Falafel & Kabab, 11 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 673000 3.5 stars
So on goes my quest for the finest falafel and where better to try than somewhere that has bravely called themselves after this chickpea delicacy (though they have dampened it somewhat by tagging on one of my least favourite foodstuffs – I will never trust a meat that has been sliced up and stuck on a big pole and then reheated by what appears to be a Calor Kosangas heater (readers under 20 may need to look this reference up).
The Cost: €7.50 for a falafel meal.
The Look: It is all very orange inside, with a splash of pine. The chairs are hard plastic and bright orange too, but somehow there is a sense of welcome. Maybe it is the nice Arabic fabrics hanging on the walls or the faint smell of an apple shisha pipe.
The Goods: Well they offer falafel and, yes, you've guessed it, kebabs. They also have some wraps and burgers, and they do well-priced lunchtime specials. My falafel meal includes chips and a drink, the basic falafel is €4.50, making a good value lunch.
The Bad: The décor could certainly do with more Arabic touches, it is all a little too orange to eat in and they may increase takeaway trade if they have a discounted price for that.
The Result: But the staff are so welcoming and engaging that you are almost persuaded to linger. And this is a fine example of a falafel. Cooked fresh in front of me, the chilli sauce having a nice kick, the pickled red cabbage adding another dimension. I don't know, though, I'm just not quite convinced that this is the very best falafel in town. Keep tweeting your champions @dayandnightmag
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