Lunch at the Marrybrown

21 October 2009
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Subway the restaurant/fast food/whatever you call it chain doesn’t exist in Sri Lanka. The nearest Subway is in India, and while India has a lot of them, that doesn’t really make up for not having any here. And I get rumblings for subs every now and then, so, knowing that the Marrybrown has subs, we decided to give it a try.

First thing I noticed when we walked in? Free wifi. This is the only place in Sri Lanka where I’ve seen free wifi. I connected – no password needed, even – and sent a few tweets. Yup, it sure did work. πŸ™‚

The menu isn’t hugely extensive, but it does include such delights as Hotouch Totilla, whatever that is. πŸ˜›

We ordered the Satay Classic and two subs.

The Satay Classic was okay. Not great. Not a huge amount of flavour. But edible.

The subs we took home to eat later. They were… disappointing. The lettuce was beyond wilted and all the way to black and half-rotted. Not appealing. At all. Beside that, they had virtually no redeeming value – they tasted… okay. In a pinch, they’d hit the hunger gap. They were edible, but not much more than that.

Would I go back? Only if we had no food in the house and there was nowhere else to eat. But I wouldn’t recommend it, no.

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10 Responses

  1. #1
    Barbfmc 

    Hmmm, mashed potatoes show up on the menu as not available πŸ™‚ and the menu is written in English. Are menus everywhere written in English?
    .-= Barbfmc´s last blog ..Garden Up Pesto Down =-.

  2. #2
    Laurie 

    Fahim says that menus are a Western concept, so if you want a menu, it’ll be in English. He says Sinhala or Tamil menu are not common, although a list of 3-4 items that a shop has is common.

    He also says that most people go to KFC, McDonalds, food courts, and so on, too, and menus there are all in English.

    Fahim’s just told me about panhandlers at the food court asking people to buy them lunch there. That’s a new one for me…

  3. #3
    Barbfmc 

    Interesting. Sounds like another blog topic, really. Is there a class (or its equivalent) defined by speakers/readers of English? Who are these English menus accessible to everyone? (Sorry to bother. Interesting to me)
    .-= Barbfmc´s last blog ..Garden Up Pesto Down =-.

  4. #4
    Laurie 

    Barb, I’m not very qualified to answer, so I asked on Twitter.

    One response I received was from @laktek, who said “I’ve seen multilingual menus offered in some Saiwar cafes (dosa joints) and take aways..most just display a big price “

  5. #5
    Barbfmc 

    Thanks, Laurie. I appreciate your blog and local observations. πŸ™‚
    .-= Barbfmc´s last blog ..Garden Up Pesto Down =-.

  6. #6
    e4c5 

    Laurie, is this the place on the Marine Drive? Have gone past that many times on the way to the kinross beach and often wondered if I should drop in for a snack. Glad I didn’t

    Barbfmc, the menus are usually in English, nearly everyone who visit places like this can speak English or at least read a menu. At side walk cafes you don’t need menus. Everyone knows what’s available!
    .-= e4c5´s last blog ..An Imperial Presence =-.

  7. #7
    Laurie 

    e4c5, yep, that’s the place.

    Thanks for the response about menus, too. There’s still so much I don’t know about this country! πŸ™‚

  8. #8
    Barbfmc 

    Thanks for leaving that menu information – much appreciated. & thanks, Laurie, for follow-up. πŸ™‚
    .-= Barbfmc´s last blog ..Β‘Hola! Puerto Vallarta =-.

  9. #9
    Lauren Smith 

    Just would like to let you know, if you ever have a massive craving for a sub, or something along those lines, head over to the Sandwich Factory. It’s a little pricey, but it’s GREAT value for money, and in my opinion, alot better that some of the bland items that Subway serves πŸ™‚

  10. #10
    Laurie 

    Lauren, we love the Sandwich Factory. πŸ™‚ I LOVE their cajun chicken sandwich. πŸ™‚ We also – on a whim – had their triple decker burger. Oh. My. That was WAY more meat than I had ever expected, especially compared to North American burgers. πŸ™‚

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