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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Middle Eastern

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

If you go this restaurant, you deserve whatever you may get. The food is good; depends on who's cooking. If you appreciate your waitress/waiter, DO NOT tip with your card. Use cash. The owner keeps all the credit card tips for himself, which I don't believe is legal. If you ask him about it, he will politely tell you that only he and the manager are "servers"; even though, many people actually "serve" food at this restaurant...I would also ask how it is that a City Of Tucson Employee could have passed this restaurant after inspection. Eating out is all the same, mostly. Restaurants are filthy....but....they're not all bad. The food can be very pleasing but, there needs to be less attention paid by the owner to female employees and female customers and more towards running a proper business; i.e.-not stealing tips from your employees. Oh...And, it's probably not alright to be drinking on the job.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wilton on 04/29/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Zayna Mediterranean Cafe

I haven't been disappointed here. The lemon potatoes are amazing, the gyro is succulent and full of flavor, the falafal is one of the best in town. The service has been mostly good, The service is good and swift. This is one of my favorites.

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Posted by Ammasbear on 04/20/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Consumer BEWARE!!!

Check your carry out food before you leave the store.

In Alibaba, you'll be charged ($39.99) for a combo (Beef, lamb and ground beef) but they intentionally give you beef steak, double ground beef and no lamb, while they charge you for the price of the lamb in their combo meal. The food is covered professionally and you think you'll have no reason to open the cover and check the food.
When you let them know about it, they admit that was what they gave you and they've charged you for the lamb combo without telling you!!!

They say they do that sometimes to their customers and they don't refund the customer!!!!

Alibaba restaurant lacks business integrity and honesty.

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Posted by Javad on 08/25/2013 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Zayna Mediterranean Cafe

I can not think of a better Med place except an Egyptian joint in Santa Fe. Very generous portions (as it should always be in the mid-east) lovely flavor profiles and yes, the BEST falaffel in town, crunchy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. AMAZING house-made potatoes. My only complaint would be that the desert cart is almost bare.

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Posted by CambridgeRon on 02/09/2013 at 6:17 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I've been here twice and I wasn't impressed either time. It seems like a horrible value. I ended up paying $17 (tip and tax included) for some grilled veggies, lettuce, pita bread, and hummus. The water tastes really funky. Their sign says vegetarian paradise, but I didn't find that many vegetarian items on the menu. I'm not going back.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by flexitarian on 05/13/2012 at 6:49 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Slow service, took a half hour to get our food. Coupons are worthless, you spend way more money using their coupons than if you did not. This restaurant forgot almost half of our order. We had to remind them that some of our food was missing.............and when it finally arrived we were done eating. Worst restaurant ever!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by CHEY on 04/25/2012 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Falafel King

We had food delivered to our office for a luncheon and were very pleased. We ordered a combo chicken and beef schwarma, greek salad, humuus, tabbouleh, baklava, pita bread, sauces, etc. The food was hot, well seasoned, plentiful, good value and on time. Even folks who weren't sure they liked Lebanese food thought it was delicious. We are ordering again this week.

Posted by FoodFan on 06/18/2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Surly, slow service. Weird pureed "lentil" soup with no discernible lentils - tasted like Campbell's cream of tomato with dry herb garnish. The beef, lamb, chicken were gristly, un-choice cuts, overcooked, unmarinated, tasteless. Hummous was ho-hum, baba ghanoush disappointingly bland. Only the tabouli salad had any flavor. WARNING: Prices are more expensive in person than listed on their website, overly generous gratuity added automatically to check. Smallish portions considering price. VERY UNSATISFYING MEAL.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by M.J. H. on 04/07/2011 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Shish Kebab House of Tucson

Food is ok but the service is terrible. Last time I went I waited ten minutes for someone to come out to seat us or even acknowledge our existence. Just left. Haven't been back since.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by gbsia on 03/26/2011 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Shish Kebab House of Tucson

WOW! The other reviewer must have had a bad day...I went here with my family same exact day as the other reviewer's post. We must have been in different restaurant's. Our meals were outstanding and just the right portions. Service was great too, with our waitress continually asking us if we needed anything and promptly refilling drinks. I had the chicken schwarma with salad and motabal. Schwarma's are meant to be eaten with pita...they are not just plates of meat, hence the reason why they are not big chunks of meat. The chicken had some kind of paprika onions and a sauce that tasted like tahini - really good. The motabal was a roasted eggplant dip that had a really good depth of flavor. The rice, by the way, is not intended to be a "saffron rice" as the other reviewer posted. It was a buttery rice that was probably cooked in chicken broth. It was neither tasteless or dry. If you favor gigantic portions of fat laden food you should stick to McDonald's. If you want very flavorful food with great service, go here. This was a great place and a great experience.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by jamjen on 03/04/2011 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Shish Kebab House of Tucson

Bad service and woefully over priced!

Finally got around to trying this place. Picked up the Lamb Shwarma with Rice for $13 and the Baklava for $3....

Firstly, they were 20 MINUTES LATE WITH MY ORDER so, needless to say that, by the time the bag finally actually showed up, I didn't really bother to check the contents, just blindly trusted that there was enough actual food in the containers to feed a person.

When I got home however, I opened it up to discover- I kid you not (I seriously had to get out my measuring cups to check) 1/4 cup of both a salad and some of the MOST TASTELESS AND DRIEST "Saffron" rice imaginable, and, in comparison to that skimpy portioning a "generous" 1/3 of a cup of tiny dribbles of meat with- and I had to count this part too, 4 of the tiniest "slices" of onion I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE outside of a McDonald's burger!!!!

Seriously, I had to get a spoon because the meat dribbles weren't even big enough to scoop up with a fork- much less spear! And, of course, it was pretty much fat and grizzle (how in the seven hells they managed to make actual FAT dry too- I honestly don't even want to know- I mean, I'm the first to admit that a chef's only as good as the quality of their ingredients- and that was obviously the majority of the problem but COME ON!!!!!)

Now, I'll grant, the baklava was good.... all three bites of it....

But, needless to say that given that I was starving at the time, I still managed to choke it down and, obviously, even after polishing everything off, I had to get up and make an ACTUAL dinner for myself.

Sooooo not going back because, I can only surmise that, they've somehow spied out the critics and gave them VIP treatment of some kind here- because these portions at these prices with this piss-poor service and bad quality of ingredients SERIOUSLY SUCKS!

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Raised by Hobbits on 02/27/2011 at 10:33 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I think the food is great. I especially like the Beef Shawarma and their salads.

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Posted by AZspartan on 01/27/2011 at 1:23 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I would like to love this place but when I was there the food was incredibly bland. I left thinking that I had just had the worst middle eastern food in my entire life. I much prefer the place on university boulevard.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by no on 01/11/2011 at 8:17 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Worst Middle Eastern food in Tucson.

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Posted by agmtb on 12/15/2010 at 4:13 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Worst Middle Eastern food in town.

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Posted by agmtb on 12/15/2010 at 4:12 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Oh man! Live and learn. One of the worst Middle Eastern / Greek, whatever you wanna call it restaurants this side of the Mississippi. We are sorry to sound so harsh but it was plain awful. On a positive note there are a couple of decent places for this style of cuisine in the area but we won't name names and play favorites here.

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Posted by RetiredCouple on 12/13/2010 at 2:25 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

The food here is totally bland and NOTHING ordered between myself and the 3 other people I went with was remotely fresh. According to my friend, they got a new owner a couple years ago and that's when the food started to suck.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jjessika on 11/23/2010 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Falafel King

I also enjoyed the food, the tahini was great. Considering there were only a few customers, there was no reason why the indoor tables were not clean.

Posted by alex2010 on 10/31/2010 at 5:52 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I love the salads, they are fresh and full of crisp veggies with garbanzo beans and a delicious dressing. Another favorite is the persian chicken kebob- Jojeh sandwich I find the sauce and onions in this wrap, I have not been able to try much more because these are my favorites.

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Posted by sasep on 10/23/2010 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Zayna Mediterranean Cafe

By far the best mid eastern food in southern Arizona. Great filafel, always made well.
Indoor and patio seating, not expensive.

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Posted by agmtb on 10/03/2010 at 5:50 PM

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