A new kid on the block in our local fast food scene, Yellow Submarines has been serving up cheesesteak, subs and burgers in the heartland since its first and only outlet opened in Toa Payoh Central last April.
It is hard to miss this eye-catching restaurant in cheery yellow colour located in a conspicuous corner where a former bridal studio used to be. When you come out from Exit C of Toa Payoh MRT Station, go straight ahead for a few metres and turn right till you reach a pedestrian crossing. Yellow Submarines will be on your 10pm direction.
Why ‘Yellow Submarines’? Because each beef bread roll dripping with cheese resembles a yellow submarine.
It doesn’t have an extensive menu compared to other fast food biggies but it offers some interesting choices of beef, chicken, fish or mushroom sub, beef or chicken burger, quesadillas, fried chicken and desserts.
What I have here is no where near the picture on the menu. The generous serving of beef slices, though juicy and tender, are pale in colour and under-seasoned. If not for the cheese sauce, this sandwich would be a totally bland one. The beef in most if not all of the Philly cheesesteaks I had before were all nicely browned over the griddle for colour as well as flavour so I am quite disappointed that the beef isn’t prepared in the same way here. The onions aren’t caramelised too. And the cheese sauce is a little diluted. I do like the fresh bread roll that’s light and soft in the middle. Overall, it is decent as a normal sliced beef sandwich but to call it a cheesesteak, it’s just not quite there.
These thick cut fries are quite a treat compared to the usual shoestring ones but they are just like the regular frozen french fries so nothing could go wrong. The same runny cheese sauce from the sub is drizzled over the fries here. Subtle flavour, just not cheesy enough. Do note the sauce will be at the bottom of the cup so dig right down before you finish the fries.
My overall verdict? Price is steep for a set meal here and serving size is about average. While it’s nice to have a change every now and then, this is not a sandwich I’d keep coming back for. Get me a Subway Melt instead!
Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central
Tel: 6352 7890
Opening hours: 10.30am to 10.30pm daily