Lanterns Mall – Its Best & Worst: Subway remains subterranean, Haagen Dazs is cool but hot prices, Roti Hut pleases Muslims and Non-Believers alike
I have no idea why, but I decided to give Subway a third and final try, sometime this year they are supposed to open another branch in Warrens – if it really happens? The original article I did drew much heat for its brutal honesty, but I was not impressed, if you check the comments you’ll see I tried to give it another chance…
Here it is 7 months later and I head back for One Last Try, ok? I wanted Garlic bread and was told none available (Strike One – inadequate supplies), so then I went for whole wheat with roast beef, bacon, extra cheese… I asked for item to be re-heated, asked for Cookie and Coke to make a Full Meal at $3 extra, when I reached the section where they recommended a sauce or condiment for your sandwich, I told them I wasn’t sure which one is best to go with what I ordered… Instead of the attendant asking me to repeat and adding ‘Please,’ or posing, “I beg your Pardon?” Here’s what I heard instead…
“WHAT??” (Strike Two – rude staff) I looked at the girl and she repeated the same brusque, abrupt word… Amazed and unable to explain what was whirling in my head, I merely asked for recommendations again on which sauce or condiment. After they squirted a miniscule rivulet of Chipotle, I ate the concoction, which was COLD (Strike Three – improper heating, poor quality ingredients) and the roast beef tasted like shredded Alpo – an altogether unsatisfactory experience!
“The sliced turkey and ham may not have been frozen like hockey pucks before they serve it to you, but it’s loaded down with artificial ingredients — bulking agents, fillers, processing aids, preservatives and the like.
“Let’s start with the bread, which is baked in the stores, emitting a distinct and lingering odor even outside. The 9-grain wheat, white and sourdough varieties are made with goodies like sodium stearoyl lactylate and ammonium sulfate, which are used as a dough conditioners, and azodicarbonamide, a bleaching chemical most commonly employed in the production of foamed plastics. In the UK, azodicarbonamide has been classified as a substance that can cause asthma when used in an industrial setting. Yummy.”
My only consolation was the fact I was the only customer there, now do not get me wrong, time of night has nothing to do with how many people patronise an establishment. Roti Hut at same Lanterns Mall, for the same day and same time, I saw when I was leaving was CRAMMED!
If you go by Barbados Free Press, Roti Hut needs interrogation immediately as they serve Halal food which means it is approved for Islamic consumption – even Jewish people can use Halal if in a pinch since the food is blessed in a similar manner to Kosher. However, the folks inside Roti Hut do not care if the food is prepared for Muslims, Jews or Buddhists. Pholourie, Samosas, Doubles, Fruit Salads with a wide range of beverages and selections to pick from! The chefs are well versed on how Guyanese and Trini Indians prepare food, just make sure Allah sanctified the victuals.
The following week I visited GALAXY of difference when compared to the Subterranean depths upstairs at Lanterns! FYI – Banoffee is Banana/Toffee; their Coffee is very alert-making… I had some and felt my ears tingle while I ate it and did not get to sleep ’til almost the following day, LOL! They have a choice of two or three scoops with toppings, next I plan to try their waffles and cheesecakes – separate visits of course, LMAO!– this was expensive but somewhat understandable, I have never seen an Ice Cream parlour where the flavours were listed in a Menu? Also the staff bring you the choice of dish to your table, this a
Althoughis more expensive and in a sense more fleeting as it is Ice Cream as opposed to a solid meal, I prefer to return there and sample all the flavours for the way one gets treated and the respect which is given – the same can easily be said about the staff at Roti Hut and so it is no surprise both places despite pricing do not lack for customers!