By Aishah Martin
Putting the crunch back into your breakfast.
It is believed that falafel originated during the days of the pharaohs and has been a popular dish in Egypt and the Middle East ever since. The name is thought to stem from the Arabic word for “spicy” – meffelfel.
I have found some gems for those seeking to enjoy falafel as a quick snack, over a catch up with friends or a sit down family breakfast.
Falafel is made from chickpeas or fava beans or a combination of both. Traditionally, the humble chickpea is the main ingredient and is mixed and flavored to produce the delectably delicious Falafel we know today.
Amara – Their falafel, with its crispy golden-brown exterior, yet moist and flavourful inside, ensures the taste lingers long after the visit has passed.
Location: The Bellevue, Al Shati’ Dist.
Labeeb – A casual dining restaurant offering good quality and generously sized mouth-watering balls of bliss. Coupled with tahini and Arabic bread, this is worth trying out.
Location: Tahlia, Opposite Danube Square
Layla’s Gourmet –Their falafel comes in delicious oval-shaped mounds bursting with flavour served in mini-pita bread, individually wrapped in decorated aluminum foil.
Location: Al Andalus Dist.
Tahina and Falafel – Ideal for an early on-the-run falafel snack at value for money and zesty taste all rolled up in shawarma style.
Location: Al Fitaihi St., Al Andalus Dist.
Shobak –You can choose from brown dough in which to enjoy your scrumptious falafel sandwich without diminishing the taste or quality of the meal.
Location: Tahlia St., Shate’ Dist.
Ghazi Al Hussaini
For traditional Egyptian falafel in sandwiches or in portions, this restaurant offers you the best of street food. At a cost of 3 pieces for SR 1, you will end up craving their falafel on a regular basis.
Location: Sari St. before Al Falak Roundabout
If you plan on stopping by this little street food restaurant, prepare to wait a bit as most locals head there in the morning for their breakfast. Warm insides and crunchy crusts are two aspects you will not get over.
Location: Al Rawdah St. on the corner just before Al Baik