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Sahara ~ New Brunswick

Has anyone been here? Any reviews?? Thanks.

http://www.saharacafenj.com/menu.shtml

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  1. Their red lentil soup is very good, everything else I've had is not bad, but not worth a special trip.

    1. Sahara serves good food at reasonable prices and the portions are generous. Most mains are from 12.95-17.95 with either soup or salad. It's also a BYO

      1. Thanks seal and eatinman. It's not near me at all, but sometimes I do have to go to New Brunswick, so I figured I would ask. I hate when websites don't give prices!

        1. Went here last Saturday night with another couple and the woman is from Turkey and she proclaimed Sahara to have the best Turkish food she has eaten in New Jersey. That said we also enjoyed it very much as well.

          Service very good but hectic and the tables on the smallish side in cramped quarters. Prices good for large quantities of food they are very anxious to please. Food we sampled: greek salad, turkish apps like stuffed grape leaves, humus, turkish bread, lamb, chicken of various kinds, shrimp and a few delicious deserts.

          Cost about $70 including tip per couple was a fair price considering the amount of food we ate. We would go back again.

          13 Replies
          1. re: JerzeyShore

            No disrespect to you but it always irks me when I read or hear someone say something like "He's Chinese and said it was the best Schezuan he's ever eaten" or" She's Sicilian and proclaimed the pizza the best outside of Italy". That's as absurd as saying that because I live in New Jersey I am a authority on Cajun food... I very well might be but It's unlikely or my concept of American cuisine might focus on Denny's dinner menu.{I love Denny's by the way}.After one harrowing experience with a so called expert on Cuban food and one very bad dinner, I've come to realize that not everyone is a expert in their whole country's cuisine or has discerning taste for that matter.

            1. re: Duppie

              OK fair enough, but have you tried the Sahara restaurant yourself?

              1. re: JerzeyShore

                I have for lunch while on jury duty,the Shawarma needed more onions and the sauce was rather tasteless but the pita was fresh and fluffy.
                Have you tried the little Jamaican joint behind the train station? Cool Runnings I believe it's called. The chicken roti is pretty good.

                1. re: Duppie

                  I have not tried Cool Runnings, don't get into New Brunswick very often but will keep it in mind for the future. Thanks.

              2. re: Duppie

                I'm totally losing you on your train of thought. There's a HUGE difference between me saying a Korean restauant here is the best i've had outside of Korea (where I'm actually from and know the cuisine) vs. you saying you're an authority on cajun food because you're from NJ.

                1. re: joonjoon

                  Lets see if I can simplify it for you.... America is made up of immigrants from all over the world and humans being who they are feel comfortable in communities. ie Norwegians in Minnesota,Cubans in Florida,Cajuns in Louisiana. In the example I used of China and Italy,the population may be a little less integrated but still boasts a wide spectrum of cuisines.
                  My feeling is that to expect a native Minnesotan to offer a valid critique on Cajun food, A resident of Lanzhou to be an expert on Hong Kong seafood or a young lady from Palermo to accurately break down a recipe for Florentine pastries is at the very most ..optimistic.Can it happen? of course it can, but what are the chances?
                  To blindly consider some one to be an authority on the entire cuisine of a nation simply because they were born and bred there and then be able to definitively attest to it's authenticity or not is naive.
                  I, however consider myself extremely fortunate to have exchanged posts with an expert on the entire spectrum of Korean cuisine. That is what you're claiming to be? Is it not? or perhaps I'm losing you and your train of thought?

                  1. re: Duppie

                    Actually, it's not as "out there" as you imply. Most people have traveled more within the borders of their own country than they have abroad. Particularly if a person is from a smaller country - like say Turkey or Korea - and is well-traveled and takes an interest in food, it seems logical they would have a broader experience and more expertise regarding the conglomeration of cuisines available in that country than someone from another country.

                    In the case of Middle Eastern food, in particular, there is a lot of shared ingredients and similar dishes across the region. A person from the Middle East would likely have a better grasp of what a particular dish should taste like, no matter what the country or sub-region, than someone from another region entirely.

                    For example, I'm a pretty average American. I view pizza as a dietary staple but recognize that there are different types across this country, and have sampled them in my travels. However, if I go to visit friends in Japan, if they ask me to tell them what I think of their local pizza place - how good it is in the context of my broader experience - I can give them a reasonable assessment, assuming they believe I have good taste in food.

                    Assuming someone from a particular country or region generally has good taste in food and is well-traveled in their local area, I really don't think it's at all illogical to assume that they would have more context on which to base their opinions than someone from another part of the world entirely.

                    1. re: Heatherb

                      Point well made,and I will give you that within the realm of a cuisine of smaller countries the chances increase exponentially but to naturally assume that someone can be the authority on any one's entire country or region's food simply because they were born and bred there seem like a rather long leap of faith, Don't you think? Then we have yet to allow that there are people in any Country who simply do not posses, for the lack of a better word, Taste.

                      1. re: Duppie

                        I would argue that the entire Chowhound web site is, at its core, a leap of faith. Most of us haven't met the other people whose opinions we are relying on. Harking back to the posting that sparked this discussion, since people are taking Jerzey Shore's opinion on food, why not accept his/her opinion on other people who know food? Presumably Jerzey Shore would not be citing someone whose opinion they do not trust. I guess this thread caught my eye because I do the same thing as Jerzey Shore did all the time. Generally, if I cite a friend from another region or country when referring to a certain restaurant associated with the same general area, it's because I know they know their stuff, and their place of origin is just the most relevant/unique factor. I guess what I'm saying is that I think we all take food seriously enough on these boards that we can accept certain givens that accompany each post - like it's a given that Jerzey Shore wouldn't be quoting someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. Like when I say "My best friend goes there all the time" - you can bet your life I'm only mentioning that because I have faith in her taste.

                        1. re: Heatherb

                          I'm afraid I hijacked this tread and it was never my intention,so as to not annoy the mods I will concede the point and say that life is a leap of faith but it doesn't necessarily mean I follow blindly .

                          1. re: Heatherb

                            Well said Heather :) And no, Duppie, I'm not actually claiming to be an expert on "the entire spectrum of" Korean food...my only expertise is in eating enormous quantities of it! :D

                            1. re: joonjoon

                              joonjoon,

                              Have you tried the place in Lincroft that replaced Saigon II? (Kimchee & Sushi)

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                              Saigon II
                              650 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

                              1. re: cantkick

                                Kimchi and Sushi was just barely ok for me. I would only go there if I'm nearby for lunch or if I have a killer craving for Korean food but can't make the drive to Edison. I commented on it more in the Saigon thread somewhere... I remember thinking the following about this place:

                                1. Weak kimchi for a place that has kimchi in its name.
                                2. Very limited Korean menu.
                                3. Mushy rice in their rolls.
                                4. Pretty decent bibimbap.

                                But let me add a disclaimer - I only went there once when they first opened - it's been a while so I would hope things have changed a bit.

              3. We tried Sahara a few weeks ago and came away totally unimpressed. Lamb shank special looked and tasted bland. Same went for the lamb kabob, which despite the description of being marinated in herbs and spices, had no character at all. There is much better Middle Eastern food to be found elsewhere.