We've been exploring global cuisines and going for the healthier option more often this year...
Food delivery service Just Eat has revealed the nation's eating habits for 2016 and it would seem customers were more adventurous than ever over the past 12 months.
The Irish were after new flavours from around the world, with orders for Malaysian cuisine soaring by a massive 3,000%, while demand for Korean cuisine rose by 900%. Orders for Nepalese food shot up 300% and requests for Vietnamese food grew in popularity by 67%.
The data from Just Eat also shows a growing demand for healthy takeaway options with orders increasing by an overall 28% compared to last year. As well as Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisines, healthy options include gluten free, low fat, paleo, low calorie vegetable and salad dishes as well as meal plan options.
Convenience continued to be of prime importance, with workers opting to dine at their desks and have lunch delivered straight to their office. These orders surged 44% year-on-year.
Some 53% more customers choosing to tap the app The number of people using the app to order from their takeaway climbed 53%, with Just Eat expecting its popularity to continue to grow in 2017.
Saturday was the most popular day for a takeaway, with the time between 7pm and 8pm being the peak period for placing orders.
New Year’s Day emerged as the most popular day of the year to order a takeaway and Just Eat anticipates a 30% increase in orders on the upcoming January 1st.
Just Eat Marketing Director, Edel Kinane said:
“We have almost 1900 restaurant partners and over 30 cuisines available on Just Eat so it is fantastic to see that Irish consumers are exploring the huge range available and trying out new and exotic flavours from the likes of Korean, Malaysian and Nepalese restaurants.
"While Chinese, Indian and the phenomenon that is the spicebag remained popular for weekend splurges, it is clear to see that consumers were increasingly health conscious in 2016 with healthy options like Thai and Vietnamese dishes, Paleo meals, meal planner options, salads, soups and pressed juices seeing a huge spike in order numbers."