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THIS FAST FOOD IS NOT JUNK



Subway: get your best submarine sandwich — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

ON A Sunday afternoon in Connecticut, in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and his older friend Peter Buck decided to start a submarine sandwich business to garner enough funds to see DeLuca through college. With a capital of $1,000, they started a small store from a counter in a rented shop. Today, in its 38th year of operation, Subway (the world's largest submarine sandwich chain) has 20,060 restaurants in 73 countries. It recently came to India (Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Chandigarh), and now has landed in Bangalore.

The dine-in/ takeaway outlet at Mota Royal Arcade gives you some delicious options for non-greasy submarine sandwiches, which are layered with exotic meats and crisp vegetables. Understandably enough, its menu for India incorporates nine vegetarian options in both hot and cold submarines.

The basic vegetarian options are the warm veggie delite and the cold garden pizza submarine, both of which are loaded with vegetables.

Other variations include the spicy veggie (with a dash of pickles) and the corn and peas sub, which again comes with vegetables and a mix of corn and peas. A delicious patty, made of vegetables and potatoes, is neatly tucked into the bistro garden sub, while dollops of hummus find their way into the hummus and falafel sub.

Manisha and Sanjay Bajaj, who opened this franchise, have just completed a one-month diploma at Connecticut, where they were taught the basics of the Subway business, including hygiene and customer service. Says Manisha: "One can really have a healthy meal here. Subway is a great choice for the health-conscious, as we use a lot of vegetables and don't fry the ingredients. So you can eat fast food and still eat healthy."

With a choice of breads like brown whole-wheat bread, white Italian plain, honey oats, sesame hearty, and parmesan cheese oregano, Subway serves you submarine sandwiches right through the day and even for breakfast.

Non-vegetarians enjoy a number of options at Subway. Popular choices in the classic submarines include the Italian BMT (in typical Subway lingo, BMT stands for biggest, meatiest, and tastiest) and the Subway melt. While the Italian BMT includes the classic salami, pepperoni and ham, the Subway melt has turkey, chicken and lamb, served with regular fillings of lettuce, tomato, olives, pickles, cheese, and so on. Other options include the meatball sub, with meatballs in marinara sauce and a range of chicken-based subs such as chicken tikka or fajita.

Another section of select submarines offers you a number of submarines with fillings and special sauces such as smoked chicken in honey mustard sauce, shredded chicken in teriyaki sauce, the red vine vinaigrette club and so on.

Subway also serves salads that include lettuce, tomato, green peppers, olives and pickles, with vegetarian, chicken, tuna or turkey options.

Sandwiches are available as six-inch or foot-long submarines or deli-style burgers, with or without cheese. Add chips and a drink to your choice of sandwich, and you could also get yourself a meal deal. On an average, a six-inch sub would cost you Rs. 69 to Rs. 79, while specific ones may be more or even less.

Subway also delivers orders for a minimum order value of Rs. 150. It can be contacted on 5091320/ 51121905.

Ambience: Informal and comfortable

Service: Good

Specials: Non-greasy submarine sandwiches.

Wallet factor: The average sub would cost you between Rs. 69 and Rs. 79

TINA GARG

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