So much food, so little flavor | July 7, 2017 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

Eating Out - July 7, 2017

So much food, so little flavor

Hit or miss Mediterranean fast-casual food at Sajj in Mountain View

by Alissa Merksamer

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.

This story contains 869 words.

Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.

If you are already a member, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Membership starts at $12 per month and may be cancelled at any time.

Log in     Join


Posted by Roy M.
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:44 am

Roy M. is a registered user.

Having been to both the San Jose and Mountain View locations, I could not disagree more with this review. The food is a cut above typical fast food with enough variety to satisfy most people. My picky kids both enjoyed the rice bowls they got from the kids' menu. The falafel and the different shawarmas are tasty, especially when mixed together in a shawafel. The lentil soup is also good. For those like me who like spicy, it is simple enough to add the hot sauce they provide on the side to liven it up. Oh, and the portions are large enough that after lunch there dinner in the evening is not required.

Most important, the service is much better than what you would expect at a Chipotle type restaurant. The staff is very helpful in explaining how the system works and willing to make accommodations.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

It's really unfair to say something like this ...

> it has done to Mediterranean food what Chipotle has done to Mexican food — made it fast, customizable and, too often, forgettable.

I don't get to Chipotle as often as I would like, but I do always think of it when I need something fast, simple, healthy and tasty. It is not really forgettable, at least to the millions of people who remember it enough to support what I imagine are hundreds of restaurants.

Chipotle has had some challenges recently, and this kind of taken for granted off-hand slam is not fair or accurate to either place - even if you are trying to communicate a negative experience. Just say what you are going to say, i.e. your honest experience and opinion and leave out the insults to places that are not being reviewed and where your own opinion is a kind of restaurant reviewers hearsay.

Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

Wow, that's quite a hit piece. Restaurant preference is of course subjective, but as a regular customer of Sajj, i'd say the review is as close to objectively wrong as you can get. Ordering intimidating? Didn't you say it is "just like at Chipotle"? It is no more or less confusing. But the worst inaccuracy starts with the title, and the claims of little flavor or blandness. That's just absurd - Sajj is great because it of the bold flavors - the peppers, the pomegranate chicken, tangy cabbage,the garlic paste..

4 stars on yelp
Web Link

The falafel is dry though.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.


Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 30 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away almost $10 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.