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Sandra2 Jul 19, 2013 09:06 PM

The first time I went to Taiim I had the felafel sandwich. My only complaint was that the felafel and salad and fixings weren't IN the pocket of the pita but ON it and the pita was then rolled up in paper. This is not the way it's usually served and makes the proportion of bread to filling too high. If it's to be rolled up, the pita should first be cut open so it's a single layer of bread.

So today July 19 I went back. Outside temp approaching 100 degrees and very humid on the 7th day of the current heat wave. Inside temp and humidity even higher. It was almost unbearable sitting there to eat, and I felt so sorry for the staff. They said there was AC but the machine was very noisy and apparently not functional for cooling.

This time I tried the felafel platter which comes with a small Israeli chopped salad, a little tachina sauce, a pita and choice of fries or rice or mujaddara, with hot sauce available on request. To my utter surprise, the hot sauce is a bottle of Tabasco -totally inauthentic. When I asked for real hot sauce (zhug) I was told there's a small extra charge. Thank goodness I asked how much because it was $3 for the same tiny container that the tachina came in. I was expecting maybe 50c. When I said it was an excessive amount the server said, well we make it ourselves. I should hope so!!!! And for $3 you can make a jar of sauce, never mind an ounce. Ridiculous penny pinching by the owner.

Also the salad, while tasty and pretty, wasn't chopped finely enough to be called Israeli chopped salad. And the mujaddara was just yellow rice with a few lentils mixed in and a few threads of fried onion on top instead of being almost equal quantities of rice and lentils.

On the positive side, the pita was fresh and the felafel fried to order, not pre-made and soggy.

All in all though, a disappointment.

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    mrsdebdav RE: Sandra2 Jul 20, 2013 07:43 PM

    Sandra2, I had one awful experience at their Scarsdale outpost and that was enough. The service was downright rude, the prices were ridiculous, and the food was inauthentic and not at all tasty. How sad that what was probably once a mission has become a total sell-out.

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