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SUBWAY has come a long way in India since it opened its first restaurant in New Delhi in 2001. Over the past five or six years, the distinctive Subway Sandwich logo has sprung up on high streets in cities across the subcontinent (for the full restaurant listings, scroll down the page.) Young Indians have warmed to the image of the American chain, and made it one of their favorite places to swarm to, and hang out in. Meanwhile, Subway (a transnational brand with nearly 30,000 franchises around the world) has developed a unique menu to appeal to the Indian taste. If you are a foreigner visiting India, you might be interested in indulging in some of the Indianized treats at Subway -- for example, the legendary paneer tikka sandwich. If you are Indian, you might be interested in some of Subway's Mid Eastern themed dishes, such as the falafel and humus...

Of course, this ain't fine food, and it ain't streetfood delight either -- many purists would consider Subway an agent and a symptom of cultural imperialism. It is certainly true that for many young Indians, restaurants like Subway represent the freedoms and cool of the West. They are a place to hang out, like Lotteria in Vietnam. As Mouth Shut reviewed it: "I tend to eat at Subways when I'm out with a bunch of friends and we need a place to sit, eat and drink and rest our tired behinds for hours. Good thing about Subways here are they are never really jampacked so there's never a line to enter or place your order like at McDonalds and Baristas. Also, you could buy a sandwich and sit for hours and you'lll never get that dirty Get outta here look form those who work there. I speak from experience, I was with friends at the Subway at Bandra for 7 hours, while there was a mad rush of people trying to get into the Barista's next door!

"The ambience at Subway outlets are neat, the seats are well spaced out, just the perfect place to kick back and rest a while and have your lunch or a small snack and move on. However, the sandwishes don't come cheap, certainly not the non-veg ones, the cheapest Sub would be 59 bucks and nowadays you can add 8% service tax to that. It's certainly NOT the place I'd go to treat a bunch of friends!!! But it's a place I'd come to with a bunch of friends."

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FOR quite some time the media in India has been debating the claim that eating Subway Sandwiches is good for maintaining or even reducing weight. This puts Subway in a league apart, from other calory highloaders like McDonald's and Burger King. The debate, not officially resolved in India at least, originates from the story of Indiana University (USA) student Jared Fogle. Fogle, who once weighed a monstrous 435 pounds, credits a strict Subway diet for helping him shed his enormous bulk. Fogle had experimented with other diets for years, to no avail, before he happened upon a nutritional information brochure at a Subway outlet, which mentioned how you could lose weight by eating two subway sandwiches that contained less than 6 gm of fat daily. Soon he was hooked! As unbelievable as it may sound, Jared walked 2 kms a day and consumed those sandwiches with an occasional binge on a bag of baked chips and diet coke. He lost 245 pounds (nearly 100 kilograms!).

not sure of home delivery but 3 places in mumbai to get subway sandwiches -Lokhandwala, Bandra and Juhu.

You can get subway at high street phoenix at lower parel .... you can call 28888888 to get the no The sandwich will be accompanied by a soft drink of choice and chips. Items like Kali Mirch Chicken, Chettinad Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Paneer Tikka, Aloo Tikki and Spicy Vegetarian Seekh have also been introduced within the menu to suit the Indian palate. So what is the pocket pinch? A vegetarian would have to shell out anything between Rs 50 and Rs 60. For meat lovers, the prices can go up to anything between Rs 90 and Rs 100. ?Most people are under the impression that the sandwiches at Subway cost a fortune. But you must realise that you are not merely having a sandwich but a complete combo meal in itself with your preferred choice of meat and vegetables. So the pricing has been done keeping in mind the amount of money that is spent on a meal,? says Bajoria. FOR THE BEST AND MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT RESTAURANTS IN MUMBAI -- OR FOR ANY CITY IN THE WORLD FOR THAT MATTER -- FORGET THE NEWSPAPERS: As well as being packed with beefy content and saucy commentary, the explosion of digital camera technology means there are some really great photographic dining guides on the Web these days -- and as they say a picture tells a thousand words, and some of the photos are almost good enough to eat. Here are some of the blogs offering a glimpse of the everchanging Mumbai dining scene, and excerpts from their latest reviews:

subway bangalore: Complete review here.
What this made me realize is how much a place like Subway in the United States has become associated with Indianness. Indians run many of the Subway franchises. I'm not really sure why, and I'm sure I might find something in the work of my friend and colleague Pawan Dhingra who works on Indian business owners and motelling etc. (Well that is a part of his work I remember, though I'm not giving it to the proper complexity it deserves) to explain why so many Subways franchises are run by people from the homeland. There is certainly a long standing tradition of convenience stores owned by desis (think Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from the Simpsons) but maybe the subway desi franchising is something we all know and recognize but just haven't gotten around to documenting.
"I noticed in Subway in Bangalore that the store was entirely staffed by another minority -- the Nepalis in the community. The next day I would find out from filmmaker Ayisha Abraham, that there is a large Nepali refugee population in Bangalore. So is there something to this? -- I don't know. But it certainly seems curious to see overlapping movements in the US and India where different type of minorities find a niche within the rather staid and stale world of fast food franchising. What is more, these establishments (particularly in India) sell Americanness. Indians may like sarnies, but its still not everyday fare. It is still something of an unusual commodity -- to eat a footlong sub is just plain excessive. But how easy is it for us to overlook the labor making our food for us? What are the histories that make it necessary, and perhaps even viable, for Gujjus to work in Subway in the US, and Nepalis to work in Subway in India? Moreover, isn't there a stunning asymmetry between the idea of Subway (or for that matter any fast food establishment) in India selling footlong sarnie as part of an access to America, and then we find that sure, in America, sarnies are a part of Indian immigrant life -- but not always in the sense of being consumers, but in terms of serving that food up to others? I'm interested in these links: the ones that seem to speak to a globalized world, yet one that masks the very truths behind who are the laboring forces that bring such goods to your table. At times, I wish I were less shy, and more of an anthropologist: perhaps then, I'd have the chutzpah to do some real research and talk to people, such as the desis in Subway in Nashville and the Nepalis in the Subway on Brigade Road and try to see what these minorities have experienced and what their labored existences have looked like instead of only fixating on how Subway has tweaked Americanness for the Indian palate..."

Due to cultural and religious preferences, some of the ingredients used by SUBWAY® restaurants in India have been changed, but you can still have a �gbahut swaad�h (delicious) SUBWAY® sandwich made by a �gSandwichwala�h (Sandwich Artist). Many SUBWAY® sandwiches that would traditionally be made with beef or pork are made instead with lamb, chicken or turkey. Lamb pepperoni and salami are popular choices at SUBWAY® restaurants in India. In addition, SUBWAY® restaurants in India feature separate ordering and preparation areas for the comfort of those purchasing vegetarian foods. Although the most popular sandwiches at SUBWAY® shops in India are the Roasted Chicken Breast sub and the Veggie Delite, there are a number of sandwiches that have been developed especially with the Indian palate in mind. They include Corn and Peas; Falafel; Humus; Spicy Veggie; Garden Pizza; Chicken Tikka; and Paneer Tikka. Paneer is similar to cottage cheese and Tikka-style foods are cooked in clay ovens with traditional Indian spices and are available with a garnish of Mint Mayonnaise. subway nungambakkam chennai india: Complete review here.
"Nungambakkam subway is a cool place- Such that one feels like wanting to go there again and again! the food's tasty and whats more important is that the ones like us who are trying to watch our weight can eat without a care!!! The place is bright and colourful - perfect ambience! Its also probably only one of the few restaurants which is WIFI!! cool isnt it?????
"AND LO!! what a fantastic substitute to eating just salads in order to lose the extra pounds! Hey hey not to miss the awesome choco cookies available there...... one look at the cookie and wow!!!! one bite of the cookie and the thought would be - 'size doesn't matter'- ..."

: "I love good food. And I love walking around searching for good food (food walks I call them). Let me share with you, dear fellow foodie, some of my favourite eateries... Read on. It's my very own Vikram Karve's Value For Money Good Food Guide. I've walked there and eaten there. It's a totally random compilation as I write as I remember and I may have missed out some of my favourites but I'll add them on as and when memory jogs me and also keep adding new places I discover during my food walks..."
Here are some of Vikram's Mumbai food suggestions:
Vada Pav: CTO Vada Pav (Ashok Satam's Stall) alongside the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) at Flora Fountain (Hutatma Chowk). Or at Sahaydri at Churchgate.
Misal Pav: Vinay in Girgaum . Walk down Marine Drive, cross the road near Taraporewala Aquarium, take the lane between Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre and Ladies Hostel (it's called Income Tax Lane), cross the railway overbridge, walk straight on Thakurdwar Road, cross Girgaum (JSS) Road, walk a bit and Vinay is to your right.
Kheema Pav: Stadium. Next to Churchgate Station. Kyani at Dhobi Talao.
Seekh Kebabs: Ayubs (Chotte Mian). Take the lane to the left of Rhythm House Music Store at Kalaghoda and let your nose guide you.
For more good tips, visit Vikram's blog.

Contact the author Rob Sullivan at coderot@gmail.com. Anticopyright August 2007.