Takeaway Truth is a new occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Subway's Lemon & Herb Chicken sub.
Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we've decided to document the reality of fast food — it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.
Subway's previous appearance on Takeaway Truth was pretty woeful. The Three Pepper Chicken sub was a squashed and soggy creation oozing in melancholy. We awarded it a slightly charitable 5/10.
Described by Subway as an "irresistible new taste", the Lemon & Herb Sub is a limited-edition sandwich that comes with "tender, succulent chicken marinated in zesty lemon juice, garlic and fragrant spices topped with a delicious lemon & herb sauce."
To make the comparison as fair as possible, I asked my local Subway “sandwich artist” to use the same salad ingredients and sauce as shown on the poster.
Here is the Lemon & Herb Chicken Sub as it appears on Subway's website:
And here's what we got served:
Here's a side-by-side comparison:
It's not the worst looking meal to come under the Takeaway Truth spotlight, but that's probably the most charitable thing we can say about it. Once again our bread was decidedly squashed looking and the chicken bears very little resemblance to the advertised image. Hopefully Subway can pull its act together when we test the Steak & Bacon with Cheese sub later in the week. Fingers crossed!
Truth Rating: 5/10
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