Shuttle Delivery a Food Delivery App for Foreigners in Korea

South Korea’s foreigner population has surpassed 1.87 million, accounting for 3.5 percent of the population, 2018 government data showed. South Korea has over 640,000 restaurants, however, 80% of these restaurants fail in the first 5 years. So why are these restaurants in Korea failing? Most are failing to incorporate new food technologies as well as capitalizing on the foreigner community in Korea.  Most foreigners in Korea use the Food Delivery App Shuttle Delivery.

Shuttle Food DeliveryShuttle Delivery is a Korean and English-friendly, food delivery service for Restaurants in Korea. Their website and app are all in English, so it makes it easier for foreigners living in Korea to order from their favorite restaurants. One of the main issues for foreigners living in Korea is that most food delivery sites are all in Korean and can be a pain if you don’t understand Korean. Shuttle Delivery is by far the easiest food delivery service to use for foreigners living in Korea. Every member of the Shuttle Delivery team is an English speaker, therefore their customer service can communicate with you and help you solve any issues. Foreigners in Korea can use Shuttle every day from 11 am until midnight. They are even open on holidays.

History of Shuttle Delivery

The company started off in Itaewon a foreigner district in Seoul. Their main targets were ex-pats, foreign tourists, and Korean Americans/Westerners working in Korea. Today they are by far the biggest food delivery platform for the ex-pat community in Seoul and have expanded outside of Seoul to cities like Busan and Pyeongtaek. CEO Jason Boutte founded Shuttle when he couldn’t find a single restaurant that would deliver his favorite food, a burrito. So he decided to start his own food delivery service.

From there it was a huge grind. Jason had to hustle and hustle he did. He bought three bikes and waited outside schools to recruit students to work part-time. He built his webpage and soon decided to work with his main competition in Itaewon Bird Riders Food Delivery. The company they came up with was Shuttle Delivery. What makes Shuttle Delivery so successful is that they engage with the community and go out of their way to make sure customers are satisfied.

How does Shuttle Delivery Work?

  • Users can download the Shuttle app on iOS and Android or they can access their website.
  • Users then can create an account using their email address.
  • One account can have multiple addresses.
  • Select the preferred address.
  • Shuttle Delivery will show the restaurants based on how close they are to your home.
  • Choose a restaurant.
  • Select the food you want to be delivered.
  • Confirm the order.
  • Check out (Pay Online or at the door) Can even pay with cryptocurrencies.
  • After every order, an email will be sent so you can check your order.
  • A text message will be sent to your phone will an estimated delivery time.

The Shuttle Delivery Service

Delivery time ranges from 40-60 minutes depending on the restaurant. The delivery fee will depend on the location. The further you are from the restaurant the higher the delivery cost.  A helpful tip is not to select a restaurant that is too far away. The reason being that the delivery fee will be higher, it will take longer, and the food quality will not be as good.

Users of Shuttle see a wide range of restaurants and each will have their own page where you can see the restaurants menu and the price. They also provide office hours and prep time estimates.

Shuttle Food Delivery in Korea

Why Choose Shutte?

What is awesome about Shuttle is that the user can also request the driver to stop by the local CU or store to bring extra items such as soda, ice cream, cigarettes, soju, etc. There will be an additional 20% delivery fee for all items purchased at the store.

Shuttle Delivery has a great customer service support system. If users have any issues they can message the team on their Facebook page. Or they can call their English customer service hotline at1661-8482.

Foreigners in KoreaKorean restaurants need to get listed on Shuttle and get access to their foreigner community. Korean restaurants that are interested should email partners@shuttledelivery.co.kr.  

Special Features

Shuttle Credit 

Users will be able to earn Shuttle credits by recommending Shuttle Delivery to their friends. Users can use the Shuttle credits to pay for their meals.

Crave Catering

This is Shuttle’s full-service catering operation. They have already catered events for the American Chamber of Commerce, the British Chamber of Commerce, the British Embassy, the Seoul Foreign School, and Yongsan International School just to name a few.

Finally a Food Delivery App for Foreigners in Korea

Finally, foreigners in Korea can get delicious food delivered directly to their homes. There is no need to speak Korean, write/read Korean, or have a Korean phone number. Shuttle Delivery continues to add more and more restaurants every day. They are also expanding their reach across Seoul. Those that are living in their covered zones should download their app right away.

Shuttle Delivery Zones

Shuttle Delivery is not looking to be the cheapest food delivery service but the best. Therefore they put service and quality over everything else. They are not looking to add all the pizza restaurants but the best. If you look through their menu you will find a wide variety of authentic gourmet food. Their curation of restaurants is a key feature that sets them apart from their competitors. There is nothing better than relaxing at home and having the food come to you. Foreigners living in Korea who haven’t used Shuttle are missing out. Here is a list of some of our favorite foods we order from Shuttle Delivery.

Top 10 Foods to Try on Shuttle Delivery

1. Rainbow Roll from Nori Table

Rainbow Roll Shuttle Delivery

Price: 13,000 won

Nori Table is our choice as the best restaurant on Shuttle Delivery. This is mainly because we love rolls! However, in Korea, it is hard to find good sushi rolls. Thank god for Nori Table. They have a large selection of sushi rolls and some of our other favorites are The Swaggy G which is a spicy tuna roll with shrimp tempura inside and the Mount Holla which is an avocado, hamachi, and cucumber roll that is cut into pieces then topped with tempura flakes, spicy sauce, eel sauce, and fish eggs.

2. Chicken Kebab from Ankara Picnic

Chicken Kebab in Seoul

Price:  5,900 won

Anakara Picnic has hands own the best Kebab in Seoul. Usually, there is a line out the door at Anakara Picnic but foreigners in Seoul still travel all the way to Itaewon just to eat this chicken kebab. Thanks to Shuttle you can have this delivered to your home. The chicken kebab has lettuce, tomato, a single slice of pickle, spicy sauce, and their famous white sauce. It is the white sauce that makes all the difference.

3. Cheese Pizza from Gino’s New York Pizza

Best Cheese Pizza in Seoul

Price:  18,000 won

The best pizza in Seoul has to be from Gino’s New York Pizza. We not only recommend the cheese pizza but all their pizzas. The pizza has a hot thin crust. The cheese is nice and stringy. We would also recommend the pepperoni pizza and they are not cheap with the topping. We suggest you also order the hot buffalo wings for 10,000 won.

4. Chicken Green Curry from Amazing Thai

Green Curry in Seoul

Price:  12,000 won

For those that love Thai curry, we would suggest the Chicken Green Curry at Amazing Thai. The coconut curry is super creamy and goes perfect with the rice. We would recommend you share the curry as too much green curry could be too much.  A couple of spoons of the green curry go great with Pad Thai (12,000 won). What makes the green curry great is that you can always eat it later and it will taste just as good.

5. Chicken Platter from Halal Guys

Chicken Platter

Price:  10,900 won

The famous Halal Guys from the streets of New York are in Seoul. Those that love the chicken platter can now have it delivered to your home thanks to Shuttle Delivery. The chicken platter is huge and might be too much to finish in one go. Make sure to mix the platter fully before eating to get the full experience. Be careful because the sauce is very spicy and it is recommended you get the spicy sauce on the side. We would also recommend the falafel for those that do not eat meat.

6. Pares-sa Pla Kapong from Saint Augustin

Saint Augustin in SeoulPrice:  32,000 won

This is a steamed barramundi fish, in a sauce that is made with lots of fresh lime juice, garlic, and chilies. We would recommend you eat this with at least one other person. It is both sweet and sour and goes great with a bowl of rice. I would see this while walking past Saint Augustin but of course, I would never sit alone and order it. So when I saw it on Shuttle Delivery, I decided to give it a try and it was for sure worth it. A bit on the pricy side but 100% worth the try.

7. Yuzu Ponzu Salmon Poke from Hooked Poke

Poke in Seoul

Price:  10,800 won

For those that want to eat healthily, Shuttle Delivery has many healthy options from vegetarian to clean dishes like the Poke Bowl. They offer a wide range of fresh toppings. Our favorite is the Hawaiian Classic Poke and the Yuzu Ponzu Salmon Poke (pictured above). The Yuzu Ponzu is a gently cured salmon that is aged in rice wine and kombu. It is softly marinated in custom yuzu-ponzu sauce. The perfect clean meal!

8. Massaman Curry from Buddha’s Belly

Budda BellyPrice:  17,600 won

Our favorite dish at Buddha’s Belly is now available to be delivered to our home! For those that have not tried Massaman Curry, don’t miss out. It has a spicy coconut milky broth. In addition, it has coriander, galangal, garlic, Thai chilies, chicken, and potato. It is hard to find a great Massaman curry but Buddha Belly does it right.

9. Pad Thai from Ssong Thai

Pad Thai

Price;  16,000 won

The price of 16,000 won for Pad Thai might be expensive but it is well worth it. Ssong Thai has by far the best Pad Thai in Seoul. We would also recommend the Pad Kao Pak, Pak Tod, and the Lemon Grass Soup. It is open late so you can get your Thai fix after work!

10. Spicy Chorizo from Trevia

Trevia Shuttle DeliveryPrice;  6,500 won

A great place to order a wide range of pizzas. The pizza is a long shaped piece of pizza. Furthermore, there are up to 20 different kinds of pizza made at Trevia. The cheese is made from 100% Italian milk. They also have cheese-free pizza for vegans. Some of our other favorites are the mixed mushrooms, potato & sweet potato, and the Pineapple Margherita just to name a few.