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Decline and Fall of a Good Sandwich: EastWest in Westwood

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Decline and Fall of a Good Sandwich: EastWest in Westwood

jenn | May 17, 2006 03:10 PM

Since they opened a few years back, EastWest Sandwiches in Westwood has a been a regular on the lunch circuit for my family and for many of my co-workers. Extremely tasty food, very reasonable price. Alas, those days seem to be over.

Last night, I placed an order for four sandwiches to go--a Cold cuts combo, a korean bbq beef, a chinese bbq pork and a chicken adobo. When I went to collect and pay, I discovered to my dismay that the price of each sandwich had gone up by a full dollar. All of my sandwiches were now $4.95 and the highest price sandwich was up to $5.75. I checked the menu and even the things that used to be in the low $3 range were up to $4.95. Even the cheapest sandwiches--the ham and pork loaf---that used to cost $2.95 were up to $4.95.

But more distressing than the dramatic increase in the cost was the discovery when we consumed our sandwiches that the contents had declined as well. First off, the portions of meat in each sandwich were, dare I say it, positively skimpy. My daughter's char su bao had a single layer of pork and even that barely covered the bread. The balence of the sandwich was chopped lettuce. My chicken adobo was similarly impoverished as to the chicken adobo though there was plenty of mediocre lettuce. Second, nothing seemed as flavorful as before. All of the sandwiches were soggy [and it wasn't the fact of take out--we have done take out on the sandwiches forever--it had to be the bread]. My son --who typically eats his sandwich and then starts hanging over mine--didn't find his combo tasty enough to finish. The char su bao was bland, the kimchee barely there.

When EastWest opened, I always thought that their prices were very reasonable, even low, so I wasn't surprised the first time that they raised the prices [though I remain bewildered as to why they dropped the incrediably pork adobo sandwich]. But with this latest increase, they've not only raised the prices but dramatically dropped the quality and size of the portions---about 2/3 weeks ago, I ate the same combo that my son got last night and it was a completely different sandwich.

I don't know if they have changed ownership--they certainly seemed to be doing enough business. I can only light candles and hope that whatever taints their restaurant is not contagious and doesn't spread to Noodle Planet next door. But, alas, our family will no longer be patronizing the place. In my humble opinion, not worth the money.....

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