Without any doubt, if you are trying to avoid meat, then sandwich restaurants, or sandwich bars (whatever we call them) are the best way to go when dining out. They are sure to have meatless options and one of our “go to” sandwhich restaurants is Subway.
About the Restaurant
I don’t know if this is a strategy but Subway manages to find the smallest nooks in malls and decide to build their restaurant there and have nothing but a few sets of tables and chairs. The area where you get to line up for your turn and see your sandwiches assembled is really too small and gets cramped up when 2 or 3 customers line up and order at the same time. Honestly, during that bit of the processed (the ordering), unless you have the store to yourself, is not comfortable. During the rush service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours), sandwiches will be sitting on the chopping board while you wait for your turn to pay at the counter. Assembly is pretty fast but when one customer order for 2 or more subs, then it creates a bottle neck in assembly and the cashier. Other Subway branches have tables outside the restaurant, but still not enough to seat most people who come to buy during service hours. I guess it’s ok since you can really eat the subs while standing up, walking around, or even just take them back to the office, or wherever. We like to dine in, but if we don’t have a choice, we take our subs to the food court. :) Plus side to all the Subway branches we’ve visited so far, they’re all clean.
About their Menu
We’ve always been fans of subway and with fast food prices going higher, Subway’s P99 subs are looking like cheap deals. Every once in a while they also have P69 promo (6 inches) and this month’s promo is Ham. Yep, so no use for vegetarians, but very cheap for those who want to eat subs made with freshly baked bread and crisp fresh veggies.
By the way, I asked if I can order the promo Ham (for PHP 69) and then just request to not have any ham on my sub and just have veggies, instead of ordering Veggie Delite for PHP 99, they said no. Because those are two different subs, and that’s why they have Veggie Delite as an option. Tsk… I’ll try again next time.
Their subs are divided into 3 price ranges (6 inches) — the P99s, the P120s, the P150s.
The 99s are:
Ham (currently sells for P69 – promo)
B.L.T. (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato)
Veggie Delite (yep, that’s how they spell it)
The 120s are:
Italian B.M.T. (What BMT stands for or what it could stand for is explained here)
Sliced Chicken and Ham
The 150s are:
Steak and Cheese
If you want to make them 12 inches (foot long), you just have to pay an additional of 95PHP instead of the full price of another 6″ sub. I think that’s a sweet deal. So if you’re ordering for 2 people and you are getting the same sub, just order a foot long, and request to have them cut the sub in half. They’ll wrap them separately, and you can choose different sauces for each 6″.
Before anything else, you’ll have to choose from 4 bread options (Honey Oat, Italian, Parmesan Oregano, and Wheat). We always order Honey Oat but incase they run out of it (or if it isn’t ready yet), the rest are ok. Honey Oat bread has a crunchy sweat exterior, coated by oats and honey (of course), and a soft interior. We, always order Veggie Delite footlong (so that’s 99PHP + 95 = 204PHP) and just ask them to cut the sub in half. Most of the times, if you order Veggie Delite, they’ll ask you if you want cheese in your sub or not. This is incase you are Vegan. We like cheese in ours, then we request to have the sub toasted before they add the veggies. They’ll then ask you if you want all the veggies in. We want all veggies, and request them to be generous with pickles and bell peppers. Our sauce of choice is Sweet Onion, but sometimes I switch it up to Chipotle Southwest (spicy) or a combination of Oil and Red Wine Vinegar.
Veggie Delite tastes yummy! A big factor is the that the bread is freshly baked, the bread’s crust is crunchy, and the veggies are fresh and crisp. You hear and feel the crunch in your mouth and have a full load of all the ingredients in each bite since they make sure to spread the veggies evenly.
We order 2 12″ subs and have them both sliced into 6″ subs and then have the 2 subs to go (take out) on separate bags. For Mario and for me, our lunch. It’s hard to come by vegetarian meals under 100PHP. Scrap that! It’s hard to come by vegetarian meals when we’re dining out, and Subway branches are few, so we stock up for lunch and dinner even. ^_^
We’ve always enjoyed going to Subway and we tend to overlook the long line during certain times, and the lack of tables and chairs. I find that the price has become much more affordable and don’t remember that they have changed price the past few years. I just wish there are a lot more Subway branches.
1. You can request to go easy on certain veggies, and be generous with some. Take note that if you listen to other people’s orders, they request to leave out certain veggies (that you like) and even to leave out cheese! So don’t be shy, the veggies you are adding to your sub, are veggies other people opted not to have. Subway isn’t losing money on that.
2. You can have more than 1 sauce to your sub. Mix and match and see which ones you like. You don’t have to just choose one. I haven’t tried 3 sauces but I don’t know how 3 would taste. ^_^; I’m curious but not that curious. Let me know if you tried mixing 3.
3. Go to their branch outside the service rush hours (12-1PM, 6-7PM), otherwise, make sure you pack extra patience in your bag.