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So much food, so little flavor

Original post made on Jul 9, 2017

Sajj Mediterranean in Mountain View feels more like a fueling station than a restaurant. With two food trucks, five restaurant locations (and more to come), it has done to Mediterranean food what Chipotle has done to Mexican food -- made it fast, customizable and, too often, forgettable.

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Comments (5)

Posted by resident
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

Realistically, what did you expect from an inexpensive fast food restaurant in a shopping mall? Rent is expensive in a mall and the only way for a fast food "ethnic" restaurant to make money is to cut costs and cater to customers from outside their ethnic base who either can't tell the difference or want blander food anyway.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

The last two Weekly restaurant reviews, this one and the one describing the British Bankers Club reopening, have been almost vicious, in tone.

That is both unacceptable and unnecessary, especially in our current age here in the Bay Area that has lacked basic courtesy and human civility for the past many years.

Perhaps the Weekly reviewers can find kinder words to get across their messages to readers about food establishments?

Granted, picking up a pen and thinking about ones words is difficult, and putting their journalistic hatchets aside will take resolve.

But ultimately, that will be better for everyone: the restaurants, readers, the reviewers and The Weekly itself.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

I love Sajj food. It is up to the customer what to add, what not do. I am very surprised of this extremely negative review. A clean, friendly fast food restaurant with good quality ingredients deserves a good review.

Posted by Counterpoint
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

@ Neighbor, while I can agree with you to some extent, there are also millions of fluff, PR-placed "reviews" on numerous social media, that ought to be discounted but are often believed by a naive, breathless public (especially young adults and teens). It's cynical to take advantage of uninformed people as happens so often nowadays and all about big money when "leaders" and so-called influencers like the Kardashians are paid big bucks to supposedly review (endorse, in reality) all kinds of things and products and name drop without discernment; these include Hollywood celebrities and the increasingky ubiquitous "stars" such as reality "stars" a degree, restaurant reviewers! See: San Francisco.
Personally, I appreciate an honest, journalism-quality review, even if you deem it a bit critical. We are lucky to have local journalists to follow our local government, companies, Arts, restaurants...I am thankful.

Posted by Damien
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:29 am

I cannot agree with the review. I have been eating there for quite some time and the food has always been delicious. Of course delicious for a fast food restaurant!

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