Dinemore's never struck me as an exceptional place. I've always enjoyed the food and found it tasty, but it's not the kind of place I'd actively choose to go to – it was more of an oh it's just round the corner or grab a quick bite sort of place.
It's been around since 1998, and I've still only ever tried three things on the menu: the chicken sub, the beef sub and the club sandwich. Has anyone else ventured any further? What else do they even do? Had a glance at the menu, but forgot. Nothing notable I don't think (menus in places like these are redundant anyway – you always know what you want and you always stick to it).
Anyway, I went there yesterday and stuck with the standard order: chicken submarine for Rs. 350.
I don't think the food's changed one bit over all these years. The sub's still heavy, really heavy, on the mayo, and served as always with a little heap of soggy fries squashed at the bottom of the brown paper bag. Personally, I'm not a fan of mayo, but I think I'm in a minority on that. Apparently people like a lotta lotta mayo on their foods. Indi
told me this while squirting a good quarter of a squeezy bottle of Hellman's into his mouth. And Pizza Hut's recently introduced a mayo topping for their pizzas – so he's probably right about the sizeable mayo market.
If you love mayo, which apparently most of you do, you'll probably enjoy Dinemore's submarines. And even if you're not a particular fan of the creamy condiment, you might be willing to make the occasional exception. The chicken is tasty - I think it's sautéed with pepper, onions and capsicum – and there's a good bread to filling ratio. Too much bread can be the downfall of a sub.
As for the soggy chips, well, I've always had a strangely soft spot for them. They're limp and crumpled and squashed beneath the sub, but it feels like Dinemore's giving you a little something for free – a little surprise at the bottom of your bag. And they're okay fries. They're not the greatest, but they're not offensive either. Just seems like a friendly gesture.
Dinemore could never have matched The Sandwich Factory in its heyday, but at Rs. 320 for what’s really a rather hefty, filling sandwich, it's pretty good. Not delicious, but tasty, and not too expensive, so cool.
Apparently there are four Dinemore outlets in the Maldives (these look far more exotic than the <a href='http://www.dinemore.lk/index.php?/general/locations'>Colombo ones</a>, although I assume the food's still the same), and a new one just opened up in Wellawatta, Sri Lanka. Also if you’re asking around for directions, ask for ‘Diner More’ since this is how most people seem to pronounce it.