December 30, 2016

A Comparative Review: Tabliet Massaad vs. The Original Massaad

The comparative series are a set of reviews I'll be publishing from now on. I'll be ordering the same item from different places for a constructive comparison... let's enjoy a Tawouk and meat sandwich from "Massaad".

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"Tabliet Massaad", "The Original Massaad" of "Massaad Barbecue", three names which originated from the same recipe created by Adel Massaad up in Zahle. The three different restaurants - probably relatives - have started the franchising race across Lebanon. They are all known for today’s trend called "The Tablieh" - the chicken sandwich covered with sesame and served on a wooden board. 

"Massaad Barbecue", the original one, which is not in my delivery zone, was not part of today's comparison. I'll be reviewing it at a later stage.

For lunch I ordered a meat sandwich and a tawouk sandwich from both. 

Price: /10

  • The Original Massaad: LBP 9,500 both meat and chicken. 9/10
  • Tabliet Massaad: LBP 10,000 for chicken and LBP 11,000 for meat. 7/10

Box Presentation: /10

The box produced by the same supplier is exactly the same. Same carton quality and same compartments. It's divided into several compartments hosting hummus in a plastic container, fries, garlic paste, coleslaw salad, a bag of pickles and the sandwich. Tabliet Massaad sends tabbouleh instead of coleslaw with the meat sandwich.

The staff at “The Original Massaad” tear the box to create an opening; when they shouldn't because it's pre-perforated.

  • The Original Massaad 7/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 8/10

Quantity: /10

Exactly the same for both.

  • The Original Massaad 9/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 9/10

Food Temperature: /10

  • The Original Massaad 6/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 6/10

Fries: /10

Arrived cold and chewy.

  • The Original Massaad 3/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 2/10

Salads' Taste: /10

Coleslaw salads are both tasteless, Tabliet Massad's is bland and The Original Massaad’s has a pronounced flavor of mayonnaise. Tabbouleh is not good; too sweet and soggy.

  • The Original Massaad 4/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 2/10

Pickles' Taste: /10

Exactly the same quality and taste.

  • The Original Massaad 7/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 7/10

Hummus' Taste: /10

  • The Original Massaad 6/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 4/10

Sandwich's Taste: /10

The meat sandwich at "The original Massaad" is better; the meat is served on a double layer of bread, hummus and a spread of garlic and no sesame. The chicken Tawouk sandwiches are exactly the same in both places. Shockingly the same: same taste, same recipe, same toasting. Bread is fresh and soft.

  • The Original Massaad 8/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 7/10

 Value for Money: /10

  • The Original Massaad 8/10
  • Tabliet Massaad 7/10

Total: /100

  • The Original Massaad 64/100
  • Tabliet Massaad 59/100

In my opinion, they're barely different. "Tabliet Massaad" is trendier and has more franchises across the country. I recommend you order from the closest place to your location hoping to receive your food hot. PS: try their Saj Burger, I enjoy it every single time.




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