347, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
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The international franchise Subway has come a long way since they first set up shop here. Our recent visit however, proved that Subway is now sub-par when it comes to their food.
The YAMU team has always loved Subway. Something a little different from most other franchises, we'd almost always find ourselves here at least thrice a week every month back when our office was at Duplication Road. We dropped in again for nostalgia's sake and good grief, the quality has gone down.
No matter where you go, Subway is always a great alternative to most fast food options available. Or at least, that's how it used to be. Now they've completely stopped serving all other types of bread except for Italian White (RIP Parmesan Oregano). The veggies are fresh, but sometimes a bit soggy.
Their meats look super funky, but I suppose I can't judge a book by its cover. Still though, for a franchise that made such an entrance back in the day and encouraged so much hype by advertising themselves as one of the healthier options around Colombo, they've managed to go completely downhill.
Ordering here is common knowledge now, but if you must know: you pick your bread, you pick your meat, you pick your greens and your sauces, and pay at the cashier.
Here is a photo of the Subway Club (Rs. 590). No idea why they'd name it that, because they didn't even make an attempt to replicate it. Perhaps this is Subway's own version of a club sandwich? In any case, it's pretty meagre.
You get a few slices of turkey, smoked chicken and perhaps a few slivers of cheddar cheese. The vegetables do their own thing, but don't provide any means to save nor enhance the taste. The sauces can, but then you'd be eating a Honey Mustard Sauce Club.
The Smokey BBQ Chicken Sub (Rs. 450) comes with a helping of curried chicken cubes that looked like they were spicy (but weren't), an obligatory helping of jalapenos and sauces+vieggies of your choice. My friend quite liked this one, she mentioned that it serves as a great pick-me-up if you're craving an easy savoury bite. This sad excuse for a Veg Sub (Rs. 370) was the worst part about our entire night. We asked for extra cheese and they charge an extra Rs. 100 for that. So we ended up paying nearly 500 bucks for a bunch of vegetables and bread. I don't need to tell y'all what the vegetables tasted like, it was just peppers, lettuce, olives, cucumbers and onions. And white bread. For dessert, we tried a Double Chocolate and Macadamia Nut cookie. These cost Rs. 100 and I used to love them so much, I did an entire YAMU Loves post on it. I'd hoped they wouldn't let me down, and thankfully, they didn't. It's still the same, chocolatey, chewy, fudgy cookie it always was. Probably the only win in our review, too.
Let's talk about this. When Subway first introduced their cinnamon rolls, people went nuts. Influencers posted all about it on their social media and weirdly, some loyal customers even advertised it as their favourite dessert.
This stuff was awful. 0/10. It was rock solid, like a pastry that's been sitting on the shelf for 2+ months would be. The 'frosting' was literally, like plastic. It flaked away when you rubbed it. The whole thing was drier than a desert and overall, highly unsanitary.
Service is quite straightforward. The guys manning the counter don't quite seem to love what they're doing which is not how society should function, but that's just my opinion. Overall they're friendly, know their way around the incredibly limited menu and are quick which really isn't all that impressive or special. Suffice to say they do their jobs.
They used to have an upstairs seating area, but now it's closed off. When we went in a light wasn't working and the entire diner-effect was amplified tenfold. It was dark, dingy, there were a bunch of mops flung onto a sofa, and just very dreary throughout.
Once upon a time, you'd have seen the entire YAMU alumni causing a general ruckus over a ton of subs and snacks here. But alas, nevermore. Perhaps they're in the midst of rebranding? I hope so.
Once a proper franchise serving up healthy food options, Subway has now completely gone to the dogs in terms of quality. Our recent experience here was the worst it's ever been.
This is consistently good. We love it.
We're glad Subway is in Colombo. Subway is an efficient and consistent franchise, especially if you want to eat healthier and put more veggies in there, or if you want to experiment with the sauces. We think it's good value for money, considering a 6 inch here is only about 200 bucks more than a regular burger at McDonalds, and, in our opinion, both better tasting and better for you.
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