Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Food: Quiznos

Quiznos, which opened its doors in High Street, Taguig about two weeks ago, is a fairly new franchise in the Philippines but this U.S. brand has been around for over two decades. In fact, it got a headstart in the toasted sandwich business, even before rival chain, Subway, according to its Wikipedia entry. It will be interesting to see how the brand will do here considering that we are a rice country. For starters, the local franchise has adobo in the menu.

The restaurant's ambience is bright and open with a sleek vintage aesthetic. Everything is done by self-service; sauce and utensils are in one corner, and you are also strongly encouraged to clean up after yourself by placing your tray, basket, and trash in the proper recycle bins.

For the sandwiches, we tried chicken carbona (chicken, bacon, mozzarella, mushroom, parmesan alfredo sauce), meatballs in marinara sauce (with mozzarella and parmesan), and pulled pork with barbecue sauce (with cheddar and lettuce), all in rosemary parmesan bread. Other bread choices are wheat and Italian white. They come in 5-, 8-, or 11-inch sizes.

The 11-inch sandwich in rosemary parmesan bread

Pulled Pork with Barbecue Sauce (P235)

Meatballs in Marinara Sauce (P235)

Chicken Carbona, already split in thirds (P235)

The runaway winner for me was the carbonara sandwich. I admit I initially questioned the judgment of whoever thought of this (lol) but the rich and creamy combination did work for my palate.

I'm not sure if it was just birth pains or a fluke that particular day but I found the rest our orders a little wanting in salt. (Among my four friends, only two of us complained about this, so it may also be just our taste. Also, as a warning, eat carefully :-P The toasted bread tends to scrape your gum as it happened to the three of us.) Fortunately, you can get this from the condiment corner:

This has to be the Magic Sarap of sauces because this greatly enhanced my eating experience. It has a sweet, spicy, and barbecue flavor that I thought made the meat sandwiches perfect. On a somewhat related note, I hope the restaurant would at least provide a washroom (it has no toilet) as it would prevent us from licking the juice and sauces off our hands :-P

We had to split up the 11-incher (from P225); 8" (from P175) should be filling for someone with a regular appetite, while the 5-incher (from P125) looks enough for someone on a diet :-P See the complete menu here.

A pleasant surprise was the cookie, which we all raved about. Make sure to eat it while it's fresh from the oven and hot.

Chocolate Chip Cookie (P35)


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