Review: Falafel Sandwich from Subway
The Falafel Sandwich from Subway first came to my attention a couple years ago and I thought, “the vegetarians will be pleased”. The lack of sandwich choices for those going meatless is a market in need of some attention. Consumer demand for a better alternative to salad stuffed in between bread brings us to a major quick-serve chain finally tapping into falafel.
While the Falafel Sandwich from Subway still hasn’t reached nationwide availability, it’s now available in around 30 locations in the DC Metro area. Subway is all about customization, but for the purposes of this review, I ordered my Falafel Sandwich exactly like the promo picture.
My Falafel Sandwich was priced at $4.75 for the 6″ flatbread size and I added lettuce, tomato, cucumber and zesty cucumber sauce. The toppings application… two slices of tomato, two slices of cucumber, a smattering of iceberg lettuce and a heaping helping of cucumber sauce. As for the falafel, the 6″ size will get you three slightly smaller than golfball sized nuggets of the stuff. So the “stuff”… the falafel. I’m no falafel purist and surely I wasn’t expecting Subway to really amaze me, but even with tempered expectations, the falafel was pretty weak. The chickpeas need some help and there was no flavor punch of necessary seasonings like garlic/parsley/lemon other than a little salt. The falafel had a grassy, chalky aftertaste that instantly glues itself to the tongue. The exterior had no crisp crunch and was more like a dry loaf of pressed veggie meatballs. So very dry.The zesty cucumber sauce lacked any elements of “zesty” and it was a little on the watery side. The incredibly dry falafel needed a lot of moisture to give the sandwich some balance, but even with the good amount of cucumber sauce applied, it didn’t help out too much. The Subway flatbread was actually quite good. The flatbread held the contents of the sandwich together well and was really the one standout ingredient that saved the Falafel Sandwich from complete failure. Soft, yet hearty enough to house a sandwich, the flatbread combined with the sliced crisp cucumbers made the experience a whole lot better. Every bite of falafel had me quickly looking for a bigger bite of something other than falafel to help it go down.At $4.75, a lot of sandwiches are a hard-sell in the world of fast food. The 6″ Falafel Sandwich was big enough to hold its own as filling, but that’s if you can manage to finish it without choking on the incredibly dry falafel balls. I applaude the attempt Subway is making to increase the variety for vegetarians, but there’s just got to be a falafel concoction better than this.
Pros: I liked the flatbread and cucumbers. It looked like the promo picture... almost.
Cons: Very dry and underseasoned falafel. Cucumber sauce was a little on the runny side.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.25/10
More Info: http://www.subway.com