Almost, because it failed to reach my expectations, no, the actual standards that I, and every Subway-munching fan hold dear and it is most unfortunate that it is happening in Ljubljana, Slovenia that is a new and emerging market for this product. This is the reason I’m bringing it up here on XYZone.
I know that you can never beat the way the ol’ black mama’s do it in America’s “deep south” like I had in New Orleans, man, you can’t beat that for the world. They put so much heart and enthusiasm and ‘Southern hospitality’ into your sandwich that you feel you are eating in their own kitchen. They jam so much filling in it you almost max-out the paper rapping it’s so full.
In the Chicago area they are nearly all run and owned by Continental Indians and the expression “Indian giver” seems appropriate. I found myself thinking twice before ordering there knowing I wouldn’t get much more then a ‘happy meal’ in my foot-long sub, but being a loyal Subway fan I did anyways, reluctantly.
The fundamentals however are the same, namely the trademark way they (should) put on the cheese triangles in a zig-zag formation on the bread (not to mention the standard 3 cheeses to choose from, Swiss, American and Cheddar) and heating up the “meal packs” of the typically hot meals, like “Steak & Cheese, “Meatball Marinana” and “Chicken Teriyaki” before putting them on the bread regardless if you want it toasted after or not.
This was far from how they did it here, they just had one kind of cheese (probably just local Gouda) and put it on haphazardly then just dumped cold steak packs on it. I ended up with a cold ‘adolterated’ crumbly sandwich that should have been a deliciously hot ‘Stake and Cheese” wonder-sub. It’s not that they did not care, the girls were very professional, but sadly ill trained.
Now I do not like being a whiner so I ate it and tried to enjoy it what I could. I do not believe in making a western-style scene complaining to the staff in front of others, but I do not like the fact that locals are paying good money and getting the complete wrong idea of a product. Would you like to buy Nike shoes with the insoles put in wrong? Or a Big Mac with a cold burger or with the cheese on the bottom? There should be certain rules, you’d think an International franchise would, (thankfully they did have imported jalapenos) that are applied even in developing countries.
They deserve just as much care and attention as demanding westerners, even if they do not know any better, it’s called service.
Next time I’ll just get a burek.