food from restaurants that also serve meat but don’t classify their menus. But now thanks to Meatless, these days are almost over!
I placed an order last Friday through the app to try out the service. It couldn’t have been any easier or faster. With a clean and attractive appearance, the app is very straightforward and easy to navigate. One of the coolest features is that you can filter for only those restaurants that deliver to your location.
Meatless began with 10 establishments at the time of the launch. Here’s a little summary to make things easier:
Vegan and vegetarian pizzas. You can also choose a gluten-free pasta.
*Delivers to: Downtown, Bela Vista, Pinheiros, Vila Madalena, Aclimação, Cambuci, Vila Mariana, Liberdade, Brás and Barra Funda
Vegan and vegetarian pizzas, desserts and juices.
*Delivers to: Pinheiros and Vila Madalena
Vegan dishes, sandwiches, salads, juices and desserts.
*Delivers to: Bela Vista (Near the Augusta x Av. Paulista intersection)
Vegetarian/vegan dishes, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
*Delivers to: Butantã, Vila Olímpia, Itaim, Morumbi, Vila Nova Conceição and Jardim Paulistano.
Vegetarian and Vegan Doners, Falafel Doners, side dishes (portions of falafel and French fries), salads and desserts.
*Delivers to: Vila Mariana, Aclimação, Chácara Klabin, Saúde, Bela Vista, Liberdade, Cambuci, Itaim, Vila Clementino and Planalto Paulista
Breakfast, vegetarian sandwiches, açaí, cupuaçu, broths and juices.
*Delivers to: Pinheiros and Vila Madalena
Vegetarian sandwiches, pasta, detox juices, desserts, acai, cupuaçu.
*Delivers to: Santo Amaro, Vila Cruzeiro, Brooklin and Jabaquara
Vegetarian and vegan pizzas.
*Delivers to: Mooca, Belém, Tatuapé, Brás, Cambuci and Liberdade
Breakfast, sandwiches, tapioca, appetizers, juices, desserts, etc.
*Delivers to: Vila Olímpia, Itaim, Vila Nova Conceição and Moema
Dishes, snacks, salads, sandwiches, juices and desserts.
*Delivers to: Higienópolis, Jardim Paulista, Perdizes and Bela Vista
*Delivery locations are approximates.
The beta version of Meatless was launched in August for the Android platform and already has more than 200 downloads. The expectation is to reach 5 thousand users by December with the launch of the iOS version. Next year, the creators plan to leverage a strong user base to attract new investors, so the app can really take off.
As you guys know, being vegan or vegetarian in São Paulo is a piece of cake. In addition to being another tool that makes our lives easier, Meatless is also an excellent opportunity for restaurants in this space to advertise and expand!
So let’s support Meatless to make sure it grows and eventually covers every city in Brazil!
To install the app on your Android phone, just go to the Google Play store and search for Meatless.