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Nov 15, 2008 07:29 AM

Review: PF Changs Natick Mall

Went to Natick Mall after work and my SO wanted to try PF Changs, I resisted but gave in, afterwards she wishes she had listened to me.

We were there 5pm and just wanted it was not too busy, ordered shrimp lo-mein with vegetables and flash-wok beef. We weren't huungry enough to order a lot of dished like we normally would.

The food arrived and we found both dishes to be very salty and not that flavorful. After the meal, told the manager that the dishes were salty and he did offer free desert. But said that soy-sauce based dished would be salty. I've eaten at many asian places, as my wife is asian and haven't had chinese food this salty.

I could have gone to a real chinese rest and paid half for the same dishes and would have been happier. I chalk this one up to experience.

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  1. Bad decision with SIchuan Gourmet #2 down the street! ;-)

    1. You went to PF Chang's - there is your mistake

      1. Given how consistently awful P.F. Chang's is, it seems like the only takeaway from this is, "Wow, someone was shopping in the Natick Mall?"

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          That's Natick COLLECTION to you, pal. As in, Collection of Overpriced Stores and Condos that nobody can afford to shop or live at.

        2. Most people like salty food (for some reason) and chains add a lot. Take a look at the salt content at McD

          stand alone anything can do what they want since they are not advertising on a national level and can attract a local crowd with "flavor"

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          1. re: tfed

            Salt is delicious, that's why. Ever watch Top Chef?? Head Judge Tom (not from McDonald's) is constantly complaining about underseasoned food, by which he means little salt or pepper.

            You don't have to follow the food nazis.

            That said, PF Changs survives just like any other chain, it delivers a constant 5.5 out of 10 whereas an independent IS much more likely to deliver an 8 or a 9, it also is very possible to get '2 or 3' food. The worst meals of my life haven't been at Ruby Tuesdays or TGI Fridays but have been at indy places that were completely awful in every way imaginable...on the other hand, you'll never have the best meal of your life eating solely at chains. Independents offer risk and reward.